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William Shea (IV) (1856–1918)

William Shea was born on October 6, 1856 in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland as William James O' Shea. He was an actor, known for Davy Jones' Landladies (1910), Davy Jones' Parrot (1910) and Davy Jones and Captain Bragg (1910). He died on November 5, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Davy Jones' Landladies
Davy Jones' Parrot
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 1920 A Daughter of Two Worlds
Slim Jackson
 1918 The Brief Debut of Tildy (Short)
Mr. Seeders
 1918 A Bachelor's Children
Whiskers O'Brien
 1917 Bobby, Boy Scout (Short)
 1917 Bobby, Movie Director (Short)
 1917 Sally in a Hurry
 1917 Kitty MacKay
 1917/I The Meeting (Short)
 1916 Shanks and Chivalry (Short)
Ye King
 1916 Help! Help! Help! (Short)
Mr. Henpeck
 1916 Walls and Wallops (Short)
Police Chief
 1916 The Memory Mill (Short)
John Todd
 1916 She Who Last Laughs (Short)
I.M. Wealthy
 1916 Sand, Scamps and Strategy (Short)
Little Nell's Father
 1916 Loot and Love (Short)
The Heroine's Father
 1916 A Villainous Villain (Short)
Old Man Dukkets
 1916 The Footlights of Fate
Anthony Thursday
 1916 Romance and Roughhouse (Short)
Romantic Rena's Father
 1916 The Man from Egypt (Short)
Mr. Mazuma
 1916 Kernel Nutt and the Piano Tuner (Short)
The Banker
 1916 Putting Pep in Slowtown (Short)
Mayor Van Poke
 1916 Hughey, the Process Server (Short)
 1916 A Night Out
 1916 My Lady's Slipper
Bucknail (per Variety) (unconfirmed)
 1916 When Hooligan and Dooligan Ran for Mayor (Short)
Old Man Dooligan
 1915 Benjamin Bunter: Book Agent (Short)
Jonah Grundell
 1915 No Tickee, No Washee (Short)
Mike Callahan
 1915 Between Two Fires (Short)
Finley Jones
 1915 Beached and Bleached (Short)
 1915 The Dust of Egypt
 1915 She Took a Chance (Short)
Mike Luckey
 1915 Heavy Villains (Short)
F.G. Lawrence
 1915 Pat Hogan, Deceased (Short)
Pat Hogan
 1915 Some Duel (Short)
Mike Dugan
 1915 Mr. Jarr's Big Vacation (Short)
 1915 A Pair of Queens (Short)
Holligan - the Iceman
 1915 Mr. Bixbie's Dilemma (Short)
Mr. Bixbie
 1915 The White and Black Snowball (Short)
Herman the Grocer
 1915 The Boarding House Feud (Short)
Billy's Uncle
 1915 The Enemies (Short)
James Osborne
 1915 The Lady of Shalott (Short)
Captain Starboard
 1915 A Wireless Rescue (Short)
Old Welch - Polly's Father
 1915 Two and Two (Short)
Mr. Bunty - 1st Husband (as William James Shea)
 1915 Burglarious Billy (Short)
 1915 The Young Man Who 'Figgered' (Short)
Papa Tubbs
 1915 Chiefly Concerning Males (Short)
Patrick - the Iceman
 1914 Sweeney's Christmas Bird (Short)
 1914 The Athletic Family (Short)
Jake Punchim
 1914 C.O.D.
Farmer Jones
 1914 The Man Behind the Door
Professor Pierson
 1914 Kill or Cure (Short)
Old Hiram
 1914 Fisherman Kate (Short)
 1914 Hearts and Diamonds (Short)
Uncle William
 1914 The Band Leader (Short)
Lillian's Father
 1914 The Wrong Flat (Short)
The Janitor
 1914 The House on the Hill (Short)
Larry McGinnis
 1914 Private Bunny (Short)
 1914 Pigs Is Pigs (Short)
 1914 The Vases of Hymen (Short)
Roberts - the Antique Dealer
 1914 A Train of Incidents (Short)
 1914 Two Stepchildren (Short)
Joe's Uncle Jabez - an Old Farmer
 1914 The Old Maid's Baby (Short)
 1914 Mr. Bingle's Melodrama (Short)
Old Joe
 1914 The Widow of Red Rock (Short)
 1914 The Maid from Sweden (Short)
John Haines - the Plasterer
 1914 Bunny's Swell Affair (Short)
An Impresario
 1914 The Adventure of the Rival Undertakers (Short)
The Irishman
 1914 Bunco Bill's Visit (Short)
Bunco Bill
 1914 Tangled Tangoists (Short)
 1914 The Spirit and the Clay (Short)
Gordon's Father
 1914 The Chicken Inspector (Short)
 1914 Bunny's Scheme (Short)
Justice of the Peace
 1914 The Hall-Room Rivals (Short)
3rd Sea Captain
 1914 Mrs. Maloney's Fortune (Short)
Michael Finnegan
 1914 The Speeder's Revenge (Short)
 1914 The Hero (Short)
 1914 Doctor Polly (Short)
 1914 Sawdust and Salome (Short)
Uncle Jerry
 1914 Bunny's Birthday (Short)
Burglar Bill
 1914 Sonny Jim in Search of a Mother (Short)
A Vagabond
 1914 Jerry's Uncle's Namesake (Short)
Mr. Simpson
 1914 The Street Singers (Short)
Betty's Father
 1914 The Misadventures of a Mighty Monarch (Short)
Willie - the Tramp
