German-American actor; born at Cassel, Germany, in 1840. He made his début at the Court Theater, Neu Strelitz, when eighteen years old, playing for the next five years mainly in German versions of Shakespearian plays. In 1863 he left Germany for the United States, where he appeared in an English part, Jan. 15, at Niblo's Garden. During the five years following he toured throughout the United States, his principal and most popular rôle being Shylock. Early in 1868 he went to London, where he appeared at the Lyceum Theater (Feb. 17) in the title-rôle of Brachvogel's "Narciss," founded on Diderot's "Neveu de Rameau" (1760). His next rôle was Vyryan in Bulwer Lytton's "The Rightful Heir" (Oct. 3, 1868), followed by the title part in "Othello" (Nov. 30). In the following year he went to Australia, whence he returned to England by way of the United States (1870-71). His next appearance was at the Queen's Theater, London, in Tom Taylor's "Dead or Alive" (June, 1871). Next he played Hamlet at the Princess Theater (Feb. 10, 1873). Since then Bandmann's appearances have been mainly in the United States, where he bought a ranch. In 1901 he appeared in vaudeville in a condensed version of "The Merchant of Venice."

  • C. E. Pascoe, The Dramatic List, 1880, pp. 27-32;
  • Meyer, Konversations-Lexikon.
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