Frank Findley Mackay

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Frank Findley Mackay
Frank Findley Mackay in 1916.jpg
Mackay in 1916
Born (1832-07-20)July 20, 1832
Ontario, Canada
Died May 6, 1923(1923-05-06) (aged 90)
Fort Lee, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Sneathan
Children Charles Donald Mackay
William Andrew Mackay
Edward Mackay
Parent(s) Francie Mackay
Elizabeth Findley

Frank Findley Mackay (July 20, 1832 – May 6, 1923) was an American actor and author.[1] He was vice president and the chairman of the executive committee of the Actors Fund of America.[2] He was the founder of the National Congress of Dramatic Art.[3]


He was born on July 20, 1832 in Ontario, Canada to Francie Mackay and Elizabeth Findley of Scotland. His parents had migrated from Scotland to New York City but fled the city for Canada during the cholera epidemic of 1832.[1]

He started in theater in 1848 at the Arch Street repertory theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

In 1863 he married Elizabeth Sneathan and they had three children, Charles Donald Mackay, William Andrew Mackay, and Edward Mackay.[1]

In 1913 he wrote The Art of Acting. In 1916 he was commemorated as the oldest living Broadway actor.[2]

He died on May 8, 1923 in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the home of his son, Charles.[3]


  1. ^ a b c James Terry White. "Frank Findley Mackay". The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. 
  2. ^ a b c "F. F. Mackay Testimonial" (PDF). New York Times. November 25, 1916. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Frank F. Mackay, Actor, Dies at 91. Pneumonia Takes Veteran Who Was a Member of Original Union Square Company". New York Times. May 7, 1923. Retrieved 2015-01-14.