Lookin for law and acting background for John C. Costello (1859-1938)

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John Charles Costello born and died in NYC also lived in Jersey City, NJ and Brooklyn, NY. Initially had some employ as a lawyer (and possibly political connection) in NYC. Was an amateur stage actor, silent movie actor, and later professional stage actor usually under the name John Charles, in New York. New details from fellow genealogy associates would be appreciated. Extensive research into film credits (and film locations) and NYC stage credits has identified two other silent screen and stage actors with similar names, but subtle differences in where born & died and dates, thus leading to credit ambiguities.
in Genealogy Help by Donald Costello G2G1 (1.1k points)
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John Costello

New York, New York City Municipal Deaths

Name John Costello
Event Type Death
Event Date 17 Oct 1938
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Address 322 W. 42nd St.
Residence Place N. Y. C.
Gender Male
Age 78
Marital Status Married
Race White
Occupation Actor
Birth Date 19 Oct 1859
Birthplace New York City, N. Y.
Burial Date 19 Oct 1938
Cemetery Kensico Cem.
Father's Name Matthew
Father's Birthplace Ireland
Mother's Name Elizabeth Ferry
Mother's Birthplace Ireland
Spouse's Name Alberta Costello
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New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949

Reference ID cn 20931
GS Film Number 2108250

Citing this Record

"New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W23-2WX : 20 March 2015), John Costello, 17 Oct 1938; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,108,250.

Appreciate your follow-up. Yes, you've identified one of the two silent screen actors with the same name John Costello. However, this actor's middle name is Lawrence. He has different born/death dates. I have a "study" to try to sort out which actor was in what Brooklyn, NY Vitagraph film.

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Thanks for the timely response. Your post supports details that took me a while to obtain during my research.

by Donald Costello G2G1 (1.1k points)

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