Frederic De Belleville

Frederic De Belleville (February 17, 1855 in Liège – February 25, 1923 in New York City)[1][2] was a Belgian-born American stage actor.

Frederic De Belleville
Frederic De Belleville - WWOTS1908.jpg
BornFebruary 17, 1855
DiedFebruary 25, 1923 (aged 68)
OccupationActor
Years active1873-1923
Spouse(s)Edith Emmy Mueller (1908 - 19??; union dissolved)
Dorothy Chester (July 1898 - 19??; union dissolved)
Kate Cleveland, aka Kate Massi (January 1, 1886 - April 1, 1893; her death)
Edith Cornish (January 1, 1880 - January 5, 1884; union annulled)
Julia Jacobs Josephs (1876-1884; union dissolved)

He began his career in 1873 in London and arrived in the United States in 1880. An early newspaper account records him as starring in a play False Friend for A. M. Palmer.[3] He was long a leading man on the stage to Clara Morris, Rose Coghlan, Mrs. Fiske and Viola Allen.[4] De Belleville appeared in three silent films.

De Belleville was apparently married and divorced several times.[citation needed] An early wife Maude Stuart died in childbirth in 1886. Their newborn son also called Frederic De Belleville did not survive infancy. He is buried beside Stuart.[5]

Selected playsEdit

  • Hoodman Blind (1887) (w/ Viola Allen)[6]
  • Honour (1895)
  • Love Finds the Way (1898)
  • Little Italy (1899)
  • Monte Cristo (1900)
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1902)
  • Divorcons (1902)
  • The Eternal City (1902)
  • Susan in Search of a Husband, A Tenement Tragedy (1906)
  • A Marriage of Reason (1907)
  • Samson (1908)
  • Everywoman (1911)
  • Where Ignorance Is Bliss (1913)
  • Secret Strings (1914)
  • Caesar's Wife (1919)
  • The Guest of Honor (1920)
  • The Humming Bird (1923)(*De Belleville died during this play)

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Silent Film Necrology 2nd edition p.126 by Eugene M. Vazzana c.2001
  2. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976 volume 2 D-H page 627 (same page under Belleville vol.1 A-C) compiled from editions originally published annually by John Parker; 1976 edition by Gale Research Company
  3. ^ Chicago Daily Tribune, December 12, 1880 "FALSE FRIEND, One Week Only"
  4. ^ Great Actors & Actresses of the American Stage, in Historic Photographs p.37 c.1983 edited by Stanley Appelbaum
  5. ^ Springfield Globe-Republic August 29, 1886
  6. ^ Morning Journal and Courier [New Haven, Ct] November 24, 1887; "Hoodman Blind"

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