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WALCOT, Charles Melton, actor, born in London, England, in 1815; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 May, 1868. He was educated at Eton, and became an architect, but left his profession for the stage, came to this country, made his first appearance in 1839 in Charleston, So C., and acquired popularity. He frequently played at the old Olympic theatre and at Wallack's, but in 1866 removed to Philadelphia. He was particularly excellent in eccentric comedy, and was also a prolific playwright. Among his original and arranged plays are "The Course of True Love "(1839); "Washington, or Valley Forge" (1842); "The Custom of the Country" (1848) ; "The Haunted Man" (1848); " David Copperfield" (1848)" " Hoboken " (1849) . "Edith " (184:9) ; " One Cast for Two Suits" (1854); " Hiawatha" (1855)" and "A Good Fellow" (1857). His songs include "My Love is a Sailor Boy " and "My own Little Rose."--His son, Charles Melton, actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1 July, 1840, was graduated at St. John's college, Fordham, New York, in 1858, and in that year made his debut in Charleston. He is successful in light comedy and is a member of the Lyceum theatre company of New York.
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