(1732–94), English actor, who was first seen on the stage in 1760 at Drury Lane, where he created the part of Moses in Sheridan's The School for Scandal (1777). It was always his most popular role, and he was dressing to play it when he was taken ill and died. He was excellent in such parts as Fluellen in Henry V and Brainworm in Jonson's Every Man in His Humour. Having in his youth been a pastrycook, he left a sum of money for a cake and wine to be partaken of by the Drury Lane company on Twelfth Night, a custom which is still observed. He was married briefly and unhappily to the actress Sophia Snow (1745–86), over whom he fought a duel with the brother of David Garrick. The daughter of the trumpeter Valentine Snow, she was painted by Zoffany as Fanny in Colman and Garrick's The Clandestine Marriage.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.