Saturday, November 20, 2010
Charles Sidney Gilpin (November 20, 1878 - May 6, 1930) worked as an apprentice in the Richmond Planet print shop before finding his career in theater and becoming one of the most highly regarded actors of the 1920s. He first came on stage as a singer at the age of twelve. In 1896, Gilpin joined a minstrel show, leaving Richmond and beginning a life on the road for many years. While not on stage in theaters, restaurants, and fairs he worked odd jobs as a printer, barber, boxing trainer, and railroad porter. In 1903, Gilpin joined Hamilton, Ontarioís Canadian Jubilee Singers.
Two years later he performed with the red cross and the candy shop of America traveling musical troupes. He also played his first dramatic roles and honed his character acting while he appeared with Robert Mottís Pekin Theater in Chicago for four years, until 1911. Soon after, he toured the United States with the Pan-American Octetts and spent some time with Rogers and Creamerís Old Manís Boy Company in New York. In 1915, Gilpin joined the Anita Bush Players as it moved from the Lincoln Theater in Harlem to the Lafayette Theater, a time when many famous black theatrical careers were launched.
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