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1849 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • May 10 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady's performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]
  • Sep 10 1st performance by American actor Edwin Booth (Richard III)

Actors and Actresses Born in 1849

  • Sep 21 Maurice Barrymore [Herbert Blythe], Indian-born British actor and patriarch of the Barrymore family, born in Fort Agra, India (d. 1905)
  • Dec 26 Samuel "Sam" van Beem, Flemish actor (Fanfan la Tulipe), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1912)