Thomas E. Shea

actor / 1900s


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.



B.F. Keith Theatre / Washington, DC / March 22, 1920


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