George Holland, actor

George Holland (1791–1870) was an English American stage actor, born in London. He discovered the stage during a six weeks long vacation. It was at Astley’s Amphitheatre he made his first appearance and started a 53 year long career. He found work in Liverpool, Dublin and London and arrived on the stage in New York City in 1827.

His first appearance in NYC was at the Bowery theater, aka the New York Theater. He acted in “A Day After the Fair,”  a hit and he traveled to many large cities in the USA with the acting troop. His work was always well reviewed and celebrated, but he was rarely the star of the show.

 

He was the father of at least 4 children and continued holding jobs while supporting his acting career for much of his life. He died almost in poverty at his home on 3rd avenue in Manhattan.

His death was followed by controversy when the Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Sabine refused to allow the funeral of an actor at his church and it was suggested they try and bury him at the Church of the Transfiguration, on West Twenty-ninth Street. The church became known as the little church around the corner and remains a legend of an American story.  The church has been mentioned by many writers and artists including Mark Twain.

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