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Lawrence Barrett

Barrett, Lawrence (bârˈət) [key], 1838–91, American actor, b. Paterson, N.J. An excellent romantic actor, he is best remembered for his portrayal of Cassius to the Brutus of Edwin Booth. Barrett made his New York debut (1856) in The Hunchback and appeared (1858–59) with the Boston Museum Company. He was associated with Booth from 1866 to 1889. A dignified actor, tall, with classic features, Barrett excelled in Shakespeare. He wrote a biography of Edwin Forrest (1881).

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