Booth, Barton (1681-1733), an English actor, son of a Lancashire squire. From Westminster he was to have gone to Cambridge, but took to the boards instead. On Betterton's refusal to ernploy him, he played for two seasons at Dublin. In 1700 Betterton gave him an opportunity, and he soon became a public favourite. He played the Ghost in Hamlet (1708), and his Cato in 1713 brought him both gain and glory. Henry VIII., Othello, Brutus, Hotspur, and Lothario were favourite characters of his.