Edwin Adams

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Edwin Adams (February 3, 1834 – October 28, 1877) was an American stage actor, considered to have been one of America's best light comedians.

He was born in Medford, Massachusetts, and began his career on the stage in The Hunchback, at the National Theatre in Boston. He also appeared in Hamlet with Kate Josephine Bateman in 1860, as well in The Serf in 1865, and The Dead Heart, Wild Oats, The Lady of Lyons, Narcisse, and The Marble Heart.

In 1869, Adams joined Edwin Booth's acting company, appearing in Romeo and Juliet, Narcisse, Othello, and Enoch Arden, based on the poem by Alfred Tennyson. From 1870-75, Adams toured the country performing his best-known roles.

His last appearance was at the California Theatre in San Francisco in 1876. His health failed on a visit to Australia, and he died in Philadelphia in 1877.


  • American National Biography, vol. 1, pp. 83–84.
  • Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1963.

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