Joseph Jefferson was born on February 20, 1829 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Shadows of a Great City (1915), Rip Van Winkle (1914) and Rip Van Winkle (1921). He was married to Sarah Warren and Margaret Clements Lockyer. He died on April 23, 1905 in Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
- Believed to be the earliest-born actor to work in films.
- Father of actors William Jefferson,Thomas Jefferson and stage actor/manager Charles B. Jefferson. His daughter Margaret Jefferson married the novelist B.L. Farjeon and they begat the writer Joseph Jefferson Farjeon.