The Empire Theatre, formerly located in the New York City theater district at 1430 Broadway near 40th Street, was built in 1893. It was one of the most beloved Broadway theaters of its era, housing the hit plays Life with Father (opening 1939) and Member of the Wedding (opening 1950). Life with Father was an extremely popular production, running for over 3,200 performances at three different theaters between 1939 and 1947.
Peter Turgeon was a painter of New York City genre scenes and marine subjects whose primary career was in the theater as an actor, writer and director. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, returned to acting. He performed in several plays on and off Broadway during the 1950s and 1960s, mostly comedies and musicals, including A Thurber Carnival, Send Me No Flowers, and Little Me. He also appeared in film and television in a wide range of roles from 1950 to 1989, from voicing a ghost on the soap opera Dark Shadows, to playing roles in the movies Airport, Dear Heart and American Gigolo. In his later years he worked as a writer, director and actor at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton, New York.
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