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Charles Kemble

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Brecon, Powys, Wales
Death: November 12, 1854 (78)
Kensington, London, Middlesex, England UK
Place of Burial: Kensal Green, London, Middlesex, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Kemble and Sarah "Kelly" Kemble
Husband of Marie Theresa Kemble
Father of Philip Kemble; John Mitchell Kemble; Frances Anne "Fanny" Butler; Henry James Kemble and Adelaide Sartoris
Brother of Sarah Kemble Siddons; John Philip Kemble; George Stephen Kemble; Frances Twiss; Elizabeth Whitlock and 7 others

Occupation: actor
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About Charles Kemble

Charles Kemble (25 November 1775 – 12 November 1854) was a British actor, the youngest son of Roger Kemble.

A younger brother of John Philip Kemble, Stephen Kemble and Sarah Siddons, he was born at Brecon, South Wales. Like John Philip, he was educated at Douai. After returning to England in 1792, he obtained a job in the post office, but soon resigned to go on the stage, making his first recorded appearance at Sheffield as Orlando in As You Like It in that year. During the early part of his career as an actor he slowly gained popularity. For a considerable time he played with his brother and sister, chiefly in secondary parts, and received little attention.

His first London appearance was on 21 April 1794, as Malcolm to his brother's Macbeth. Ultimately he won independent fame, especially in such characters as Archer in George Farquhar's Beaux' Stratagem, Dorincourt in Hannah Cowley's Belle's Stratagem, Charles Surface and Ranger in Benjamin Hoadley's Suspicious Husband. His Laërtes and Macduff were as accomplished as his brother's Hamlet and Macbeth. His production of Cymbeline in 1827 inaugurated the trend to historical accuracy in stagings of that play that reached a peak with Henry Irving at the turn of the century.

In comedy he was ably supported by his wife, Marie Therese De Camp, whom he married on 2 July 1806. His visit, with his daughter Fanny, to America during 1832 and 1834, aroused much enthusiasm. The later part of his career was beset by money troubles in connection with his joint proprietorship of Covent Garden theatre. He formally retired from the stage in December 1836, but his final appearance was on 10 April 1840. For some time he held the office of examiner of plays. In 1844-1845 he gave readings from Shakespeare at Willis's Rooms. Macready regarded his Cassio as incomparable, and summed him up as "a first-rate actor of second-rate parts."

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Charles Kemble's Timeline

November 25, 1775
Brecon, Powys, Wales
Age 30
Newman Street, London, England
April 2, 1807
Age 31
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
November 27, 1809
Age 34
Paddington, Greater London, UK
December 1812
Age 37
February 13, 1815
Age 39
November 12, 1854
Age 78
London, Middlesex, England UK
November 12, 1854
Age 78
London, Middlesex, England UK