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actor

Paul Kelly, American actor. Awarded for performance in Command Decision: Antoinette Perry Award (Theatre Wing’s Award), Variety’s Critic’s Poll Award, Billboard’s Donaldson Award.

Background

Kelly, Paul was born on August 9, 1899 in Brooklyn. Son of Michael D. and Nellie Theresa (Murphy) Kelly.

Education

Student St. Thomas Aquinias Academy, Brooklyn, 1912-1913. Private tutors.

Career

First appearance as actor, Grand Army Man, 1907. 1st motion picture for Vitagraph Company, Brooklyn, 1907. Played first lead, Up The Ladder, by Owen Davis, Playhouse Theatre, New York, 1921.

Played Vina Delmar’s Bad Girl, 1930. In first talking picture, Walter Winchell’s Broadway Through a Keyhole, 1933. Made 400 films; in Command Decision, on Broadway, 1947.

Continuing in motion pictures.

Connections

Married Dorothy MacKaye, January 10, 1931 (deceased). Married second, Mardelle Zwicker, January 23, 1941. Children: Mimi Kathryn (adopted), Mary Mardelle Kirk (step-daughter.

father:
Michael D. Kelly

mother:
Nellie Theresa (Murphy) Kelly

spouses:
Dorothy MacKaye

Mardelle Zwicker

children:
Mimi Kathryn Kelly (adopted)

Mary Mardelle Kirk (step-dau Kelly