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James O'Neill (actor)
During his day, he was considered a promising actor, quickly working his way up the ranks to become a matinee idol. Early in his career he played the title role in a stage adaptation of Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, a role he played for nearly ten years to great commercial success. However, his choice to play only one role was seen by some (including his son) as selling out, neglecting his dynamic talents for the sake of money.
James O'Neill later became the model for James Tyrone , the father character in Eugene O'Neill's final work Long Day's Journey Into Night, which tells the story of the Tyrone family, who closely resemble the members of Eugene's family.
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