H. L. Bateman

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Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman (December 6, 1812 – March 22, 1875), known as H. L. Bateman, was an American actor and manager.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, his original goal was to be an engineer, but in 1832 became an actor, playing with Ellen Tree (afterwards Mrs Charles Kean) in juvenile leads. In 1855, he was manager of the St Louis theatre for a few years and in 1859 moved to New York. In 1866 he was manager for his daughter Kate, and in 1871 returned to London, where he managed the Lyceum theatre. Here he engaged Henry Irving, presenting him first in The Bells, with great success.[1]

His wife, Sidney Frances was also an actor.