Daniel Sully

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Daniel Sully
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Daniel Sully ca. 1885 -The History of the Boston Theatre, 1908
Born (1855-09-06)September 6, 1855
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Died June 25, 1910(1910-06-25) (aged 54)
Woodstock, New York, U.S.A.
Occupation Circus Performer, Actor and Playwright
Years active 1890–1908

Daniel Sully (1855–1910), born Daniel Sullivan,[1] was an American circus performer, stage actor and playwright,[1] who gained popularity during the latter years of the nineteenth century.

Life and career[edit]

Daniel Sully was born on September 6, 1855, at Providence, Rhode Island.[1] He began as a circus performer before moving on to the theater where he would find success as both an actor and writer.[1] Sully was most remembered for his 1884 play, The Corner Grocery, that’s genesis was Edwin Waugh's The Chimney Corner.[1] In 1900 Sully found success with Daniel J. Hart’s play, The Parish Priest,[2] a dramatic comedy in which he played the central character, Father John Whalen.[3] By 1902,[4] he was associated with (John) Fitzgerald Murphy (a noted actor, playwright, and political activist of the time). During 1904, [5]Sully was the principle actor for several of Fitzgerald Murphy's plays, namely, The Irish Statesman and the Old Mill Stream at the California Theatre in San Francisco on respectively the 6-7 of March and the 13 of March of that year. He also starred in Fitzgerald's play "The Chief Justice" in Salt Lake City, Utah.[6] Sully remained active on the legitimate stage and vaudeville until shortly before his death.[7] Sully was a member of the Elks Lodge in Baltimore, Maryland.[8]

Daniel Sully died on June 25, 1910 at his farm near Woodstock, New York.[1] He was survived by his wife, Louisa A. Fox, the daughter of George Fox, a famous pantomime artist remembered for the show Humpty Dumpty.[1]

  • Correction to above: Daniel Sullivan's wife's name was Louisa A. Dulany. Her step-father was Charles Kemble Fox, the comedian and pantaloon performer and brother of George L. Fox.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hartford Courant June 27, 1910
  2. ^ American theatre: a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914 By Gerald Martin Bordman
  3. ^ The Player's Blue Book - A. D. Storms 1901
  4. ^ New York Dramatic Mirror June 28, 1902
  5. ^ San Francisco Call March 7, 1904
  6. ^ Salt Lake Tribune April 3, 1904
  7. ^ The Oakland Tribune April 24, 1909
  8. ^ The Players Blue Book 1901 pg. 224