George M. Cohan was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer
- Cohan began his career as a child, performing with his parents and sister in a vaudeville act known as "The Four Cohans"
||03 July 1878
|When did George M. Cohan die? / Died
||05 November 1942
|How many years did George M. Cohan live? / Lived
Who was George M. Cohan? / Facts
- Beginning with Little Johnny Jones in 1904, he wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals
- Cohan published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "The Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag"
- As a composer, he was one of the early members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
- He displayed remarkable theatrical longevity, appearing in films until the 1930s, and continuing to perform as a headline artist until 1940
- Known in the decade before World War I as "the man who owned Broadway", he is considered the father of American musical comedy
- His life and music were depicted in the Academy Award-winning film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and the 1968 musical George M!
- A statue of Cohan in Times Square in New York City commemorates his contributions to American musical theatre
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