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1853 - 1937
The actor Johnston Forbes-Robertson had the reputation to be one of the greates stage actors of his time. One of his greatest success was "Hamlet", who he impersonated at the end of the 19th century and even George Bernard Shaw was enthusiastic about it.
George Bernad Shaw wrote later the role of Cäsar in his play "Cäsar und Cleopatra" especially for Johnston Forbes-Robertson.
His acting career began in 1874 with a role in the play "Mary Queen
of scots". In the next decades he became a celebrated star who was impressive
in classical as well as modern plays.
Although the film business had not an important position in his career
he recognized the possibility in this medium to maintain his work for the
posterity. Therefore it presented itself to film two of his most famous
performances - "Hamlet" (13) and "The Passing of the Third Floor Back"
Johnston Forbes-Robertson was married with the actress Gertrude Elliott.