H. Reeves-Smith

Harry Reeves-Smith (17 May 1862 – 29 January 1938)[1] better known as H. Reeves-Smith was an English born stage actor who achieved success in Broadway productions at the turn of the twentieth century. His father was G. Reeves-Smith, a manager of the Brighton Aquarium.[2] Harry made his first appearance on stage in 1878 at Halifax in Jane Shore. He went to the U.S. in 1887 and toured with John Sleeper Clarke.[3] In the U.S. he toured with actresses Henrietta Crosman and Grace George. He is mainly remembered for appearing in several hit plays. Ethel Barrymore became a stage star in Clyde Fitch's Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (1901) but Reeves-Smith's character Robert Jinks is the title of the play. In 1910 he appeared in another play with Barrymore, Mid-Channel, about a feuding couple. In 1912 he was opposite Laurette Taylor in her huge success Peg o' My Heart. In The Unchastened Woman (1915) the star was Emily Stevens. His last Broadway part was as Johan Strauss in The Great Waltz in 1935, at the age of 73.

H. Reeves-Smith
ca. 1901
Harry Reeves-Smith

17 May 1862
Died29 January 1938 (aged 75)
Ewell, Surrey, England
Years active1880s-1935


Reeves-Smith appeared in only three motion pictures, two silents and one sound. His last was The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929) with Clive Brook, which holds the distinction of being the first Sherlock Holmes film to be shot in sound and Reeves-Smith the first Dr. Watson in a sound film.

Reeves-Smith retired to his native England but soon after died of a heart attack at Ewell, Surrey on 29 January 1938.[4]


  1. Who Was Who on Screen p.606, 3rd Edition, by Evelyn Mack Truitt,c.1983
  2. Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976, p.2004 v.4, originally published annually by John Parker; this 1976 edition published by Gale Research]
  3. The Oxford Companion to the American Theatre, 2nd edition, p.439 by Gerald Bordman c.1992
  4. Silent Film Necrology 2nd edition, p.438, by Eugene M. Vazzana, c.2001
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