Frank McGlynn, Sr.

Frank McGlynn, Sr. (October 26, 1866 – May 18, 1951) was an American stage and film actor who found success later in life playing Abraham Lincoln. Frank McGlynn was born in San Francisco the eldest of two daughters and a son raised by Frank and Mary McGlynn. Census records indicate that McGlynn lost a younger brother (George b. 1869) sometime between 1870 and 1880. His father was second generation Irish from New York who supported his family as a carpenter and later working in real estate. McGlynn’s mother was born in Australia of Irish parents who brought her to America at about the time of the California Gold Rush. Originally McGlynn studied to be a lawyer. He received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was admitted to the bar in 1894. By 1896 though, he was appearing on stage at the Casino Theatre performing in The Gold Bug, a burlesque musical comedy written by Glen MacDonough with music from Victor Herbert. Later that year McGlynn toured in a road production of Under the Red Robe, a story based on the Stanley Weyman novel that was adapted for the stage by Edward Everett Rose.


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