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Name: Albert Chevalier  
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Date of Birth: 21st March 1861
Place of Birth: Notting Hill, London, England, UK
Profession: Writer
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Albert Chevalier (March 21, 1861 - July 10, 1923) was an English comedian and actor. In 1877 he was engaged as an actor under the Bancrofts in London, and for some years played legitimate parts at the Court theatre and elsewhere. In 1891, however, he began a successful music-hall career as a singer of coster songs of his own invention, a new type in which he had an immediate success, both in England and America. He subsequently organized an entertainment of his own, with sketches and songs, with which he went on tour, establishing a wide popularity as an original artist in his special line.

Chevalier performed several sentimental songs in his act; the most popular of these was "My Old Dutch", about an old man's long happy marriage to his wife. The song's title is based on Cockney rhyming slang: in this case, "Dutch" is a shortening of the phrase "Dutch plate", which rhymes with "mate". The singer's "old dutch" is therefore his spouse. Chevalier also starred in a film titled "My Old Dutch".


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