Joseph Grimaldi

1778 - 1837

Joseph Grimaldi

Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837) was an English actor, comedian and dancer, who became the most popular English entertainer of the Regency era. In the early 1800s, he expanded the role of Clown in the harlequinade that formed part of British pantomimes, notably at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden theatres. He became so dominant on the London comic stage that the harlequinade role of Clown became known as "Joey", and both the nickname and Grimaldi's whiteface make-up design were, and still are, used by other types of clowns. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Grimaldi has received more than 304,276 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3,249th most popular actor.

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  • 16

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  • 2.90

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  • 2.90

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Among actors, Joseph Grimaldi ranks 3,223 out of 8,832Before him are Carol Ann Susi, Ronald Lacey, Alexander Knox, Nur Fettahoğlu, Ann Sheridan, and William Windom. After him are Kai, Joely Richardson, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Anthony Heald, Harry Guardino, and Emily Kinney.

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Among people born in 1778, Joseph Grimaldi ranks 33Before him are Joseph Lancaster, Joseph Aspdin, Jean Baptiste Gay, vicomte de Martignac, Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Francisco Manuel Blanco, and William Hazlitt. After him are Charles Alexandre Lesueur and Robert Emmet. Among people deceased in 1837, Joseph Grimaldi ranks 35Before him are John Soane, Yuri Lisyansky, Étienne-Gaspard Robert, Pavel Schilling, Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel, and Agustín Eyzaguirre. After him is Henry Thomas Colebrooke.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Grimaldi ranks 2,812 out of 5,347Before him are Trevor Pinnock (1946), Karen Gillan (1987), Kiki Dee (1947), Geraint Thomas (1986), Ronald Lacey (1935), and George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen (1946). After him are Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke (1886), Seán Lester (1888), Maria Edgeworth (1768), Anita Roddick (1942), Joely Richardson (1965), and Bernard Sumner (1956).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Joseph Grimaldi ranks 414Before him are Amanda Tapping (1965), Edward Woodward (1930), Jim Sturgess (1978), Siân Phillips (1933), Karen Gillan (1987), and Ronald Lacey (1935). After him are Joely Richardson (1965), Mark Sheppard (1964), Hugh Dancy (1975), Charles Shaughnessy (1955), Jean Marsh (1934), and Dominic Cooper (1978).