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Sol Smith Russell (1848–1902) was an American stage actor, born at Brunswick, Missouri. He served as a drummer boy in the Union army. In 1862 he became connected with a theatre at Cairo, Ill. He went to New York City in 1871 and in 1874 became a member of Daly's company. He began as a regular star in 1880 with a play called Edgewood Folks. The evenness and finish of his acting, his peculiarly quaint and gentle humor, and the truth and delicacy of his pathos won for him lasting popularity.

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  • McKay and Wingate, Famous American Actors of To-Day (New York, 1896)
  • L. C. Strang, Famous Actors of the Day in America (Boston, 1900)