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Tony Sarg

Born: Apr 21, 1880

Death: Feb 17, 1942

Birthplace: Guatemala

Nationality: United States

Tony Sarg

Date of Birth : Apr 21, 1880
Date of Death : Feb 17, 1942
Birth Place : Guatemala

Anthony Frederick Sarg, known professionally as Tony Sarg, was a German American puppeteer and illustrator. He was described as "America's Puppet Master", and in his biography as the father of modern puppetry in North America. Sarg was born in Coban, Guatemala, to Francis Charles Sarg and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Parker. The elder Sarg was a consul representing Germany; Parker was English. The family returned to the German Empire in 1887; Sarg entered a military academy at age 14 and received a commission as lieutenant at 17; in 1905 he resigned his commission and took up residence in the United Kingdom, where he pursued a relationship with Bertha Eleanor McGowan, an American he had met when she was a tourist in Germany. They were married in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, January 20, 1909, and returned to England where their daughter Mary was born two years later. In 1914, with the start of World War I, he sent Bertha and the children to Cincinnati, followed them soon after, and settled the family in New York City in 1915.

Also known as

  • Anthony Frederick Sarg
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