Joseph Isidore Samson

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Joseph Isidore Samson
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Pencil and charcoal sketch (1850)
Born (1793-07-02)2 July 1793
Saint-Denis, France
Died 28 March 1871(1871-03-28) (aged 77)
Alma mater Conservatoire de Paris
Occupation actor, playwright, professor
Employer Comédie-Française, Conservatoire de Paris

Joseph Isidore Samson (2 July 1793 – 28 March 1871) was a 19th-century French actor and playwright.


Samson was born at Saint-Denis, near Paris, the son of a restaurateur. He took first prize for comedy at the Conservatoire in 1812, married an actress with whom he had toured in France, and joined the Comédie-Française in 1826. There he remained until 1863, creating more than 250 parts.

In 1829 Samson became a professor at the Conservatoire, under whom Rachel Félix (1821–1858), Rose Cheri (1824–1861), the Brohans and others were trained. He wrote several comedies, among them La Belle-Mère et le gendre (1826), and La Famille poisson (1846). Samson died in Paris on 28 March 1871.[1]


  • La Fête de Molière, comédie épisodique in 1 act and in verse, Paris, Théâtre de l'Odéon, 15 January 1825
  • La Belle-mère et le gendre, comedy in 3 acts, in verse, Paris, Théâtre de l'Odéon, 20 April 1826
  • Un Veuvage, comedy in 3 acts and in verse, Paris, Théâtre-Français, 27 May 1842
  • Un Péché de jeunesse, comedy in 1 act, mingled with song, with Jules de Wailly. Paris, Théâtre du Vaudeville, 28 March 1843
  • La Famille Poisson, ou les Trois Crispins, comedy in 1 act, Paris, Théâtre-Français, 15 Decembre 1845
  • La Dot de ma fille, comedy in 1 act, in verse, Paris, Théâtre-Français, 13 December 1854
  • Collection des rapports faits par M. Samson, de l'Association de secours mutuels entre les artistes dramatiques, 1851 Text online
  • Mémoires de Samson, de la Comédie française, 1862 Text online
  • L'Art théâtral, 2 vols, 1863–1865


  1. ^ In French: BnF Retrieved 19 May 2016.


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