Lupino Lane

Lupino Lane was born Henry William George Lupino and arrived into “The Royal Family of Greasepaint on 16th June 1892 much to the delight of his actor father Harry Lupino and mother Charlotte Lane, the niece of Sara Lane, manager of the Brittania Theatre, Hoxton.

A born singer, dancer and acrobat Lupino Lane joined The Lupino Family Troupe at the age of 3 and was soon establishing his own act as Master Nipper Lupino Lane in Pantomimes across the country. It is a testament to his versatility that he was able to stretch his considerable talent across Music Hall, Pantomime and Musical Theatre before becoming a pioneer in the production of early British Film. It was only natural therefore that he should have leapt to Hollywood to take part in the great age of silent movies, performing with the likes of Douglas Fairbanks and Myrna Loy, before springing back to the UK to continue his stage career in variety and revue.

It was on his return to London that Lupino Lane scored his most memorable hit as Bill Snibson in Noel Gay’s west end musical smash ”Me and My Girl" which ran for over 4000 performances and introduced The Lambeth Walk to the nation.

Lupino Lane married the actress Violet Blythe. His only son was the performer Lauri Lupino Lane. His brother was the actor Wallace Lupino and his cousin was Stanley Lupino, who was the father of Hollywood actress Ida Lupino.

Lupino Lane died on Tuesday 10th November 1959 and was buried at Streatham Park Cemetery. His grave is cared for by The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.

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