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Charles Macklin (26 September 1690 – 11 July 1797), was an Irish actor and dramatist who performed extensively at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Macklin revolutionised theatre in the 18th century by introducing a "natural style" of acting. He gained his greatest fame in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Macklin enjoyed a long career which was often steeped in controversy before dying aged 106.


He is also famous for killing fellow actor Thomas Hallam in a fight over a wig at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. In addition to Hallam he was accused of having killed another actor, Henry Pyke in a fit of rage. Pyke's unjust killing and the lack of legal ramifications for Macklin over his death resulted in Pyke's rise as a vengeful spirit later on.

Among his work's was a play called The Married Libertine. A revival performance was attended by both William Skirmish and Brandon Coopertown, not long before Toby bit the nose of the latter on Hampstead Heath. [1]