SHEAN, AL (Schonberg; 1868–1949), vaudeville actor. Born in Dornum, Germany, and brought up in New York, Shean became well known with the Comedy Four, which he led for 15 years. He then teamed with Ed Gallagher for a time, but subsequently appeared in plays, taking roles like Stonewall Moskewitz in Betsy (1926), Father Malachy in Father Malachy's Miracle (1937), Von Barwig in The Music Master (1941), and Manny Siegelmann in Meet a Body (1944). His sister was the mother of the *Marx Brothers.
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