- Bruce McConachie
Forrest, Edwin (1806–1872), actor, was born on 9 March 1806 on George Street, Old Southwark, Philadelphia, the sixth of the seven children of William Forrest (1758–1819), a Scottish-American bank messenger, and his wife, Rebecca Lauman (1763–1847). As a young man he took elocution lessons and performed with an amateur acting society, the conventional route to an acting career in a profession still dominated by English theatrical traditions. He also trained his body by practising acrobatics, a regimen he continued throughout his life. Soon after his début in 1820, he went west with a travelling troupe and finally arrived in ...