(1852–1901), English actor, who made his first appearance in Liverpool in 1869, and two years later was seen in the provinces as Hamlet, a part he subsequently played many times. After a further six years' experience he appeared in London and soon formed his own company, with which he toured. In 1880 he joined the stock company at Lester Wallack's theatre in New York, making his first appearance as Jaques in As You Like It. He then alternated between London and New York until in 1888 he organized a stock company to play Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, which proved an admirable training-ground for young actors. He was himself a fine Shakespearian actor, combining excellent elocution with a natural elegance and dignity. He had a high reputation in the English provinces, and made his last appearance at Carlisle, dying a week later. He married the granddaughter of W. A. Conway, and their son Godfrey (above) was also an actor.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.