Herbert Campbell was born Herbert Edward Story on December 22, 1844 in Lambeth, London, England. Campbell started his performing career appearing in the amateur nigger band and quickly toured London's music hall's during the early 1860s. He decided to leave after a few years and adopted the stage name Herbert Campbell. He joined the minstrel performers Harman and Elston and the trio became known as Harmon, Campbell and Elston. In 1868, Campbell decided to pursue a solo career as a comic vocalist and quickly established himself as a popular music hall comedian.
In 1871, he made his first pantomime appearance in “King Winter” at the Theatre Royal, Liverpool and became a leading pantomime dame over the next decade. In 1882, he formed a successful association with the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where he appeared alongside Dan Leno in the annual Christmas pantomime, every year until his death in 1904 at age 59.
Campbell appeared in only one Euro-western: “Burlesque Attack on a Settler’s Cabin” (1900) in the role of an Indian.
Today we remember Herbert Campbell on what would have been his 170th birthday
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