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Al Shean
Born Abraham Elieser Adolph Schönberg or Adolf Schönberg, or Alfred Schönberg, or Albert Schönberg[1]
May 12, 1868(1868-05-12)
Dornum, Germany
Died August 12, 1949 (aged 81)
New York City, United States
Occupation Comedian

Al Shean (May 12, 1868, Dornum, then a part of Prussia, now Germany - August 12, 1949, New York City) was the stage name for comedian Abraham Elieser Adolph Schönberg,[2] [3] [4][5]although other sources give his birth name as various Adolf Schönberg, Albert Schönberg, or Alfred Schönberg.[6] He is most remembered for being half of the vaudeville team Gallagher and Shean, and as the uncle of the Marx Brothers.

Schönberg's father was a magician. His sister, Minnie, married Sam "Frenchie" Marx, whose children would become the Marx Brothers. After making a name for himself in vaudeville, Shean teamed up with Edward Gallagher to create the act Gallagher and Shean. While the act was successful, the men apparently did not like each other much.

Shean went on to some solo roles, the professor in the film San Francisco (1936), including portraying a priest in the film Hitler's Madman (1943) and as the grandfather in The Blue Bird (1940), and some three dozen other films. He and Gallagher also made an early sound film at the Theodore Case studio in Auburn, New York in 1925.[7] Shean's son, also named Al Shean, worked on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

See also


  1. ^ Mitchell, Glenn (2003). The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia. London: Reynolds & Hearn. pp. 258. ISBN 1905287119.  
  2. ^ "The Marx Brothers Family". Retrieved January 6, 2010.  
  3. ^ "Abraham Elieser Adolf SCHONBERG". FamilySearch™ International Genealogical. Retrieved January 6, 2010.  
  4. ^ "Vaudeville, old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performers". Frank Cullen,Florence Hackman,Donald McNeilly. Retrieved January 6, 2010.  
  5. ^ Louvish, Simon (2000). Monkey Business.The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers. St. Martin's Press. pp. 471. ISBN 0312252927.  
  6. ^ Mitchell, Glenn (2003). The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia. London: Reynolds & Hearn. pp. 258. ISBN 1905287119.  
  7. ^ "Gallagher and Shean". CBX Media. 2003-11-19. Retrieved February 21, 2008.  

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