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Date of Birth 15 November 1847Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Date of Death 10 August 1920New London, Connecticut, USA  (stomach cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

James O'Neill was born on November 15, 1847 in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland. He was an actor, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (1913), Susan's Gentleman (1917) and The Grain of Dust (1918). He was married to Ellen Quinlan. He died on August 10, 1920 in New London, Connecticut, USA.

Spouse (1)

Ellen Quinlan (14 June 1877 - 10 August 1920) (his death)

Trivia (12)

Noted stage actor; played the title role in "The Count of Monte Cristo" over 6000 times.
Great-grandfather of Geraldine Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Christopher Chaplin, Jane, Eugene, Michael Chaplin, Victoria Chaplin, and Annette-Emilie.
Son, Edmund, born 1883.
Son, Eugene, born 1888.
Son, James Jr., born 1878.
Grandfather of Oona Chaplin.
Father of Eugene O'Neill.
He eventually came to regret that he had been such a success in "The Count of Monte Cristo" onstage. The role eventually eclipsed all the others that he played.
He is supposedly the prototype for the character James Tyrone, in Eugene O'Neill's play "Long Day's Journey Into Night".
Adolph Zukor reportedly offered O'Neill $10,000 to play his signature role, "The Count of Monte Cristo" in 1912, but the actor held out for 10% of the profits. Unfortunately for the actor, the film did poorly at the box office and he realized only $4000.
O'Neill was 65 years old when he played his signature role of Edmund Dantes in the 1912 film version of "The Count of Monte Cristo,". The character was only half his age.

Salary (1)

The Count of Monte Cristo (1913) $4,000

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