O. P. (Oliver Peters) Heggie was born in Australia and made his stage debut in Adelaide in 1899; he moved to London and appeared on stage there in 1906. He played in dozens of productions in Australia, England, and the United States, but his roles in Shakespeare were few. He played Quince the carpenter in Granville Barker's revolutionary production of A Midsummer Night's Dream during the same season when he played Androcles in George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion, also directed by Granville Barker. Both A Midsummer Night's Dream and Androcles and the Lion were part of the 1915 season at Wallack's Theatre, New York City.
The productions that year (listed on the back of this one card), all under the auspices of Granville Barker and his wife Lillah McCarthy, were Shaw's Androcles and The Lion, Anatole France's The Man who Married a Dumb Wife, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma, Wiers Jennsen's The Witch (translated by John Masefield), and Granville Barker's The Madras House.
Heggie's only other role in Shakespeare was as Shylock in Laurette Taylor's production of The Merchant of Venice on Broadway in 1918.
He appeared, in all, in 37 Broadway plays and between 1928 and 1936 in 27 films. Those of a certain age (including me) will remember him as the blind hermit in James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester.
O. P. Heggie
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