HUGH E. WRIGHT
HUGH E. WRIGHT was a popular Entertainer and Actor.
He was born Hugh Esterel Wright on 13th April 1879 in Cannes and was educated privately in Switzerland and at Bournemouth.
He spent some time in the Navy, before venturing into the performing arts.
Hugh’s theatrical professional career began in 1902 and it was an extensive and varied one, embracing concert and concert party work, the dramatic and variety stages, and the films.
The greater part of his work was done in theatres and he appeared in many London successes. His pathetic little cockney as the Common Man in “1066 and All That” was an outstanding performance. His first appearance was made at Portsmouth in 1902 with the Romantic Knights concert party, and his subsequent engagements included appearances with Randell Jackson at Margate, the King’s Musketeers, the Follies, the Vaudeville Follies and the Punchinellos. Mr Wright made his first appearance on the variety stage at the Holborn Empire in 1905.
The many plays in which he subsequently had parts included “Captain Kidd,” “The Balkan Princess,” “Peter Pan,” “The Sport of Kings,” “The Ghost Train,” “The Master Builder,” “People Like Us,” “Third Time Lucky,” “Three For Luck” “Dying To Live,” “My Wife’s Family,” “Passing Through Lorraine,” “The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse,” and “I Killed the Count.”
He also played in several Revues, including “All Changes Here,” “Kill That Fly,” “Eight-pence a Mile,” “keep Smiling,” “All French,” and “Half Past Eight.”
Hugh was the author of the lyrics of “Eight-pence a Mile” and “Keep Smiling”; the libretto and lyrics of “All French ,” songs for the later H.G. Pellisier and the Follies, part-author of “Houp- La.”
He appeared in many films that include:
The Kiddies in the Ruins (1918) playing Tommy
The Better ‘ole aka The Romance of Old Bill (1919) playing Alf
Hughie at the Victory Derby (1919) playing Hughie
Garryowen (1920) playing Moriarty (Silent movie)
Nothing Else Matters (1920) playing Jimmy Daw (Silent movie)
The Corner Man (1921) playing Bob Warner
Mary, Find The Gold (1921) playing Alfred Smith
The Old Curiosity Shop (1921) playing Tom Codlin
Squibs (1921) playing Sam Hopkins (Silent movie)
A Sailor Tramp (1922) playing The Cockney
Squibs Wins the Calcutta Sweep (1922) playing Sam Hopkins
The Romany (1923) (Silent movie)
Squibs M.P (1923) playing Sam Hopkins
Squibs’s Honeymoon (1923) playing Sam Hopkins
Auld Lag Syne (1929) playing Willie McNab
The Silver King (1929) playing Jaikes (Silent movie)
The Great Gay Road (1931) playing Backus
Down River (1931) playing Charlie Wong
East Lynne on the Western Front (1931) playing Fred
Pyjamas Preferred (1932) playing Grock
Brother Alfred (1932) playing Sydney
Lord Camber’s Ladies (1932) playing Old Man
The Love Wager (1933) playing Noakes
The Good Companions (1933) playing the Librarian
Cash (1933) playing Jordan
You Made Me Love You (1933) playing Father
My Old Duchess (1933) playing Higgins
A Shot in the Dark (1933) playing George Yarrow
On the Air (1934) playing the Vicar
Nell Gwynne (1934) uncredited
Get Your Man (1934) playing The Reverend John Vivien
Crazy People (1934) uncredited
Adventurers Ltd (1934) playing Don Lorenzo/Montagu Phelps
Radio Parade of 1935 (1934) playing Algernon Bird
Widow’s Might (1935) playing Peasgood
Scrooge (1935) playing Old Joe
Royal Eagle (1936) playing 1936
The Knight of the Burning Pestle (1938) playing The Citizen.
1066: And All That (1939)
Hugh Esterel Wright had been playing with the Windsor Repertory Company around the time of his death. He passed away on 12th February 1940 (aged 60) at Eton, Berkshire.