Chancellor Olcott

Songwriter, Composer

1858 – 1932

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Who was Chancellor Olcott?

Chancellor "Chauncey" Olcott was an American stage actor, songwriter and singer of Irish descent.

Born in Buffalo, New York, in the early years of his career Olcott sang in minstrel shows and Lillian Russell played a major role in helping make him a Broadway star. Amongst his songwriting accomplishments, Olcott wrote and composed the song "My Wild Irish Rose" for his production of A Romance of Athlone in 1899. Olcott also wrote the lyrics to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" for his production of The Isle O' Dreams in 1912.

He retired to Monte Carlo and died there of Pernicious anemia in 1932. His body was brought home and interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.

His life story was told in the 1947 Warner Bros. motion picture My Wild Irish Rose starring Dennis Morgan as Olcott.

In 1970, Olcott was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Born
Jul 21, 1858
Buffalo
Also known as
  • Chauncey Olcott
Ethnicity
  • Irish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Buffalo
Died
Mar 18, 1932
Monte Carlo
Resting place
Woodlawn Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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