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Chevalier, Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis (1861–1923), comedian and actor, was born on 21 March 1861 at 21 St Ann's Villas, Royal Crescent, Notting Hill, London, the eldest son of Jean Onésime Chevalier, language teacher, and his wife, Ellen Louisa Mathews; his name at birth was registered simply as ...

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Connor, Edric Esclus (1913–1968), actor and singer, was born on 2 August 1913 in the village of Mayaro, Trinidad, the son of Edwin Connor, shoemaker and small farmer. At sixteen he won a scholarship from the Trinidad government railway to study engineering at the ...

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Edwin, John, the elder (1749–1790), actor and singer, was born on 10 August 1749 at Clare Market, St Clement Danes, London, the eldest of the three children of John Edwin, a watchmaker, and his wife, Hannah, the daughter of Henry Brogden, a sculptor of statues in ...

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Formby, George [real name George Hoy Booth] (1904–1961), music-hall entertainer and actor, was born at 3 Westminster Street, Wigan, Lancashire, on 26 May 1904, the eldest of the seven surviving children (four girls and three boys) of James Lawler Booth (1875–1922), music-hall entertainer, and his wife, ...

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Grant, Cyril Ewart Lionel [Cy] (1919–2010), actor and singer, was born on 8 November 1919 in Beterverwagting, Demerera, British Guiana, the son of Henry William Grant, a Moravian minister. His mother was a music teacher. 'I was brought up in a typically colonial way', he later said, 'singing ...

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Holloway, Stanley Augustus (1890–1982), actor and singer, was born on 1 October 1890 at 30 Wentworth Road, Manor Park, London, the younger child and only son of George Augustus Holloway, a law clerk, and his wife, Florence Bell. His family was fairly prosperous and he attended the ...

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Moody [formerly Cochran], John (1726/7–1812), actor and singer, was born in Cork, the eldest son of a hairdresser named Cochran. He later hid his Irish origins in order to be accepted as an Englishman and claimed that he had been born in ...

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Robeson, Paul Leroy (1898–1976), actor, singer, and political activist, was born on 9 April 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He was the youngest of five children and fourth son of William Drew Robeson (1845–1918), a former runaway slave and Presbyterian minister, and his wife, ...

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Suett, Richard (bap. 1755, d. 1805), actor and singer, was baptized on 29 July 1755 at St Luke's, Chelsea, the son of John Suett (d. 1783), a butcher and later an officer of St Paul's Cathedral, and his wife, Jane, probably the ...