Joseph Isidore Samson

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Joseph Isidore Samson
Joseph Isidore Samson z91850).jpg
Pencil and charcoal sketch by Édouard Blot (1850)
Born 2 July 1793 Edit this on Wikidata
Saint-Denis Edit this on Wikidata
Died 28 March 1871 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 77)
Paris Edit this on Wikidata
Citizenship France Edit this on Wikidata
Occupation Actor, playwright Edit this on Wikidata
Awards Knight of the Legion of Honour Edit this on Wikidata

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


Samson was born at St. Denis, 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 vol., 1863-1865


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


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