John Emery

(1777—1822) actor

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(1777–1822), English actor, son of the actor Mackle Emery (1740–1825). Even as a boy he had a remarkable talent for playing old men and at 15 he was already considered an outstanding actor. In 1798 he was engaged by Covent Garden to take the place of the comedian John Quick and apart from a short engagement at the Haymarket remained there until his sudden death. His Caliban in The Tempest was highly praised, and he was good as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, the First Grave-digger in Hamlet, and Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing. He was also an artist, and between 1801 and 1817 exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy.


From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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