- He began his career as an actor under Philip Henslowe in 1597.
- He was not successful as an actor, but was considered a very valuable writer.
- He began writing tragedies, but quickly reverted to comedy.
- None of his original tragedies have survived, but his earliest known work was a comedy called "The Case is Altered"
- Jonson was briefly imprisoned for writing mutinous comments in his play "The Isle of Dogs"
- His first true success was "Every Man in His Humour"