Chet O'Brien

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Chester Lee O'Brien was an American chorus dancer in the 1930s who became a stage manager. He worked on Oh! Calcutta! and on Sesame Street, where he also performed as "Mr. Macinstosh".

As a young man, Chet O'Brien and his twin brother, Mortimer "Snooks" O'Brien, performed together in a vaudeville dance act. He was an ensemble performer in Jonica in 1930, a performer in Fine and Dandy and a performer in Who's Who. On 1 September 1934 he married the tap dancer Marilyn Miller, her third marriage. The marriage does not seem to have been happy. Miller died on 7 April 1936 from complications after nasal surgery.

Chet O'Brien was stage manager on Keep Off the Grass. In the early 1950s O'Brien worked for CBS as a stage manager on the Arthur Godfrey shows. In December 1954, it was reported that he was leaving Columbia due to a pay cut. He was stage manager on Rumple, The Most Happy Fella, Finian's Rainbow and Brigadoon. In 1967 he was stage manager on the TV show Mark Twain Tonight!. In 1972 he was stage manager on Oh! Calcutta!. Chet O'Brien appeared as "Mr Macintosh", a fruit and vegetable vendor, on Sesame Street in various episodes between 1975 and 1992.

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