Charles Macklin
(1690-1797)

Died aged c. 107

Charles Macklin (26 September 1690 – 11 July 1797), [Gaelic: Cathal MacLochlainn] (Charles McLaughlin in English), was an Irish actor and dramatist who performed extensively at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Macklin revolutionised theatre in the 18th century by introducing a "natural style" of acting. He is also famous for accidentally killing a man during a fight over a wig at the same theatre. Born in County Donegal in Ulster in the north of Ireland, brought up in Dublin, where he attended school in Islandbridge after his father's death and his mother's remarriage, Macklin became known for his many performances in the tragedy and comedy genre of plays. He gained his greatest fame in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Macklin enjoyed a long career which was often steeped in controversy before dying aged 106.

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Bow Street was formed about 1637. It has been the residence of many notable men, among whom were Henry Fielding (novelist), Sir John Fielding (magistrate), Grinling Gibbons (woodcarver), Charles Macklin (actor), John Radcliffe (physician), Charles Sackville Earl of Dorset (poet), William Wycherley (dramatist)

19-20 Bow Street, Westminster, WC2, London, United Kingdom where they lived