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Matheson Lang


B: May 15, 1879 in Montréal, Québec
D: April 11, 1948 in Bridgetown, Barbados

Matheson Alexander Lang moved to England and made his first stage appearance in 1897 when he was 18-years-old. Before forming his own theatre company, he acted with the companies of Sir Frank Benson, Lillie Langtry, and Ellen Terry. In his early career he toured the United States and the West Indies; after his success in 1908 in Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, he toured South Africa, Australia, and Asia, where his company played Shakespeare with great success. In 1914 he and his wife Hutin Britton inaugurated productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice – which was made into a movie in 1916 – and Hamlet at the Old Vic. He made a relatively small number of films and is mostly remembered for his role as Mr.Wu in 1921. When he wrote his autobiography in 1940 it was titled Mr. Wu Looks Back.

The image of Matheson Lang was scanned from an original large portrait in the Northernstars Collection.

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The Merchant of Venice (1916)
The Ware Case (1917)
Masks and Faces (1917)
The House Opposite (1917)
Victory and Peace (1918)

Mr. Wu (1921)
Carnival (1921)
A Romance of Old Bagdad (1922)
Dick Turpin`s Ride to New York (1922)
The Wandering Jew (1923)
Fire On Board (1923)
Slaves of Destiny (1924)
Port of Lost Souls (1924)
Henry, King of Navarre (1924)
The Chinese Bungalow (1925)
Beyond the Veil (1925)
Island of Despair (1926)
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1929)

The Chinese Bungalow (1930)
Carnival (remake of 1921 version, 1931)
Channel Crossing (1932)
Little Friend (1934)
The Great Defender (1934)
Royal Cavalcade (1935)
Drake of England (1935)
The Cardinal (1936)