Daniel Sully , born Daniel Sullivan, was an American circus performer, stage actor and playwright, who gained popularity during the latter years of the nineteenth century.
Sully, Daniel was born on November 6, 1855 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Patrick C. and Catharine (McCarthy) Sullivan.
Educated Newport, Rhode Island, public schools.
He began as a circus performer before moving on to the theater where he would find success as both an actor and writer. Sully was most remembered for his 1884 play, The Corner Grocery, that’s genesis was Edwin Waugh's The Chimney Corner. In 1900 Sully found success with Daniel J. Hart’s play, The Parish Priest, a dramatic comedy in which he played the central character, Father John Whalen.
By 1902, he was associated with (John) Fitzgerald Murphy (a noted actor, playwright, and political activist of the time). During 1904, Sully was the principle actor for several of Fitzgerald Murphy's plays, namely, The Irish Statesman and the Old Mill Stream at the California Theatre in San Francisco on respectively the 6-7 of March and the 13 of March of that year. He also starred in Fitzgerald's play "The Chief Justice" in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sully remained active on the legitimate stage and vaudeville until shortly before his death. Daniel Sully died on June 25, 1910 at his farm near Woodstock, New York. Correction to above: Daniel Sullivan's wife's name was Louisa A. Dulany.
Sully was a member of the Elks Lodge in Baltimore, Maryland.