Sam Wanamaker Biography
Birthday: June 14, 1919 (Gemini)
Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Sam Wanamaker was an American actor and director who played an instrumental role in reconstructing the New Globe Theatre in London. A native of Chicago, he was trained at Goodman Theater before starting his acting career by performing in traveling shows. He made his Broadway debut in 1942 with the play ‘Cafe Crown’. He studied at Drake University before serving in the US Army during the World War II. After leaving the army, he made his feature film debut with the movie ‘My Girl Tisa’. In 1952, during the McCarthy ‘Red Scare’ period, he realized that being a communist sympathizer he faced the risk of being blacklisted in Hollywood and decided to live in London. He worked in many television series, movies, and stage productions over the course of his career. Being a Shakespeare enthusiast, he decided to restore the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre at its original place in London. In 1940, he married Canadian actress Charlotte Holland and had three children with her. In July 1993, he was awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his work in reconstructing the Globe Theatre. On December 18, 1993, he died of prostate cancer in London, prior to the opening of the Globe.