Harry Tate

Definition

Theater

  • (Ronald Macdonald Hutchison; 1872 - 1940) Britishmusic-hall comedian, who perfected a series of riotous sketches aboutmotoring, golfing, fishing, and other sports. They usually featuredan elderly man and his moronic fat son. Tate's motoring sketch becameone of the most renowned on the halls, while the fishing sketch endedwith dozens of prop fish of all shapes flying through the air on rods.

    Born in Scotland, Tate took his stage name from his formeremployer, the sugar refiners Henry Tate and Sons. He made his debutin 1895 as a mimic at the Camberwell Empire and went on to performat the London Hippodrome in such successful revues as Businessas Usual.

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