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Donald Brian (February 17, 1877December 22, 1948) actor, dancer and singer born St. John'smarker, Newfoundlandmarker (now Newfoundland and Labradormarker, Canadamarker), at the age of eighteen was crowned "King of Broadway" by the New York Times in 1907. Brian is noted for helping President Theodore Roosevelt act more relaxed in public and teaching Frank Sinatra to dance and entertain U.S. Troops in Englandmarker with Bob Hope.

Brian, a tenor, was employed in a Bostonmarker machine shop and at the age of 16 began performing with a vocal quartette. When he joined a theatrical troupe in New York Citymarker his career had taken off. He had leading roles in more than 20 Broadwaymarker musicals. In 1915 Brian signed with Jesse Lasky to do two films Voice in the Fog(1915) and The Smugglers(1916). After the latter he would make no more film appearances until the sound era.

Selected Broadway musicalsmarker Brian had starred or had leading roles;

Brian was president of the Catholic Actor's Guild and helped many young budding performers excel in their career.

Donald Brian died at Great Neckmarker, New Yorkmarker in 1948.

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