Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Ira Aldridge, 1807-1867

Ira Frederick Aldridge (July 24, 1807 – 7 August 1867) was an American actor who made his career largely on the London stage and in Europe, especially in Shakespearean roles. He is the only actor of African-American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage honored with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. He was especially popular in Prussia and Russia, where he received top honors from heads of state.


  1. Nice post, I have not herd about him until now. You really d learn something everyday.

  2. You do! But only if you're open to it!