John Cosgrove (actor)

John Cosgrove (1867 – 11 August 1925) was an Australian actor, writer and director who worked in theatre and films during the silent era. He sometimes collaborated with Bland Holt.[1][2]

Personal life

Cosgrove had a turbulent personal life. He would borrow money so often he was nicknamed "The Great Australian Bite". His first daughter died when a few days old. Another daughter, Noel, died of tuberculosis at the age of nineteen. His son Bill died in a plane crash in 1943.[3]



  1. Shoesmith, Dennis, 'Holt, Joseph Thomas (Bland) (1851–1942)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, accessed 9 September 2011.
  2. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 106.
  3. Jenny Rudd O'Neill, 'The Flying Cosgroves' (Jenny Rudd O'Neill, Seaforth, 1996) Archived 2011-08-21 at the Wayback Machine

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