LESTER WALLACK (John Lester Wallack), for many years the leading light comedian upon the American stage, was
the son of James W. Wallack, the "Brummell of the Stage." Both father and son were noted for their comeliness
of feature and form. Lester Wallack was born in New York, January 1, 1819. He received his education in England,
and made his first appearance on the stage in 1848 at the New Broadway theater, New York. He acted light comedy
parts, and also occasionally in romantic plays like Monte Cristo, which play made him his fame. He went to England
and played under management of such men as Hamblin and Burton,and then returned to New York with his father, who
opened the first Waliack's theater, at the corner of Broome and Broadway, in 1852. The location was afterward changed
to Thirteenth and Broadway, in 1861, and later to its present location, Broadway and Thirteenth, in 1882. The elder
Wallack died in 1864, after which Lester assumed management, jointly with Theodore Moss. Lester Wallack was commissioned
in the queen's service while in England, and there he also married a sister to the famous artist, the late John
Everett Millais. While Lester Wallack never played in the interior cities, his name was as familiar to the public.
as that of our greatest stars. He died September 6, 1888, at Stamford, Connecticut.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
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New York and Chicago 1903.
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