Forrest, Edwin (1806-1875), an American actor, was born in Philadelphia. In 1820 he first appeared as Douglas in Home's tragedy. A few years later he played Othello at New York, and in 1836-37 he played in London. In 1845 his Macbeth was hissed, and in return he is said to have hissed Macready and to have greatly offended his English admirers. In 1849 he was the cause of the Astor Place riot in New York, jealousy of Macready again being the determining motive. From 1853 to 1860 he was in retirement, but again came forward at New York, and was successful. His after efforts, however, were in a great measure failures. His last appearance was in 1871.