Today is the birthday of Daniel Frohman (1851-1940) oldest of the three Frohman brothers, who helped revolutionize theatrical production in the U.S. With his brothers Charles and Gustave, he ran a nationwide booking system for touring New York shows, and co-managed Madison Square Garden for a time.
Daniel spearheaded the family involvement in motion picture production; starting in 1912 they were partners with Adolph Zukor in the Famous Players Film Company, forerunner of Paramount. When his brother Charles was killed on the Lusitania in 1915, Daniel assumed leadership of the family enterprises, most notably the Frohman Amusement Corp, which had been set up to produce films, and operated until 1920.
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