He made his debut in London at the Prince's Theatre in 1844. He moved to the United States and soon joined the company of William E. Burton of which he was a part for nine years (1852–61). He performed in the company of Wallack (1861–72) and Daly (1872–90), retired in 1890, and died in New York City.
His best-known parts were Triplet in Masks and Faces, and Sir Peter Teazle, Jacques, and Graves in Money. Fisher died at his home in New York City on June 11, 1891, after a period of illness.