Cuyler Hastings (1863-1914) was born in Parkhill, Ontario, his father was Canadian and his mother was American. From Oct., 1900 through Mar., 1901 Cuyler Hastings performed in the Gillette play as Holmes, for the touring company in the Western U.S. States and Canada.
However, Mr. Hasting, it seems, achieved his greatest fame in the role in Australia, touring there from 1902-1904. Dr. Derham Groves, of the University of Melbourne, writes “On 30 August 1902 Sherlock Holmes opened at the Theatre Royal in Adelaide, South Australia, with the same cast as in Perth. In Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, and Brisbane, however, a young Canadian actor named Cuyler Hastings replaced Harry Plimmer as Holmes. September 1903 and the other (which was also his Australian farewell season) in June 1904.
On 20 June 1904 the drama critic for the Melbourne Age remarked, ‘Mr. Cuyler Hastings will always be remembered best in Australia for this part.’ Sherlock Holmes opened in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 13 September 1902.” Unfortunately in 1914 Cuyler Hastings shot himself.
The illness which prevented him from continuing on the stage, together with losses he had sustained in speculation in Wall Street, are believed to be the cause for his suicide.