Stage & Screen Artist
Born December 12, 1916, Chicago, Illinois
Died September 10, 1998, Ewing Township, New Jersey
It is safe to say that Terrell, along with long-time Playhouse producer Mike Ellis, gained more fame for the New Hope-Lambertville area than any other persons.-Charles Shaw, New Hope Gazette, December 4, 1986
St. John ,"Sinjun", Terrell, "contracted incurable theater-itis" early on. He was the first Jack Armstrong on the radio series, Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy. He worked as a fire-eater in a carnival when he was 16 years old. Later in life, his daring feats continued, when as a producer, he launched two prominent professional summer theaters in this region. In 1939, he produced the Bucks County Playhouse's first season. He opened with a hit, Springtime for Henry starring Edward Everett Horton, followed through with a successful season, and closed with a profit. In 1949, he created and produced the country's first commercial arena-type theater under a tent, the Lambertville Music Circus, which he ran until 1970. He originated the re-enactment of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware in 1953 and for 25 years on Christmas day he played the role of George Washington. He was an actor on Broadway in the 1930s, appearing in Elmer Rice's Judgement Day and Maxwell Anderson's Winterset. He has regularly appeared in television commercials throughout the years. He nurtures his interest in United States folk culture as a member of the Board of Directors of the Folk Culture Center of the Library of Congress.