Daniel Sully

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Daniel Sully
Daniel Sully ca. 1885, from The History of the Boston Theatre, 1908
Daniel Sully ca. 1885, from The History of the Boston Theatre, 1908
Born(1855-09-06)September 6, 1855
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
DiedJune 25, 1910(1910-06-25) (aged 54)
Woodstock, New York, U.S.A.
OccupationCircus Performer, Actor and Playwright
Years active1890–1908

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, in 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 had its genesis in 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, Sully was the principal 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 6–7 March and the 13 March of that year.[5] 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