George Grossmith

George Grossmith

English comedian, writer, composer, actor and singer
Date of Birth: 09.12.1847
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of George Grossmith
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Professional Career

Biography of George Grossmith

George Grossmith was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer. He actively performed for over 40 years and is best remembered for his roles in the works of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. He was born in Islington, London to George and Louisa Emmeline Grossmith. His father was a prominent journalist, lecturer, and variety artist. Following in his father's footsteps, George Grossmith gradually transitioned into a career in entertainment.

George Grossmith

Early Life and Career

Grossmith developed a passion for music during his school years, initially entertaining friends and neighbors with his piano playing. It became evident that he had exceptional abilities in music. In addition to his musical talent, Grossmith also had skills in drawing and photography. Interestingly, his parents sent his brother, Weedon, to the art school, while George pursued a different path.

At first, Grossmith had ambitions to become a lawyer, but fate had other plans. He began interning at the same editorial offices where his father worked, eventually replacing him during lecture tours. During this time, George started writing humorous works and participating in amateur theatrical productions. He frequently went on tours with his father, which further developed his performance skills.

In 1873, Grossmith married Emmeline Rosa Noyce, and they went on to have four children together. It was around 1864 that George gained popularity for his amateur songs and humorous sketches. He also tried his hand at acting on stage, and it quickly became apparent that his true talent lay in lighter genres.

Professional Career

Grossmith began his professional career in 1870 with his father's sketch "Human Oddities" and the song "The Gay Photographer." By the end of the year, he secured a regular spot at a club on Regent Street. In 1873, George and his father embarked on a concert tour that lasted nearly three years. It was during this tour that Grossmith first met Fred Sullivan and later his brother Arthur Sullivan, marking the beginning of his fruitful collaboration with the legendary duo "Gilbert and Sullivan."

Grossmith continued to perform for a long time. In 1905, his wife passed away from cancer, which significantly affected him. However, he occasionally returned to the stage. He died in 1912 at his home in Folkstone.