- Edward Gallagher
Edward Gallagher (1873 –
March 28, 1929[ New York Timesobituary, "Ed Gallagher dies; Won Fame with Shean", May 29 1929.] ) was a vaudevilleactor and half of the act Gallagher and Shean. Their story was told in an animated movie "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean" (1931) [imdb title|0022168|Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean] by Max Fleischerand Dave Fleischerwho also created Koko the Clownand Betty Boop. Gallagher and Shean also reportedly made an early sound film at the Theodore Casestudio in Auburn, New Yorkin 1925. [cite web
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San Francisco, he made a name for himself in vaudeville, Gallagher with Al Sheanto create the act Gallagher and Shean. While the act was successful, the men apparently did not like each other much.
Gallagher first performed with Shean in 1912, but the men broke up in 1914, not performing again until 1920. This latter time, they stayed together until 1925. They had a featured part in the 1922
Ziegfeld Follies, earning a salary of US$1500 a week.
Gallagher suffered a nervous breakdown and entered the Rivercrest Sanitarium in
Astoria, Queens, where he died. The final years of his life saw problems with his fourth wife, actress Ann Luther; stress, and alcoholism.
Helen Gallagher, his third wife, a former
Ziegfeld girland Jack Solomonlaunched what would become Gallagher's Steak Housein November 1927. She would marry Solomon after Gallagher's death.
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