James O. Barrows

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James O. Barrows
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Barrows in ad for "Brown's in town", 1898
James Otis Barrows

(1855-03-29)March 29, 1855
DiedDecember 7, 1925(1925-12-07) (aged 70)
Other namesJames O. Barrow[1]
Years active1870s - 1925

James Otis Barrows (March 29, 1855 - December 7, 1925)[2] was an American stage and film actor. He spent much of his adult life in the legitimate theater from the Victorian to Edwardian to Georgian eras.[3]

Barrows debuted "as a super" at the California Theatre in San Francisco, after which he acted with a touring stock company in the Northwest before returning to San Francisco to act in stock productions at the Baldwin Theatre and the Grand Opera House. Later, he acted in Boston with the Castle Square Theatre's stock company before partnering with John Lancaster and moving into vaudeville to do dramatic sketches.[4] He spent half a dozen years in vaudeville.[5] In 1919 he began appearing in silent feature films playing elderly roles much like theater colleagues of his generation i.e. Melbourne MacDowell, Ida Waterman, Joseph J. Dowling, Frank Currier and Theodore Roberts. Barrows can be seen in several surviving silent films, his last being the 1926 John Barrymore starrer The Sea Beast completed just before his death.[6]



  1. ^ "James O. Barrow". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on January 23, 2021. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "James O. Brown". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies, Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  3. ^ James O. Barrows: North American Theatre Online; AlexanderStreet
  4. ^ Briscoe, Johnson (1907). The Actors' Birthday Book: An Authoritative Insight Into the Lives of the Men and Women of the Stage Born Between January 1 and December 31. Moffat, Yard. p. 81. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  5. ^ The Actor's Birthday Book, January 1-December 31, 1907, page 81, by Johnson Briscoe
  6. ^ Ellenberger, Allen R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 113.

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