Grismer, Joseph R.

Joseph Grizmer
Official Club portrait of Joseph Grismer
Joseph Rhode Grismer (November 4, 1849 – 1922) was an American stage actor, playwright, and theatrical director and producer. He was probably best remembered for his play The New South and for his revision of the Charlotte Blair Parker play Way Down East. During his later years Grismer served as a director for the Commercial Trust Company and treasurer of the Gulf Fisheries Company. He was a president of the Actors’ Order of Friendship and vice-president of the Actors’ Fund of America and a member of The Players, American Dramatists’ Club, Green Room Club, Bohemian Club, the Manhasset Bay and Larchmont Yacht clubs. Grismer served two terms as shepherd of The Lambs. Though considered fractious by some, his tenures, 1911–1913 and 1917–1918, oversaw a doubling in the size of the clubhouse. He saved the club from financial crises by advancing more than $30,000 without security. Grismer remained a member of the Council of The Lambs until the end of his life. He was the second named to the list of Immortal Lambs.