Hamilton Revelle

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Hamilton Revelle
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Arthur Lloyd Hamilton Engstrom

31 May 1867
Died11 April 1958 (1958-04-12) (aged 90)
Years active1890s to 1927

Hamilton Revelle (31 May 1867 - 11 April 1958) was a British-born stage and later silent screen actor.



He was born Arthur Lloyd Hamilton Engstrom at Moorish Castle in Gibraltar, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. His parents were George Lloyd Engström, an officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, and his wife Louisa Maria Revell. [2]

Revelle famously was arrested on 5 March 1900, along with his female co-star Olga Nethersole, for performing the play Sapho which was considered salacious for the time for its depiction of a woman who has love affairs with men to whom she is not married. Their theatre was padlocked by the New York Police. Two plays replaced Sapho, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray and The Profligate. Eventually, the two were freed and the play was allowed to continue. The trial for Sapho and Nethersole began on 3 April 1900 and Nethersole and Revelle were acquitted on 7 April. The play was allowed to continue. [3]


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  1. Eugene Michael Vazzana, Silent Film Necrology 2nd edition p.441 c.2001
  2. Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976 compiled from editions originally published annually by John Parker; 1976 edition published by Gale Research Company
    - His correct birth name, age, and identity of his mother ascertained from UK Census of 1911, transcription viewable at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XW94-F89 Accessed 17 April 2020
  3. "Sapho". Internet Broadway Database.
    - Stanley Appelbaum (ed.), Great Actors & Actresses of the American Stage in Historic Photographs, page 27 c.1983