P.T. Barnum (Miniseries) (1999)

P.T. Barnum
This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success promoting curiosities and attractions with panache and a judicious mix of truth and creativity, whether it be promoting his museum or characters like the midget General Tom Thumb. Yet because the demands of his businesses, his family life is troubled and marred by tragedy. All the while, events lead to his greatest creation, the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Beau Bridges....P.T. Barnum
Jordan Bridges....Young P.T. Barnum
Cynthia Dale....Charity
Natalie Radford....Young Charity
George Hamilton....Francis Olmsted
Henry Czerny....Greenwood
Charles Martin Smith....Beach
Josh Ryan Evans....(General) Tom Thumb
R.H. Thomson....James Anthony Bailey
Art Kitching....Samuel Hurd
Stephanie Morgenstern....Nancy (Fish)
Serge Houde....John Genin
Isabelle Cyr....Caroline (Barnum)
Bruce Dinsmore....David Thompson
Victoria Sanchez....Helen (Barnum)
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