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Wilbur Higby

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Wilbur Higby
Higby (right) in The Medicine Man, 1917
Born(1867-08-21)August 21, 1867
DiedDecember 1, 1934(1934-12-01) (aged 67)
Years active1914-1934

Wilbur Higby (August 21, 1867 – December 1, 1934) was an American actor of the silent era. He appeared in more than 70 films between 1914 and 1934.

Stage

In the mid-1890s, Higby was a member of the stock company of the Grand Opera House in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Later in the 1890s and into the early 1900s, he performed with other stock groups in a variety of locales such as York, Pennsylvania;[2] Rochester, New York;[3] and Brooklyn, New York.[4]

By 1903, Higby had his own troupe, the Wilbur Higby Dramatic Company, which was described in a newspaper article as "one of the highest class repertoire organizations in this country."[5] Within four years, however, the Higby Company had apparently ceased to exist. A 1907 newspaper article described Higby as "leading man with the Morey Stock Co. this season."[6]

Later life

Higby's daughter, Mary Jane Higby, was an actress in television and old-time radio who made one film appearance, as Janet Fay in The Honeymoon Killers. Higby died in Hollywood, California in 1934, aged 67, from pneumonia.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ "Grand Opera House". Boston Post. Connecticut, Bridgeport. September 15, 1896. p. 5. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ "Mimmeleins Ideals". The York Daily. Pennsylvania, York. November 15, 1898. p. 1. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ "Amusements". Democrat and Chronicle. New York, Rochester. November 10, 1899. p. 14. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "Stock Companies". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. November 10, 1903. p. 7. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "Will Manage Fine Dramatic Company". The Fort Wayne Sentinel. Indiana, Fort Wayne. April 18, 1904. p. 3. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Opens Monday Night". Abilene Daily Reflector. Kansas, Abilene. September 28, 1907. p. 5. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
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