(c. 1690 - 11 Jul 1797)
Irish actor and dramatist who as an actor played Shakesperean characters many times throughout a long career. He distinguished the role of Shylock by breaking it from a traditional comic portrayal. His brushes with the law include successfully defending himself at trial for murder resulting from accidentally killing a man during a quarrel. His birthdate is uncertain, although he claimed to be a centenarian before his death.
Science Quotes by Charles Macklin (1 quote)
The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket; and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it.
— Charles Macklin
Love à la Mode, Act 2. Scene 1. In John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations (1868), 304.