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POWER, Tyrone, actor, born in Kihnacthomas, Ireland, 2 November, 1797; died at sea in March, 1841. He made his first appearance on the stage at Newport, Isle of Wight, in 1815, as Alonzo, in Kotzebue's play of "Pizarro." In 1817 Power married a lady of means, and after playing for about a year in Edinburgh, Dublin, and the provinces, he retired from the stage. Two years later he joined an African exploring expedition that set out from the Cape of Good Hope toward the equator, and sacrificed all his means in this unsuccessful enterprise. Eventually he returned home to resume his connection with the theatre, and for several years filled subordinate parts at different London playhouses. At this time he proffered his services to several American managers as a leading performer in juvenile tragedy. Some years afterward, while playing with the Covent garden company, he was given the Irish character of O'Shaughnessy in the farce of " The £100 Note," and rendered it with such perfection that it marked out his true line of characters. During his last engagement at the Haymarket theatre, Power's salary was advanced to £150 per week. He visited the United States .on two occasions, from 1833 until 1835, and from 1839 until 1841, and met with extraordinary success. He made his American debut at the Park theatre in New York city on 28 August, 1833, in the plays of " The Irish Ambassador" and " Teddy the Tiler." His last appearance was at the same house on 9 March, 1841. Among the dramas in which he performed were " Tile Nervous Man and Man of Nerve," " Paddy Carey," "St. Patrick's Eve," "The Irish Tutor," "The White Horse of the Peppers, ' Rory O'More," and " O'Flannigan and the Fairies." Some of these were written for him" others were dramatized by himself. He left New York for Liverpool on the steamer " President" on 21 March, 1841. Three days later tile vessel was met on the ocean, but it was never heard of afterward. Power was an easy actor, endowed with wit and humor, set off by vocal ability and a rich Irish brogue. He was the intimate friend of Fitz-Greene Halleck and other well-known literary men His publications include " Impressions of America" (2 vols., London, 1835) ; "The King's Secret" ; and "The Lost Heir."
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