J. Gordon Dooley


Variety Magazine – January 29, 1930

J. Gordon Dooley, 31, comedian for the vaudeville team of Dooley and Morton,died January 24 at his home In Philadelphia of tuberculosis.

Dooley, going from vaude to legit, had appeared in a number of Broadway shows, including “Vanities,” Ziegfeld’s “Follies, “Honeymoon Lane,” and “Hitchy Koo.” He had entered vaude as a member of the Dooley’ brothers act, working with William, who died September 29, 1921, when he was doing a double with another brother, Johnny, musical comedy comic,who died of appendicitis June 7, 1928.

Gordon Dooley married Martha Morton In July, 1922, when she was playing vaude with her parents, Sam and Kitty Morton. Martha replaced her sister Clara when she left the act to do a single.

Later Dooley and his wife formed a double act which was working up to time Gordon collapsed. Several months ago both Dooley and Miss Morton were about to appear in a talker short for Columbia pictures.

The day before camera work in Camden, N. J., Gordon became so ill that he had to go to his home in Philadelphia. He was never able to return to New York.

Ray Dooley (Mrs. Eddie Dowling) was appearing in “Follow Thru” and when her brother’s condition became critical she left the show to be at his bedside. There is also another sister, Mrs. George Vaughan (non-pro).

The funeral services were held in the Dooley home in Bywood, a suburb of Philadelphia, with interment in Philadelphia.


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