ALT-TIMELINE: John Wilkes Booth was born into a prominent family of actors. According to historian, Terry Alford, he had good looks and an exceptional acting range, playing both dark roles as bad guys and softer roles such as Romeo. By 1865, the 26-year-old was a headliner on the American stage. In theory, if Booth had focused on his acting career and not become a presidential assassin, resulting in his 1865 death, he theoretically could have continued acting into his early 90’s and theoretically could have won an Academy Award in 1929.

ALT-TIMELINE: John Wilkes Booth

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