Wilfred Lucas

Wilfred Lucas (January 30, 1871 – December 13, 1940) was a Canadian-born American stage actor who found success in film as an actor, director, and screenwriter. Norman Wilfred Lucas was born in Norfolk County, Ontario on January 30, 1871,. most likely in the township of Townsend where at the time his father served as a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was the youngest of three sons to be raised by Daniel Lucas and the former E. Adeline Reynolds, in Townsend and later Montreal, Quebec. Lucas attended Montreal High School and McGill University before immigrating to America in the late 1880s. His early career there was that of a baritone singer performing at church functions and at small venues. On October 10, 1898 Lucas, by then a member of a stock company headed by actor James Durkin, wed fellow cast member Louise Perine at Elmira, New York. The couple went on to have two sons before their divorce sometime before 1910. Five years after he married Louise, Lucas became an American citizen at a ceremony held in San Bernardino, California. Wilfred Lucas eventually made a name for himself performing in light and grand opera in America and abroad.


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