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MICHEL BARON (1653—1729)

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 421 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MICHEL BARON (1653—1729), French actor (whose family name originally was Boyron), was born in Paris, the son of a leading actor (d. 1655) and of a talented actress (d. 1662). At the age of twelve he joined the company of children known as the Petits Comediens Dauphins, of which he was the brightest star. Moliere was delighted with his talent, and with the king's permission secured him for his own company. In consequence of a misunderstanding with Moliere's wife, the actor withdrew from the dramatist's company, but rejoined it in 167o, reappearing as Domitien in Corneille's Tile et Berenice, and in his Psyche. He remained in this company until Moliere's death. He then became a member of the company at the Hotel de Bourgogne, and from this time until his retirement in 1691 was undisputed master of the French stage, creating many of the leading roles in Racine's tragedies, besides those in two of his own comedies, L'Homme a bonnes fortunes (1686), and La Coquette (1687). He also wrote Les Enlevements (1685), Le Debauche (1689), and translated and acted two plays of Terence. In 1720 Baron re-appeared at the Palais Royal, and his activity on the stage was421 renewed in a multitude of parts. He died on the 22nd of December 1729. His son ETIENNE MICHEL BARON (1676—171i) was also a fine actor, and left a son and two daughters who all played at the Comedie Frangaise. See George Monval, Un Comedien amateur d'art (1893); also the Abbe d'Allamial's Lettres a mylord XXX. sur Baron et la demoiselle Lecouvreur, in F. G. J. S. Andrieux's Collection des mimoires sus fart dramatique (1822).
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