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Frank Conroy (1890-1964) was a prominent figure in the Greenwich Village Little Theater scene. He had been a Shakespearean actor in his native England before moving to New York in 1915 to appear on Broadway. During the teens, he acted with the Washington Square Players and circa 1917 helped found the Greenwich Village Theater, serving for a period as its director. In the 1920s, Conroy returned to Broadway, balancing his stage career with roles in film (he appeared in over 70 films beginning in the 1930s). In 1957, he won a Tony award in the category "Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic)" for his performance as Father William Callifer in the Broadway production of Graham Greene's The Potting Shed.
A publicity photograph of Frank Conroy, undated
This portrait of Conroy was shot by Apeda, a New York photography studio known for its portraiture of athletes and Broadway performers. Conroy's grizzled hair suggests that the photograph was taken in the 1930s or later.