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The Daily Dispatch: December 31, 1864., [Electronic resource], Death of an old actor. (search)
Death of an old actor. --The death of James William Wallack, an actor of the "old school," is announced in the New York papers. The Times publishes the following obituary of him. "James William Wallack was born in London in 1795. Both his parents were on the stage; his father, William Wallack, being a distinguished comedian and vocalist; and his mother, Elizabeth Field, playing the leading female characters with Mr. Garrick for several years. He made his first appearance in London at the age of seven, and, after playing boys' parts for some time, passed to the Academic Theatre, established by Queen Charlotte, in Leicester street, Leicester Square, where English and German children appeared on alternate nights.--Here he attracted the attention of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who gave him an engagement at Drury Lane. That theatre being subsequently burned down, he went to Ireland; but in 1839 returned to England, and on the opening night at the New Drury Lane appeared as "