Stars of Vaudeville #559: Henry E. Dixey
Today is the birthday of Henry E. Dixey (1859-1943) star of melodrama, musical comedy and vaudeville. A Boston native, he started out at the age of ten in the role of the boy “Peanuts” in Under the Gaslight. His most famous part was the title role in the burlesque Adonis which he played constantly from 1884 through 1900. In vaudeville, he acted in playlets and comedy sketches, and also showcased his skills as a dancer. He retired from the stage in the late 1920s.
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.