John Quick

(1748—1831) actor

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(1748–1831), English comedian, who made his first appearance at Covent Garden in 1767 and remained there until his retirement in 1798. Unacceptable in tragedy, he had a wide range of comic parts, from Clown in pantomime to Polonius in Hamlet, and was the first to play Tony Lumpkin in Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer (1773) and Bob Acres in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775). A small, impetuous, chubby-cheeked man, he was the favourite actor of George III, and his portrait by Zoffany hangs in the Garrick Club in London.

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