David Garrick (February 19, 1717 - January 20, 1779) was an English actor, dramatist and theatre manager, and a pupil and friend of Dr. Johnson.
David Garrick was born in Hereford, England and educated, like Johnson, at Lichfield. Johnson later taught him the classics, and in 1737 he travelled to London to seek his fortune. Having failed to succeed in a legal career, he decided on the stage, and by 1741 he was the talk of the theatrical scene for his performance in William Shakespeare's Richard III. He went on to manage Drury Lane Theatre, and enjoyed a thirty-year career at the top of the tree, one of the most influential and popular figures in the whole of British theatre history.
David Garrick died in London, England and was interred in the "Poet's Corner" at Westminster Abbey.