Biography of Richard Mansfield


Mansfield, Richard. Actor. Born in Helgoland, Germany, in 1857. Studied for East Indian civil service, but came to Boston and opened a studio. Studied art in England, and later entered the theatrical profession. Played small parts in comic opera. Came to United States again and appeared at Standard Theater, NY, as Dromez in "Les Manteaux Noirs." Was very successful in a wide repertoire, from Koko in "Mikado" to Richard III. Was head of his own company, and created such parts as Beau Brummel, Baron Chevrial, and the titular roles in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Appeared as Cyrano de Bergerac in 1898, and played Shylock, Henry V, Beaucaire, and Brutus in "Julius Caesar." Married Beatrice Cameron, his leading woman. Author: "Blown Away," "Monsieur," "Ten Thousand a Year," and "Don Juan." Died 1907.