Johnson, Samuel

BORN 1830, Ayrshire - DIED 15 Feb 1900, London: 29 Weltje Road, Hammersmith
CAUSE OF DEATH cirrhosis of the liver
GRAVE LOCATION Brookwood, Surrey: Brookwood Cemetery (Plot 118 (Actors' Acre))

Samuel Johnson was a son of the actor Samuel Johnson and his wife Isabella Elliot. He debuted on the stage at the Maryport Theatre in Cumberland in 1844 as Bartolo in "The Wife". In 1846 he appeared with his sister Barbara in Belfast. In the same year Barbara married the actor John W. Anson. They all moved to Scotland where they formed a company that was managed by Anson.

From 1853 to 1855 he was in a partnership with John Coleham, renting two theatres in Stockport. After that he worked in Sunderland and Newcastle. On 10 july 1858 he married Mary Ann Hornby. They had a son and a daughter, the actresss Isa Johnson (1861-1941).

His London debut took place at the Lyceum Theatre and he worked at Astley's Amphitheatre until 1860. From 1860 to 1862 he was employed in Edinburgh. From 1864 to 1873 he was engaged at the Royal Theatre in Dublin and from 1874 to 1878 in Belfast.

Shortly after he joined the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1878 it was taken over by Henry Irving, who asked him to stay. He appeared in 23 productions until 1899 and toured the USA five times with the Lyceum company. In 1900 he died of cirrhosis of the liver in London.

Related persons
• is brother/sister of Anson, Barbara Rust


The grave of Samuel Johnson at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
Picture by Androom (25 Jun 2009)


• Clarke, John M., London's Necropolis, A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004

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Published: 15 Nov 2020
Last update: 20 Feb 2022