Today in my lecture to our Writing New York class I talked briefly about James O’Neill’s long run in The Count of Monte Cristo, a role he played over 5,000 times between 1875 and 1917. I promised to post some film clips of late O’Neill performances, which come from our friend Ric Burns’ doc on James’s famous son, Eugene:

Here’s Burns addressing the New-York Historical Society on the subject of Eugene O’Neill, with some comments on the father-son relationship:

For details on Burns’s film, click here.