Junius Brutus Booth was the patriarch of the Maryland Booths. Born in England, he achieved early fame in London theaters rivaling the biggest stars of the day. He immigrated to America with his love, Mary Ann Holmes, fleeing his from his real wife and eyeing even greater success in this country. America welcomed him with open arms and for decades he toured the nation as a unparalleled theatrical genius. With genius also came madness. Junius was known to be so passionate and enveloped in the characters he portrayed that, mixed with increasing bouts of drunkedness, he often blurred the line between his real life and the dramatic characters he played on the stage. This caused stress for the Booth family but, when sober, Junius was a very devoted husband and father. He inspired three of his sons to make theater their career and influenced generations of actors. The newest Picture Gallery here on BoothieBarn is devoted to this passionate leader of the Booth Family, Junius Brutus Booth.
To learn more about Junius, read Dr. Stephen Archer’s unparalleled biography, Junius Brutus Booth: Theatrical Prometheus