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Dan Bryant
Original name: Daniel Webster O'Brien
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Birth: May 9, 1833
Troy
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1875
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Born Daniel Webster O'Brien, Dan and his brothers Jerry and Neil took the stage surname of Bryant and formed Bryant's Minstrels in 1857. Dan Bryant became the best known of the brothers. Elder brother Jerry Bryant (1828-1861) was already on the stage when Dan first performed as a dancer in New York City in 1845. In 1849-50, Dan Bryant performed with the Sable Harmonists in Southern and Western states, and later in 1850 he began performing with Charley White's Melodeon Minstrels in New York City. From 1857 to 1866, Bryant's Minstrels performed at Mechanics' Hall in New York City. Jerry Bryant played tambourine and bones, danced, and was a comedian, Dan Bryant played the banjo, danced, and was a comedian, in what was called a "Negro dialect," and Neil Bryant played accordion and flutina. From 1858 to 1866, Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904) performed with Bryant's Minstrels, except for one season (1861-62), playing banjo, singing, and writing songs, and dialogue. Bryant's Minstrels were considered the most genuine of minstrels. In 1859, Bryant's Minstrels first performed Dan Emmett's song "Dixie's Land," and soon the song was simply known as "Dixie." In addition to Bryant's Minstrels, Dan Bryant took his debut in white face in 1863, playing the Irish character "Handy Andy" in New York City, and then played Irish characters in other American and English theatres. He died of double pneumonia and was survived by his wife (Ellen Fitzgibbons) and several children. A Solemn Requiem Mass was performed at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle (Roman Catholic), in New York City. 
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Woodside
Queens County
New York, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Jul 05, 2010
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Dan Bryant
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