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motion picture producer.

Winfield R. Sheehan, American motion picture producer.


Sheehan, Winfield R. was born on September 24, 1883 in Buffalo, New York, United States. Son of Jeremiah F. and Angeline M. (Hens) Sheehan.


Educated St. Canisius College, Buffalo, 1897-1901 (studies interrupted by Spanish-American War).


Reporter Buffalo Courier, 1901, New York World and New York Evening World, 1902-1909. Secretary to fire commissioner, New York City, 1910, to police commissioner, 1911-1914. Organized studios of Fox Film Corporation, Hollywood, California, 1914.

Organized American, European and other foreign distribution branches and newsreel for same, 1914-1921, vice-president and general manager of the corporation and studios, Hollywood, California, resigned 1935. Produced “In Old Arizona,” the first feature picture with sound on films. Actively identified with development of sound recording on films.

Also produced “What Price Glory,” “Seventh Heaven,” “Four Sons,” “State Fair,” “Cavalcade,” “Captain Eddie,” 1944, and about 130 talking and musical motion pictures.


Married Maria Jeritza, August 12, 1935.

Jeremiah F. Sheehan

Angeline M. (Hens) Sheehan

Maria Jeritza