In Hamlet, who played the part of Julius Caesar when acting at the university?

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In Act III, scene 2, Hamlet has a brief conversation with Polonius just after everyone comes in to watch the play Hamlet has arranged.  Hamlet is in a good mood and feeling witty, since he expects to find out whether Claudius is guilty of killing his father.

Hamlet: [To Polonius] My lord, you played once i' the university, you say?

Polonius: That did I, my lord, and was accounted a good actor.

Hamlet: What did you enact?

Polonius: I did enact Julius Caesar: I was killed i' the Capitol; Brutus killed me.

Hamlet: It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf there.

So, Polonius is the one who played Julius Caesar.

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