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BARRETT, George Hooker, comedian, born in Exeter, England, 9 June 1794; died in New York City, 5 September 1860. His father, Giles Leonard Barrett, first appeared on the American stage at the Haymarket, Boston, 28 December 1796, as " Ranger." His mother was an actress. In 1806 he played " Young Norval" in the Park theatre, New York. He became manager in 1826, jointly with E. Gilfert, of the Bowery theatre, New York. From 1830 to 1833 he was manager of the Tremont theatre in Boston, and in 1837 performed at the Drury Lane theatre in London. In 1847 he opened the Broadway theatre, New York, which had then recently been built, and for a time was stage manager, during 1852-'3, in Charleston, South Carolina In 1855 he retired from the stage. His forte was in genteel comedy, though he succeeded in low comedy and farce. By his elegance and stateliness he became known as "Gentleman George." His wife, an actress, died in Boston, Massachusetts, 22 December 1853.
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