See also:English actor, was
See also:born in Liverpool on the 1st of
See also:April 1826, the son of a
See also:merchant . He began acting as an
See also:amateur, and in 1849 drifted into a professional engagement with a dramatic
See also:company at St Heliers in Jersey, where he appeared as
See also:Claude Melnotte in Bulwer
See also:Lady of
See also:Lyons . Between then and 1858 he played in various companies without particular success, in
See also:Birmingham and in
See also:America, where he went in 1852 . On the 12th of May 1858 Tom
See also:Taylor's Our
See also:Cousin, a
See also:play of no
See also:special merit, was brought out in New
See also:York, with
See also:Sothern in the small
See also:part of
See also:Lord Dundreary, a
See also:caricature of an English nobleman . He gradually worked up the
See also:humour of this part so that it became the central figure of the play . In 1861, when it was produced at the Haymarket Theatre, in
See also:London, he made such a
See also:hit that the piece ran for nearly five
See also:hundred nights: "Dundreary whiskers " became the fashion, and Dundreary this, that or the other made its appearance on every side . At various times Sothern revived the character, which retained its popularity in spite of all the extravagances to which he
See also:developed its amusing features; and his name will always be famous in connexion with this role . In T . W .
See also:Garrick (1864) he again had a
See also:great success, his acting in the title-part, which he created, being wonderfully effective . He won wide popularity also from his
See also:interpretation of Sam Slingsby in
See also:Brother Sam (1865) . Sothern was a born comedian, and off the stage had a passion for
See also:practical joking that amounted almost to a
See also:mania .
See also:house in
See also:Kensington was a resort for
See also:people of fashion, and he was as much a favourite in America as in the
See also:Kingdom . He died in London on the 21st of
See also:January 1881 . Sothern had three sons, all actors, the second of them,
See also:EDWARD H . SOTHERN (b . 1859), being prominent on the American stage .
WILLIAM SOTHEBY (1757-1833)
He is buried with his sister at the Old Cemetery by The Common at Southampton.
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