b. Edwin Fitzgerald, 9 March 1856, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 February 1928, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Born into a family of Irish immigrants, at the age of six Foy began singing and dancing in an effort to help to support his family after the death of his father. At first performing in the streets and in saloons, he moved on to the vaudeville circuit and by the end of the century had reached Broadway. He played in musical comedies including The Strollers (1901), Mr. Bluebeard (1903), Piff! Paff! Pouf!! (1904), The Earl And The Girl (1907), The Orchid (1907), Mr. Hamlet Of Broadway (1908), Up And Down Broadway (1910), and Over The River (1912). With his third wife, Foy had 11 children, seven of them surviving and eventually going on stage with him as Eddie Foy And The Seven Little Foys. This act began in 1910 and proved to be a smash hit wherever they played on their nationwide tours. In 1923, the act broke up and Foy returned to being a solo performer, appearing successfully on Broadway and on tour. Two of his sons remained in showbusiness, Brian Foy as a film director and producer, Eddie Foy Jnr. as singer, dancer and comedian. Foy never retired and was still on the road when he died.
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