John R. Cumpson

John R. Cumpson (August 30, 1866  March 15, 1913) was an American film and stage actor. He appeared in 124 films between 1905 and 1912.

John R. Cumpson
BornAugust 30, 1866
DiedMarch 15, 1913 (aged 46)
Other namesJohn Compson
John Cumpson
Mr. Cumpson
Years active19011913

A 1910 newspaper item described Cumpson as "the famous Swedish dialect comedian."[1]

On Broadway, Cumpson appeared in Up York State (1901).[2]

Cumpson died of pneumonia and diabetes at Washington Heights Hospital in New York City. He was survived by a brother and two sisters.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1905 The White Caps
1908 Romance of a Jewess Customer
The Call of the Wild Chinese Servant
A Calamitous Elopement
Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court
A Smoked Husband
1909 Mr. Jones Has a Card Party
Those Awful Hats Theatre Audience Alternative title: Those Darn Hats
The Lonely Villa At the Inn
1910 How Bumptious Papered the Parlor Bumptious
Bumptious as a Fireman Bumptious
1911 Mr. Bumptious, Detective Bumptious
Billy's Séance Billy
The Child and the Tramp 3rd tramp
1912 Percy Learns to Waltz Percy
A Millionaire for a Day Fred Dudley
How Shorty Won Out Shorty
Ferdie, Be Brave Ferdie


  1. "Ole Olson". The Springfield News-Leader. Missouri, Springfield. March 2, 1910. p. 4. Retrieved April 14, 2018 via
  2. "John R. Cumpson". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. "Sudden Death of J.R. Cumpson". The Buffalo Enquirer. New York, Buffalo. March 17, 1913. p. 10. Retrieved April 14, 2018 via

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