|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1846|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1920|
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Son of William Barr Hart & Elizabeth Huston Oliver. He was born William Oliver Lewis Hart but his family called him "Ollie". He later changed his name to Lewis O. Hart and went by Lew O. Hart and L.O. Hart on stage. He enlisted in the Civil War as a Union soldier under the alias of Barr Loveridge (surnames of his paternal grandmother, Susannah Barr Hart and his maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Loveridge Oliver) because he was underage, being only 15 yrs. old.
In 1876, leaving behind his wife & 5 children in Pennsylvania, he "went west" to pursue his theatrical career. Although, never legally divorced, he married again in California to an English actress and fathered 5 more children.
Washington Reporter (Washington, PA)- Published Aug. 29, 1866
HART - PATTERSON - On the 19th inst., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. A.J. Swain, Mr. O. L. Hart, of South Strabane township, and Miss Eva Patterson of Franklin township.
They had 5 Ch: Annie E., William A. (died young), John Campbell, Harry Vankirk, and James Wilson Patterson Hart.
Marr: 16 Mar 1882 in Chico, Butte Co., CA to Louise Generva Plunkett. 5 Ch: Lewis H.(died young), Agnes L.(died in childhood), "Frank" Francis J., Harry B. (died young), Helene V. Hart. (Note: He also had a son named Harry by his first wife, who lived to adulthood.)
He died in the Actor's Fund Home on Staten Island where he had resided since 1915. Some of the silent films he appeared in included: "Birth Of A Nation"(1915), and "The Bondman"(1916). Stage plays included: "The Little Maverick" (1893), "The Defaulter" (1895), "Monte Cristo" (1897-1899),"The Devil's Web" (1897), "The Phoenix" (1897), "East Lynne" (1897), "The Octoroon" (1898), "Bulls and Bears" (1898), "All The Comforts of Home" (1898), "The Girl From Paris" (1898), "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1900) and many vaudeville acts.
New York Times - Jan. 12, 1920
HART, Lewis O., actor. Services at Campbells Funeral Church, Broadway and 66th St., Monday, 11 A.M. Auspices of Actor's Fund.
Variety - January 16, 1920
LEWIS O. HART
Lewis O. Hart died Jan. 9, at the Actors' Fund Home, Staten Island. The deceased was 73 years of age and made his first appearance on the stage at the National, Washington, D.C. in 1866. He had been a guest at the Home since Feb. 1915.
New York Evening Telegram - Jan. 22, 1920
HART - Lewis O. Hart, veteran actor, age 73, died Jan. 9, at the Actors' Fund Home, Staten Island. He made his first appearance on the state at the National Theater, Washington, D.C., Sept. 1, 1866, and his last appearance was at the Atlanta Theater, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 27, 1915. He had been a member of several leading stock companies and of later years had been with several of the leading motion picture companies. He is survived by a widow, Louise Plunkette, an actress who is now a guest at the Actors' Fund Home, and a daughter, Helene Hart, also an actress.
William Barr Hart (1818 - 1891)
Elizabeth Huston Oliver Hart (1822 - 1904)
Evalyn Patterson Hart (1845 - 1929)
Louise Generva Plunkett Hart (1854 - 1939)*
Annie Evelyn Hart (1867 - 1936)*
John Campbell Hart (1871 - 1950)*
Harry VanKirk Hart (1875 - 1925)*
James Wilson Patterson Hart (1876 - 1952)*
Helene V Hart Mosier (1895 - 1955)*
Lewis Oliver Hart (1846 - 1920)
Janetta Brown Hart (1848 - 1914)*
John Campbell Hart (1851 - 1924)*
Eliza Oliver Hart (1856 - 1940)*
Alexander Wilson Hart (1858 - 1938)*
The Evergreens Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Prospect Hill, Actor's Fund Memorial section, Lot #1, grave #287
Created by: John & Charlene Patterso...
Record added: Jun 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27526733