 1913 The Ancient Order of Good Fellows (Short)
Erickson - the Forger
 1913 Beauty Unadorned (Short)
Captain Smith
 1913 Betty in the Lions' Den (Short)
 1913 An Elopement at Home (Short)
The Justice of the Peace
 1913 The Doctor's Secret (Short)
 1913 The Pirates (Short)
Crew of the Ella
 1913 The Fatal Verdict (Short)
 1913 The Shells (Short)
 1913 Those Troublesome Tresses (Short)
 1913 When the Press Speaks (Short)
One of Peter's Friends
 1913 O'Hara as a Guardian Angel (Short)
Tim Sullivan
 1913 'Arriet's Baby (Short)
Tom Rogers, 'Arriet's Father
 1913 Cupid Through a Keyhole (Short)
Jack Wearyfoot - the Tramp
 1913 His Life for His Emperor (Short)
 1913 Mr. Horatio Sparkins (Short)
 1913 Hearts of the First Empire (Short)
 1913 O'Hara and the Youthful Prodigal (Short)
Tim Sullivan
 1913 Dick, the Dead Shot (Short)
Dick's Father
 1913 The Mouse and the Lion (Short)
A Gangster
 1913 O'Hara's Godchild (Short)
Tim Sullivan
 1913 Suspicious Henry (Short)
Michael Murphy
 1913 The Chains of an Oath (Short)
 1913 The Classmate's Frolic (Short)
The Organ Player
 1913 It Made Him Mad (Short)
 1913 The Widow's Might (Short)
Mike McGuinness
 1913 Ma's Apron Strings (Short)
Mr. Bush
 1913 The Little Minister (Short)
Captain Halliwell
 1912 Adam and Eve (Short)
Adam's Father
 1912 Too Many Caseys (Short)
J. Patrick Casey
 1912 O'Hara, Squatter and Philosopher (Short)
Tim Sullivan
 1912 The Model for St. John (Short)
 1912 As You Like It
Undetermined Role
 1912 Nothing to Wear (Short)
Nora's Sweetheart
 1912 She Wanted a Boarder (Short)
The Cornet Player
 1912 The Bond of Music (Short)
Pierre le Noir, Vian's Neighbor
 1912 The Bogus Napoleon (Short)
 1912 Aunty's Romance (Short)
The Attorney
 1912 Her Old Sweetheart (Short)
A Thief
 1912 The Pseudo Sultan (Short)
A Dervish
 1912 The French Spy (Short)
A Whirling Dervish
 1912 The Nipper's Lullaby (Short)
Boat Captain
 1912 Pandora's Box (Short)
Henry Shayshall
 1912 Who's to Win? (Short)
Lang, Lawyer in Residence
 1912 The Spider's Web (Short)
 1912 The Old Kent Road (Short)
Mr. Spriggins, the Landlord
 1912 Burnt Cork (Short)
Mr. Diggs
 1912 The Unknown Violinist (Short)
 1912 Tom Tilling's Baby (Short)
Mr. Carter - the Father
 1912 Chumps (Short)
Mr. McSorley, the Climax
 1912 Father and Son (Short)
 1911 A Doubly Desired Orphan (Short)
Mr. Brown - the Widower
 1911 Vanity Fair (Short)
Sir Pitt Crawley
 1911 The Politician's Dream (Short)
 1911 The Life Boat (Short)
Old Capt. Bill - the Father
 1911 An Innocent Burglar (Short)
 1911 The Gossip (Short)
Rev. Mr. Churchly
 1911 Captain Barnacle, Diplomat (Short)
Captain Sam Ruggles
 1911 Carr's Regeneration (Short)
 1911 The Child Crusoes (Short)
 1911 A Friendly Marriage (Short)
The Butler
 1911 The Wrong Patient (Short)
 1911 Intrepid Davy (Short)
Davy Jones
 1911 The Return of 'Widow' Pogson's Husband (Short)
Mr. Pogson
 1911 The Woes of a Wealthy Widow (Short)
The Attorney
 1911 In Northern Forests (Short)
 1911 Two Overcoats (Short)
Peter Dempsey
 1911 Davy Jones; or, His Wife's Husband (Short)
Davy Jones
 1911 A Tale of Two Cities (Short)
Jarvis Lorry
 1911 Pictureland (Short)
Rosita's Father
 1911 Davy Jones in the South Seas (Short)
Davy Jones
 1911 Three Men and a Maid (Short)
Second Old Bachelor
 1910 Davy Jones' Domestic Troubles (Short)
Davy Jones
 1910 Auld Robin Gray (Short)
Auld Robin Gray
 1910 Davy Jones and Captain Bragg (Short)
Davy Jones
 1910 Becket (Short)
King Henry II
 1910 Davy Jones' Landladies (Short)
Davy Jones
 1910 Davy Jones' Parrot (Short)
Davy Jones
 1910 Caught in His Own Trap (Short)
 1909 A Midsummer Night's Dream (Short)
 1908/I Julius Caesar (Short)
First Citizen
 1908/I Romeo and Juliet (Short)
 1907 The Shaughraun (Short)
 1905 The Servant Girl Problem (Short)
Five Separate Roles

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Alternate Names:

William J. Shea | William James Shea

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According to Theatre Magazine, December 1918, p. 392: "... the oldest moving picture actor in the country in years of service, and the first comedian of the Vitagraph Company, died suddenly of heart disease, at his Brooklyn residence." See more »

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