Lawrence Grossmith

Lawrence Grossmith (29 March 1877 – 21 February 1944) was a British actor, the son of Gilbert and Sullivan performer George Grossmith and the brother of actor George Grossmith, Jr. Grossmith was born in London, the son of the actor George Grossmith, famous for his roles in the Savoy Operas, and Emmeline Rosa Noyce (d. 1905). His uncle was the actor Weedon Grossmith. Lawrence Grossmith attended the University of Cambridge in the late 1890s, where he was a member of the famous Footlights, and for whom he directed plays. In his stage appearances, Grossmith usually played the leading man, and often appeared in America, taking major roles in such musicals as The White Chrysanthemum (1905), About Town (1906), Havana (1908), Are You There? (1913), Nobody Home (1915), Flora Bella (1916), Love o' Mike (1917), and The Cat and the Fiddle (1931), as well as in such plays as Too Many Husbands (1919) and Call It a Day (1936). Among others, he appeared in the films The Brass Bottle (1914), Counsel's Opinion (1933), Tiger Bay (1934), The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), Silver Blaze (1937) The Girl in the Taxi (1937), Captain Fury (1939), No Time for Comedy (1940), and Gaslight (1944).


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