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MANN, LOUIS:

American actor; born in New York city 1865; son of Daniel and Caroline Mann. He began his career as an actor when but six years of age. In 1880 Mann went on tour with a small company, and subsequently was engaged by the elder Salvini (1881), by Lewis Morrison (1882), and by J. K. Emmett (1888). At the conclusion of these engagements Mann set out as a "barnstormer" in classical drama. Among the parts he has created may be mentioned that of Utterson the lawyer, in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," as presented by Daniel Bandmann (1887). Mann next appeared in "Incog," in which he took one of the leading parts (1891). His next conspicuous success was in 1896, in a burlesque of the character of Svengali in "The Merry World." Later he turned his attention to German comedy parts and originated those in "The Strange Adventures of Miss Brown" (1896), "The Girl from Paris" (1897), "The Telephone Girl" (1898), "All on Account of Eliza" (1901), and "Master and Pupil." Since then Mann has devoted himself especially to these and character parts. In 1902 he took the leading rôle in "The Red Kloof," and later joined Weber and Fields of New York, being associated with them in their productions until the dissolution of their partnership in 1904.

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