fairy-taleelements of the play, and ultimately creating the 19th-century's most popular male character. Almost as famous was his interpretation of Bob Acres in The Rivals, a part he played hundreds of times. He was one of the first star actors in America to establish his own road company the earlier practice was to depend for support on local stock companies. Jefferson was also a landscape painter and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1893 he succeeded Edwin Booth as president of the Players' Club, thus becoming the recognized dean of his profession. He retired in 1904.
See his autobiography, ed. by A. S. Downer (1964) biographies by G. Malvern (1945), A. W. Bloom (2000), and B. McArthur (2007) W. Winter, The Jeffersons (1881, repr. 1969).
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