Ira frederick aldridge became one of the most celebrated shakespearean actors of the victorian age, and was the first black actor to make a name for himself interpreting nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice: new biographical information on ira aldridge african american review, vol. He rose to become one of europe's leading performers and more honours were showered upon him than any other actor, breaking racial barriers during a time when many of his black american contemporaries were still enslaved ira aldridge was born near new york city in 1807, his parents reverend daniel and luronah. When ira frederick aldridge was born, the son of free parents, in new york city in 1807, slavery was legal in the state of new york his father was a straw after performing at new york's african grove theatre, at seventeen he sailed to england in 1824 to seek roles unavailable to him in america he was eighteen when he. Shakespeare buffs, actors and ordinary citizens in england turned out to honor an extraordinary american actor this week ira aldridge came from new york to england in the 1820s and became one of the best shakespearean actors of his day he was aldridge was born free in new york city in 1807. Ira aldridge performed as 'the african roscius', after a famous roman actor ira frederick aldridge became the first black actor to play othello his first major performance of the african american actor ira aldridge was born in new york city and came to britain as a teenager to pursue a career on the stage zoë wilcox. (1807-1867), actor sitter in 4 portraits born in new york and educated at the new york african free school, where aldridge developed an interest in theatre aldridge is the only actor of african-american descent among the 33 actors of the english stage honoured with bronze plaques at the shakespeare memorial. Ira frederick aldridge was the first african american actor to achieve success on the international stage & was the preeminent actor and tragedian of the century ira aldridge in the title role of othello “the african american actor ira aldridge was born in new york city and came to britain as a teenager to pursue a career.
Ira frederick aldridge (1807–1867) was a prominent african-american shakespearean actor who visited the birthplace several times following his mother's death and father's re-marriage, he ran away to sea and had a narrow escape when a slave dealer wanted to purchase him from the ship's captain. In turn, the ukrainian poet and artist knew only a handful of english words – but this did not impede them from communicating and even developing a true affection for each other ira frederick aldridge, the first great african american theatrical actor, was born on july 24, 1807 into the family of a preacher. Actor he gained fame in the 19th century as one of the most prominent african- american shakespearian actors and the first american actor to perform in russia born in new york city, new york, he was the son of poor citizens of class known as free negroes educated at new york's african free school, he won many.
Ira frederick aldridge was born in new york in 1807, the year the slave trade was outlawed in britain unable to follow his passion to become a classical actor in america, where slavery and extreme racial prejudice were still rife, ira came to britain in 1824 and began performing in theatres up and down the. In celebration of the reopening of tate britain, tate etc invited a selection of artists from around the world to choose a favoured work from a fellow artist slave, an anonymous man in an anonymous space, for which the american actor ira frederick aldridge (born a free man) probably served as a model. Ira frederick aldridge was born on july 24, 1807 in new york however, his included in this evidence are his british naturalization papers and death certificate his father was in that time, when blacks were starting to be accepted in american culture, a religious profession was something to aspire to therefore, daniel.
Little is known about ira aldridge's early life using statements made by aldridge himself on playbills, in a diary he kept on one of his continental tours, and in his application for british citizenship, marshall and stock were able to establish that he was born in new york city on july 24, 1807 james mccune smith adds. Ira aldridge was a revered african-american shakespearean actor who received accolades in europe during the 19th century learn more at biographycom born on july 24, 1807, in new york city, ira frederick aldridge was the son of lurona and daniel aldridge the young aldridge attended the. The biography of this extraordinary african-american actor (especially famous in shakespearean roles) is fascinating and continues to attract ukrainian authors mainly explored the friendship of taras shevchenko and ira aldridge, as in ivan kulinych's poet i trahik (kyiv, 1964 x908/1462) where the.
Ira frederick aldridge was an african american stage actor who featured in plays on both sides of the atlantic during his tours of britain, aldridge visited the east riding of yorkshire periodically between 1829 and 1859 playing a wide variety of characters he was aldridge was born on 24 july 1807 his father was. Ira frederick aldridge 19th-century american actor born: july 24, 1804 birthplace: new york, ny aldridge was born to free blacks in new york city, and educated at the new york after the african theatre closed in 1823, aldridge emigrated to england where black actors in the 19th century had far greater opportunities.
Culture: ira frederick aldridge: american\african american exhibition label: the career of ira aldridge illustrates the costs that racism inflicted on african americans and on america itself aldridge was one of the great actors of his age- but he was black unable to work in america, he moved to england in the 1820s and. Ira frederick aldridge: ira frederick aldridge, american-born english tragedian, considered one of the greatest interpreters of his day aldridge performed in his teens at the african grove theatre in new york city, the first theatre in the united states that catered to and was managed by african americans he. Ira frederick aldridge (july 24, 1807 – august 7, 1867) was an american and later british stage actor and playwright who made his career after 1824 largely on the london stage and in europe, especially in shakespearean roles born in new york city, aldridge is. In honor of black history month, i wanted to talk about the life of ira aldridge, the first african american shakespearean actor ira frederick aldridge was born in new york city to reverend daniel and luranah aldridge in july 24, 1805 his first job was as a dresser for the british actor henry wallack.