Birth: 1861, East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Death: April 23, 1940, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Thomas E. Shea was a director and dramatic actor, best known for The Man o' Warsman
(silent film - 1914). He was married to Nellie Burkett.
One footnote in Shea's life story is that the New York Star Theatre closed after a performance of
one of his most famous roles, Man O' Wars-Man. This theatre was later the subject for one of
the first structural time-lapse photography documentationswhen it was demolished in 1901. It was made
by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company from the window of its office diagonally across Broadway;
it was added to the National Film Registry in 2002. The theater was replaced by an eight-story commercial
structure, designed by Clinton & Russell, whose principal tenant was the clothier Rogers, Peet & Co.