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James Dunn

Biography

Actor who have appeared in the formulation 1932 film, Culture Girl as well as the 1933 film, Hi there, Sister! His efficiency in the 1945 film, A Tree Expands in Brooklyn, brought him an Academy Prize. He caused his father being a Wall structure Road stockbroker for 3 years before seeking a profession in performing. Fox studios agreed upon him in 1931, and he produced 22 movies with them. He was wedded to Edna Hurry from 1945 to 1967 after divorcing Frances Gifford in 1942. He impressed movie director Frank Borzage along with his debut efficiency in Girl.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth October 11, 1985
Place Of Birth California
Profession Rapper
Education University of Glasgow, University of Cambridge
Nationality American
Spouse Edna Rush, Frances Gifford
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Movies A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Bright Eyes, Stand Up and Cheer!, Bad Girl, Change of Heart, The Living Ghost, Killer McCoy, Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven, Sailor's Luck, Hello, Sister!, The Ghost and the Guest, Hold That Woman!, The Payoff, Sob Sister, George White's 1935 Scandals, The Bramble Bush, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man, Shadows Over Shanghai, 365 Nights in Hollywood, Son of the Navy, Hearts in Bondage, Living on Love, That Brennan Girl, The Golden Gloves Story, The Girl in 419, Government Girl, Over the Hill, Take a Chance, We Have Our Moments, Arizona to Broadway, The Daring Young Man, The Caribbean Mystery, Dance Team, Jimmy and Sally, Don't Get Personal, Mysterious Crossing, Hold That Girl, Have a Heart, Leave It to the Irish, Pride of the Navy, Hold Me Tight, Two-Fisted Gentleman, Come Closer, Folks, Mercy Plane, Welcome Home, The Oscar, Shadow Over Elveron, Bad Boy, The Ghost Walks, Poor Little Rich Girl, Six-Gun Law
TV Shows It's a Great Life
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1On Christmas in 1935, Dunn fulfilled Shirley Temple's wish that Santa Claus visit her house by airplane, delivering presents to her via parachute.
2Despite his personal problems, Dunn was well liked by co-workers and others who knew him well. He was invariably described as having a very friendly, modest and good natured personality. Elia Kazan remarked "..he was an awfully sweet, nice man...When I met him I said 'this is it, this is Johnny Nolan, himself'.".
3Although he was very grateful for having won the Oscar, he later believed it to be a jinx, stating that after his wife, Edna had removed it from the mantel and hid it, his employment opportunities began to pick up.
4Following a traditional funeral service, his remains were cremated and the ashes were scattered at sea.
5In 1936, Dunn participated in the Ruth Chatterton Air Derby; the course of the race spanned from Cleveland to Los Angeles.
6Dunn's mother, Jessie, took control of his finances throughout most of his early career, saving his money and investing it in real estate, stocks and bonds. She turned most of his assets over to him when he married Frances Gifford. However, as an extra security measure, she had established a trust fund for him which he would not be able to access until he turned 50. At that time, he would be eligible to receive a substantial monthly income, for the remainder of his life.
7In 1951, Dunn filed for bankruptcy, which was in part due to the fact that he had invested a large amount of money in a Broadway show that flopped.
8In 1937, Dunn, an avid and accomplished pilot who owned his own plane, helped federal agents by flying them and their prisoner to New Orleans. He returned to Los Angeles before the studio executives knew he had even gone.
9In 1933, he was engaged to actress Lona Andre. She cancelled the wedding at the last minute, fearing marriage would hurt her career.
10During the filming of Hold Me Tight, he offered to take the place of an extra, who had suddenly become ill, thereby assuring the man would receive his day's wages of $7.50.
11He suffered a multiple rib separation injury when caught off guard during a fight scene, during the filming of Society Girl.
12After leaving his father's brokerage firm, Dunn worked as a lunch wagon salesman. He earned $10,000.00 within three months, but lost it all in the stock market within four weeks.
13Stepson named William Pick from marriage to Edna Rush.
14Appeared on a postage stamp (with Anne Revere) commemorating winners of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
