b. 11 November 1887, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 6 March 1967, Little Neck, New York, USA. Among his early appearances on Broadway were in the musicals Very Good Eddie (by Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, with Ernest Truex and Alice Dovey also in the cast) and Leave It To Jane (both 1917), The Rose Of China (1919), The Half Moon (1920), 9 O’Clock Frolic (a Florenz Ziegfeld show), Two Little Girls In Blue, and Good Morning Dearie (all 1921), One Kiss (1923), and Dear Sir (1924). Also in 1924 Shaw was in Music Box Revue, which ran for 184 performances, featured songs by Irving Berlin and starred Fanny Brice, with whom Shaw sang the duet, ‘All Alone’.
In Oh, Kay! (1926), Shaw took a leading role, as Jimmy Winter, singing George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin’s ‘Dear Little Girl’, ‘Bride And Groom’, ‘Heaven On Earth’, all of which were production numbers, as well as singing duets with co-star Gertrude Lawrence on ‘Maybe’ and ‘Do-Do-Do’. He was also in The Five O’Clock Girl (1927). In the 30s, Shaw appeared in Flying High (1930), with songs by Ray Henderson, Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown, which ran at the Apollo Theatre for 355 performances, and Everybody’s Welcome (1931). Other 30s Broadway shows in which Shaw appeared were not musicals, and included plays such as A Lady Detained (1935) and A Private Affair (1936). He was also in the 1941 play Pie In The Sky and made a number of movie appearances in the late 20s.