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Joe Murphy (XV) (1831–1915)


As a young man he sailed to California to escape an apprenticeship contract. After trying his hand at gold mining he joined a minstrel show for five dollars a week. By the time he had retired in 1902, he was probably the richest actor in America with an estate worth some $3,000,000. See more trivia »

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The Kerry Gow
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 1912 The Kerry Gow (Short) (play)

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When he made his stage debut in San Francisco, and was erroneously billed as Joe Murphy, the name stuck. See more »

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