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William Mountfort

(c. 1664—1692) actor and playwright


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(1664–92), English actor, who specialized in ‘fine gentlemen’ parts, being an excellent Sparkish in Wycherley's The Country Wife and creating the title-role in John Crowne's Sir Courtly Nice; or, It Cannot Be (1685). He was also the author of several plays, including a harlequinade ‘in the Italian Manner’, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus … With the Humours of Harlequin and Scaramouche (1685), and a comedy, Greenwich Park (1691), which was extremely successful and frequently revived. He was brutally murdered at the instigation of a certain Captain Hill, who suspected him of being a successful rival in the affections of Mrs Bracegirdle, with whom Hill was passionately but unsuccessfully in love.

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

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