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John T. Kelly

John T. Kelly, born in 1855 and forgotten today except for his years with the Weber & Fields Music Hall, was one of the first generation of vaudevillians. He began his career as a rough, knockabout Irish comic in saloon shows with Thomas J. Ryan, a rocky partnership that survived nearly 15 years. Kelly joined the Weber & Fields Music Hall troupe and stayed the entire 8 years of its fabled existence.