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Abraham Elieser Adolph Schönberg (Schönberg (Shean))

Also Known As: "Al Shean", "Adolf", "Alfred", "Albert", "Adolf Schoemberg"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dornum, Germany
Death: August 12, 1949 (81)
New York, NY, United States
Place of Burial: Hawthorne, Westchester, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Levy Schönberg Funk and Fanny Sophie Salomon
Husband of Johanna Davidson and Johanna Schönberg
Father of Lawrence Albert Shean; Alan D Shean and Lawrence Albert Shean
Brother of Sara Schönberg; Hannah Schoenberg; Minnie Marx; Heinemann Schönberg and Emile Emanuel Schoenberg

Occupation: Comedian
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About Al Shean

Al Shean was the stage name for comedian Albert Schönberg. He is most remembered for being half of the vaudeville team Gallagher and Shean, and as the uncle of the Marx Brothers.

After making a name for himself in vaudeville, Shean teamed up with Edward Gallagher to create the act Gallagher and Shean. While the act was successful, the men apparently did not like each other much.

Shean went on to some solo roles, including portraying a priest in the film Hitler's Madman (1943) and as the grandfather in The Blue Bird (1940), and some three dozen other films. He and Gallagher also made an early sound film at the Theodore Case studio in Auburn, New York in 1925.

Shean's son, also named Al Shean, worked on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.


"New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WT3-5G3 : 10 February 2018), Louisia Levy in entry for Lafay Or Louis Davidson, 08 Jan 1944; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,131,738.

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Al Shean's Timeline

1868
May 12, 1868
Dornum, Germany
1880
1880
Age 11
New York City, New York, New York, United States
1880
Age 11
New York City, New York, New York, USA
1885
August 12, 1885
New York
August 12, 1885
New York
1930
September 27, 1930
New York, NY, United States
1949
August 12, 1949
Age 81
New York, NY, United States
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Hawthorne, Westchester, NY, United States