Daniel Frohman

Daniel Frohman
Daniel Frohman

Frohman, October 19, 1907 (aged 56)
Born August 22, 1851(1851-08-22)
Sandusky, Ohio
Died December 26, 1940(1940-12-26) (aged 89)
Occupation American theatrical producer and early film producer

Daniel Frohman (August 22, 1851 - December 26, 1940) was a Jewish American theatrical producer and manager, and an early film producer.

Daniel Frohman Lyceum Theatre Co.
Lithograph - 1897
Library of Congress Collection

Frohman was born in Sandusky, Ohio. In his younger days he worked as a clerk at the New York Tribune, and while there witnessed the fatal shooting of the reporter Albert Deane Richardson by Daniel McFarland on November 25, 1869, and was a witness at McFarland's murder trial.

With his brothers Charles and Gustave Frohman, he helped to develop a system of road companies that would tour the nation while the show also played in New York City. He was the producer-manager of the old and new Lyceum Theatres and the Lyceum stock company from 1886 to 1909. During this period he launched careers for such actors as E. H. Sothern, Henry Miller, William Faversham, Maude Adams, Richard Mansfield and James Keteltas Hackett.

Frohman became involved in the motion picture business as a partner and producer with Adolph Zukor in the Famous Players Film Company. He worked from offices on West 26th Street in New York City, between 1913 and 1917 he was part of the production of more than seventy films.

On his passing in 1940, Frohman was buried in the Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood, New York near his brother Charles who had died in 1915 in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Daniel Frohman was at one time, 1903–1909, married to Broadway actress Margaret Illington. Margaret later married Major Edward Bowes.


  • Thomas Allston Brown, A History of the New York Stage From the First Performance in 1732 to 1901, vol. III, (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903).
  • George Cooper, Lost Love: A True Story of Passion, Murder, and Justice in Old New York (New York: Random House/Pantheon Books, 1994), illus.

ISBN 0-679-43398-8.

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