Actor and singer. Born in Gloucestershire but raised in Deptford, where his father worked ffor the Navy. He appeared in amateur theatrical productions from a young age and became a travelling player in East Anglia until joining the Haymarket Theatre in 1762. This episode was not a career success and he returned to an indigent lifestyle before joining the legendary David Garrick at Drury Lane in 1767. He became a success at both acting and singing, having a bass and falsetto range as well as an ability to mimic other singers. His best known role was as Peachum in 'The Beggar's Opera', a role he made so funny that it is said that a member of his audience actually died of laughter. He was also known for his sociability, being a heavy drinker, a practical joker and careless with money. He had three children, including John Bannister who eventually exceeded his father in acting fame, and died in the St Martin parish where he had lived for most of his professional life.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Churchyard
City of Westminster
Greater London, England
Plot: churchyard, unmarked
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: May 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26852915