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A former [[Broadway]] dancer in the 1930s, O'Brien transitioned from performer to stage manager, working on productions ranging from ''Brigadoon'' to ''Finnian's Rainbow''. O'Brien shifted into television, serving as production stage manager/floor director on ''Sesame Street'' and related specials, for over a decade. Like [[Kermit Love]], his behind the scenes work generally limited his on-screen appearances.
 
A former [[Broadway]] dancer in the 1930s, O'Brien transitioned from performer to stage manager, working on productions ranging from ''Brigadoon'' to ''Finnian's Rainbow''. O'Brien shifted into television, serving as production stage manager/floor director on ''Sesame Street'' and related specials, for over a decade. Like [[Kermit Love]], his behind the scenes work generally limited his on-screen appearances.
   
His brother [[Mortimer J. O'Brien|Mortimer "Snooks" O'Brien]] was the floor (stage) manager for ''Sesame Street'' during the same time. When they were younger, they had worked together in vaudeville as a dance act. Their vaudeville history was referenced in a [[Sesame Street News Flash#Don Music|Sesame Street News Flash]] sketch, with "Chet and Snooks," a pair of comedians who casually assist [[Don Music]] in writing "[[The Alphabet Song]]."
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His brother [[Mortimer J. O'Brien|Mortimer "Snooks" O'Brien]] was the floor (stage) manager for ''Sesame Street'' during the same time. When they were younger, they had worked together in [[Vaudeville|vaudeville]] as a dance act. Their vaudeville history was referenced in a [[Sesame Street News Flash#Don Music|Sesame Street News Flash]] sketch, with "Chet and Snooks," a pair of comedians who casually assist [[Don Music]] in writing "[[The Alphabet Song]]."
   
 
O'Brien's other stage manager credits include the television version of the controversial musical ''O Calcutta!'' He was once married to Marilyn Miller, a Ziegfeld girl (1918-1919), who broke from the chorus line to have a decent acting career in [[Hollywood]].
 
O'Brien's other stage manager credits include the television version of the controversial musical ''O Calcutta!'' He was once married to Marilyn Miller, a Ziegfeld girl (1918-1919), who broke from the chorus line to have a decent acting career in [[Hollywood]].

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