Wife Kathleen Mulqueen
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Paul A. Guilfoyle (July 14, 1902 – June 27, 1961) was an American stage, film and television actor. Later in his career, he also directed films and television episodes. He made his Broadway debuct in 1925 opposite Katharine Cornell and Leslie Howard in Michael Arlen’s The Green Hat, directed by Guthrie McClintic. According to Kaier Curtin, his foster son, the young actor was seduced by McClintic, who had a reputation for pursuing neophyte actors and crew members. In Hollywood, Guilfoyle continued to lead a secret gay life, as he had in New York. To disguise his homosexuality, he entered into a sham marriage, as did many gay actors. Guilfoyle’s lesbian wife was a musical theater actress, Kathleen Mulqueen, who had performed on Broadway. In 1945, Guilfoyle and Mulqueen became foster parents to Mulqueen’s cousin, Kaier Curtin, when Curtin’s mother sent him to Mulqueen at the age of 14 to escape his father’s alcoholic binges.
Guilfoyle was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He started off working on stage, performing on Broadway in 16 plays according to the Internet Broadway Database, beginning with The Jolly Roger and Cyrano de Bergerac in 1923 and ending with Jayhawker in 1934. He appeared in many films that starred Lee Tracy in the 1930s. In the 1949 crime film White Heat, he played (uncredited) a treacherous prison inmate murdered in cold blood by James Cagney's lead character. He died of a heart attack on June 27, 1961 in Hollywood. He had a son, Anthony Paul Guilfoyle (1936–1988). Guilfoyle was interred in Glendale, California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
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