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Arthur Lucan (1885–1954)

Arthur Towle was in show business from 1900 when he left school until his dying day. He started as an "Irish" character comedian in British music halls; touring Ireland with this act in 1913, he met and married Kitty McShane (she was 15, he 26). They gradually evolved the act of "Old Mother Riley and her Daughter" (Arthur, in drag, playing the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Vampire Over London
Vampire Over London Mrs. Riley
(1952)
Old Mother Riley's Ghosts
(1941)
Old Mother Riley Detective
(1943)
Old Mother Riley's Circus
(1941)

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Other Works:

He and Kitty McShane performed in the show, "Twice Nightly Variety," at the Holborn Empire Theatre in Holborn, London, England with Sophie Tucker, The Western Brothers (George & Kenneth), Murray & Mooney, Paul Paetzold & Company, The Three Biltmorettes, Joe Milton and Anita Martell in the cast.

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Personal Quote:

I've got one foot in the grave, one foot in a bedsock, and I'm kicking the bucket with the other!

Trivia:

He adopted the surname Lucan from a dairy in Dublin. See more »

Trademark:

In films, always worked in 'drag' as Old Mother Riley

Nickname:

Old Mother Riley

Star Sign:

Virgo

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