We know this portrait was photographed at the Dana Studio on the S.W. Corner of Broadway and 28th Street in the Big Apple because of the photographers stamp on the back of the image. Dana apparently photographed many actors in his day and I wonder if this distinguished gentleman might be in some way linked to the theatre business.
There is an inscription on the back. I believe it reads, "Max Heber Heckman," but I'm not totally convinced of that. There are quite a number of Max Heckmans in New York. But, with New York being New York, there is absolutely no certainty that Mr. Heckman was even from New York. This image is dated 1897.
Here is the inscription. Do you read it differently?