Sam Wanamaker

Sam Wanamaker
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  • Sam Wanamaker CBE
  • Sam Wanamaker and the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre replica in London, England
Sam Wanamaker

Interesting information about the Sam Wanamaker and the Reconstruction of the
Globe Theatre in London, England

Sam Wanamaker
Sam Wanamaker has taken a place in the history of London as the American actor and director who was instrumental in the building of a replica of the Globe Theatre in London.

Short Biography of the life of Sam Wanamaker
The following biography information provides basic biography with interesting facts and information about the life Sam Wanamaker:

  • Nationality - American
  • Lifespan: 1919 - 1993
  • Sam Wanamaker was born June 14, 1919 in Chicago
  • Education: attended Drake University, Iowa
  • Trained as an actor at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago
  • Military Service:  U.S. Army between 1943-1946
  • Career: Actor and Director
  • Family: Married Charlotte Holland in 1940. They had three daughters called Abby, Jessica & the actress Zoe Wanamaker
  • In 1949 Sam Wanamaker visited the site and the remains of the old Globe Theatre. He was dismayed to find that only a plaque on the wall of a brewery commemorated the famous theatre
  • Set up home in England after becoming blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy witch-hunts after filming Mr. Denning Drives North in 1950
  • Appointed director of the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, in 1957
  • He joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959
  • In 1969 Sam Wanamaker started actively campaigning to reconstruct a replica of the original Globe theatre used by William Shakespeare
  • In 1970 Sam Wanamaker established the "Globe Playhouse Trust" as an educational charity, in order to raise funds to build a replica of the original Elizabethan Globe theatre.
  • He directed works included in the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in 1974
  • In 1991 construction work began on building the foundations of the New Globe theatre in London
  • In 1993 construction work began on the Globe theatre structure
  • In 1993 the first performance at the new Globe theatre is made by the Bremer Shakespeare Company after the temporary stage is dedicated by Sir John Gielgud
  • Sam Wanamaker was awarded a CBE in early 1993
  • Sam Wanamaker died at the age of 74 on December 18, 1993 of prostrate cancer in London
  • On June 12 1997 Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by HRH Prince Philip, inaugurated the new Globe Theatre
  • On May 7th 2003 Zoe Wannamaker received a Southwark Blue Plaque award on behalf of her father which was unveiled outside the new Globe theater on13th June 2003 
  • Famous for: Sam Wanamaker starred in and directed numerous films and TV series. His most famous film roles were Judgment in Berlin (1988), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), Private Benjamin (1980), Death on the Nile (1978) and Taras Bulba (1962)
  • He will forever be remembered in England for being instrumental in building the New Globe Theatre in London. Its reconstruction was a replica of the original Globe Theatre of William Shakespeare

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