QUENTIN TOD " Narid "
Born : December 27, 1884 - Walmer, Kent, England
Died : May 5, 1947, Chelsea, London, England - aged 62
Father : Alexander Maxwell Tod ( b. April 1856 Marylebone, London d. 1914 England )
Mother : Belle Perkins Pomeroy ( b. 3 Sept. 1857 Pittsfield, Mass. USA m. 13 Sept. 1882 )
Siblings : 1 sister & 5 brothers ( Quentin was the 2nd born )
1. Muriel ( b. 11 Aug.1883 m. Capt.F.J. Sarders )
2. Pomeroy ( b. 1887 - lived one month )
3. Gordon ( b. 12 Sept. 1889 - had a business in Sth. Africa )
4. Kenneth ( b. 1894 - served in the Br. Army in WW1 )
5. Malcolm ( b. March 1897 - served in the Br. Army in WW1 )
Nationality : ENGLISH
Actor, dancer, choreographer, comedian
Meher Baba gave Quentin the name 'Narid'.
I was so engrossed in looking at this wonderful man for the first time that everything else faded away. What impressed me most was his
rather wild quality, as of something untamed, and his truly remarkable eyes.
He smiled, and motioned for me to sit beside him. He took my hand and from time to time patted my shoulder. We sat for several minutes in silence, and I was aware of a great feeling of love and peace emanating from him; also a curious feeling of recognition came to me, as if I had found a long lost friend. Then Baba took my left hand, and some sort of wave of strength passed to me from him. It was as if an electric current of pure love were turned on, which filled me with ecstasy. I began to breathe deeply, as if taking an anesthetic...
The feeling in me was that I must serve him in some way. There were many things I should have liked to ask him, but all questions seemed irrelevant and inadequate.
The above image could well have been taken on SS Baloeran which sailed about a fortnight later from Port Said to Bombay in the first week of January 1933.
There is only one "d" in his name, but he mentioned often with 2 d's.
Letter to Meher Baba written on the Hotel Niumalu stationary on 14th June 1932 sailing back to Los Angeles from Honolulu, with the young boy Carl Phillips.
There is only one "d" in his name.
STAGE & FILM CAREER
22 Productions listed
1906 - '07- London, England
This was possibly the first theatre stage play that Quentin performed in.
It was written by & performed in the main role by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree at his Majesty's theatre in London.
1911 ( 2nd Jan. - 25th Feb. )
" MARRIAGE A LA CARTE "
Opened at the Casino Theater, New York City
Quentin played the role of Aubrey Hipps.
There were 64 performances in this production.
1911 - '13
" FANNY'S FIRST PLAY "
Opened at the Little Theatre in the Adelphi, London in 1911, then went to New York in 1912.
Opened at Collier's Comedy Theater, New York City. The session ended in April 1913.
" MURRAY'S NIGHT CLUB "
Opened at the Beak Street, London.
1914 - 2nd -14th Feb
" THE LAUGHING HUSBAND "
Opened at the Knickerbocker Theater, 1396 Broadway & 39th St. New York City.
Quentin was the dancer in this play.
There were 48 performances.
On the following web link is a sound recording of the music and tap dancing by Quentin.
" THE SUNSHINE GIRL "
Quentin performed with Joan Sawyer and later at the Persian Garden in New York City
1915 - ( April-June-August
" NOBODY HOME "
Opened at the Princess Theater & moved to Maxine Elliott's theater, New York City in June.
Quentin played the principal role of the 'Bellboy' also as the dancer with Helen Clarke.
1917 - ( 20th April - 7th August
" LOVE 'O MIKE "
This play was performed in 3 different theaters in New York City.
Quentin played the role of 'Phil Marvin'. This was his final role on
" GYPSY PRINCESS "
This play was performed in London.
Quentin performed with Zelia Raye.
Quentin played Mero.
1925 ( October )
" CHARLOT'S REVIEW "
This play was performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
" R. S. V. P. "
This play was performed at the Vaudeville Theatre 404 Strand, Covent Garden, London.
Dances arranged by J.W. Jackson and the ballet choreographed by Quentin Tod.
Quentin played the 'White Rabbit' and also danced in the ballet.
1926 ( April )
" MIDNIGHT FOLLIES "
This play was performed at the Hotel Metropole,
Quentin did the choreography to Gershwin's "Rapsody in Blue" which was performed
as a ballet.
1926 ( June )
" A THOUSAND YEARS AGO "
This play was performed at the Winter Garden, Broadway, New York
Quentin played role of the dancer 'Faun', he also choreographed the production.
1928 ( 4th April - 2nd June
" WILL 'O THE WHISPERERS "
This play was performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre in
Quentin performed with Greta Fayne &
1930 Film (June )
" THE NEW WAITER "
This was a 25 min. short film.
Quentin was one of the actors in this production.
1930 ( 4th Sept. - 15th Nov. )
" CHARLOT'S MASQUERADE "
Performed at the Cambridge Theatre,
Cambridge Circus, London.
Quentin arranged the dancing with H. Dixon.
Quentin's brother Kenneth also performed in this production.
1935 ( May - June )
" SHALL WE REVERSE ? "
Musical comedy play.
" THE AMATEUR GENTLEMAN "
Quentin was the Choreographer.
The film had a duration of 1:30 hour
1937 - TV Short
" DAMON & PHYLLIDA "
Quentin did the arrangement for the dancers.
This was a 25 min. short film.
1937 - Film
" VAUXHALL "
Quentin was a dancer & arranged for screen.
1937 -'38 - Film
" DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT "
Quentin arranged the ballets for the stage production.
1938 - TV
" HAVE YOU BROUGHT YOUR MUSIC ? "
Quentin devised the BBC TV production.
Birth Registrations - January, February & March 1885
The Tod Family sailed from New York to London in 1901
Death Notices London - April, May & June 1947 of malnutrition
Father : Alex Maxwell Tod - b. 1856 d. 1914
Mother : Belle Perkins Pomeroy - b. 1855
Children : Muriel - b. 1883
Quentin - b.1884
Pomeroy - b. 1887
Gordon - b. 1889
Kenneth - b. 1894
Malcolm - b. 1897
In 1901, the Tod family lived at 159 Cromwell Road Kensington, London.
1901 London Census