Jefferson, Joseph  (1829 – 1905)
American Actor. Born in Phildadelphia, Pennsylvania into a family of actors, he was the third actor in his family to be named Joseph Jefferson. At the age of three he made his stage debut. In 1859, Jefferson starred in a stage production of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, the story of a man who falls into a magical 20-year sleep and wakes to find he has slumbered through the Revolutionary War. Americans loved his portrayal of RipVan Winkle so much that Jefferson never created another role for himself. Joseph Jefferson remained one of the most popular comic actors in America through the end of the 19th century.

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Joseph Jefferson, actor born Philadelphia 1829 died 1905 known for role of Rip Van Winkle and Bob Acres in The Rivals


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