15Son of a stockbroker.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Society Girl1932Johnny Malone
Dance Team1932Jimmy Mulligan
Over the Hill1931Johnny Shelby as an Adult
Sob Sister1931Garry Webster
Bad Girl1931Eddie Collins
Barefoot Days1930Short
Tom Thumbs Down1930Short as Jimmy Dunn
The Varsity Show1930Short as Jimmy Dunn
Believe It or Not #31930ShortReporter (uncredited)
The Song Plugger1930ShortMan in Record Shop (uncredited)
In the Nick of Time1929Short as Jimmy Dunn
Shadow Over Elveron1968TV MovieLuke Travers
Dundee and the Culhane1967TV SeriesMilo
T.H.E. Cat1966TV SeriesJoey Crato
The Oscar1966Network Executive
Branded1965TV SeriesSam Manning
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesSamuel Walton
The Virginian1964TV SeriesCongressman Matthew J. Cosgrove
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesRuss Landers
The Movie Maker1964TV MovieLanders
Ben Casey1962-1963TV SeriesEric Bender / Stanley Schultz
The Fugitive1963TV SeriesLou Bragan
The Great Adventure1963TV SeriesIndian Agent McLean
Swingin' Together1963TV MovieP.J. Cunningham
Vacation Playhouse1963TV SeriesP.J. Cunningham
Going My Way1962TV SeriesHonus Shamroy
Route 661961-1962TV SeriesVan Carter / Mexia
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man1962Telegrapher
Follow the Sun1962TV SeriesTippy the Clown
Bonanza1962TV SeriesDanny Lynch
The Investigators1961TV SeriesChief Reynolds
Naked City1961TV SeriesPeter Wilkin
Stagecoach West1961TV SeriesJethrow Burke
Playhouse 901957-1960TV SeriesMelvin Cooper / Jackson
The Bramble Bush1960Stew Schaeffer
Rawhide1960TV SeriesDr. Soloman Flood
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1958-1959TV SeriesJ. Henry Newman
Wanted: Dead or Alive1959TV SeriesGabe Henshaw
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesClyde Winslow
The Red Skelton Hour1957TV SeriesCurley / McPugg's Manager
Climax!1956-1957TV SeriesWarren / Eldon Abernathy
Mr. Broadway1957TV MovieJerry Cohan
Producers' Showcase1957TV SeriesJerry Cohan
Matinee Theatre1955-1957TV Series
It's a Great Life1954-1956TV SeriesEarl Morgan / Earl
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesSheriff Allan Garrett
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1955TV SeriesDan McLain
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesDan
Studio One in Hollywood1953-1955TV SeriesFrank
Robert Montgomery Presents1954-1955TV Series
Shower of Stars1954TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV Series
General Electric Theater1954TV Series
The Web1954TV Series
The Gulf Playhouse1953TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1953TV SeriesJoey
Goodyear Playhouse1953TV Series
Hollywood Opening Night1952TV Series
Curtain Call1952TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1951TV SeriesWilliam O. Dapping
A Wonderful Life1950ShortHenry Wood
The Golden Gloves Story1950Joe Riley
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1948-1949TV SeriesTommy Malone
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven1948Mike
Killer McCoy1947Brian McCoy
That Brennan Girl1946Denny Reagan
The Caribbean Mystery1945Mr. Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn1945Johnny Nolan
Leave It to the Irish1944Terry Moran
Government Girl1943Sergeant Joe Blake
The Ghost and the Guest1943Webster Frye
The Living Ghost1942Nick Trayne
Hold That Woman!1940Jimmy Parker
Son of the Navy1940Chief Gunners Mate Mike Malone
Mercy Plane1939'Speed' Leslie
Pride of the Navy1939Speed Brennan
Shadows Over Shanghai1938Johnny McGinty
Living on Love1937Gary Martin
Venus Makes Trouble1937Buzz Martin
We Have Our Moments1937John Wade
Mysterious Crossing1936Addison Francis Murphy
Come Closer, Folks1936Jim Keene
Two-Fisted Gentleman1936Mickey
Hearts in Bondage1936Lt. Kenneth Reynolds
Don't Get Personal1936Bob
Bad Boy1935Eddie Nolan
The Payoff1935Joe McCoy
Welcome Home1935Richard Foster
The Daring Young Man1935Don McLane
George White's 1935 Scandals1935Eddie
Bright Eyes1934Loop Merritt
365 Nights in Hollywood1934James 'Jimmy' Dale
Have a Heart1934James 'Jimmie' Flaherty
Baby Take a Bow1934Eddie Ellison
Change of Heart1934Mack McGowan
Stand Up and Cheer!1934Jimmy Dugan
Hold That Girl1934Barney Sullivan
Take a Chance1933Duke Stanley
Jimmy and Sally1933Jimmy O'Connor
Arizona to Broadway1933Smiley Wells
Hold Me Tight1933Chuck
The Girl in 4191933Dr. Daniel French
Hello, Sister!1933Jimmy
Sailor's Luck1933Jimmy Fenimore Harrigan
Handle with Care1932Bill Gordon

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn1945performer: "Molly Malone" 1883, "Bridal Chorus" 1850, "School Days" 1907, "Annie Laurie" 1834 - uncredited
Bad Boy1935performer: "As I Live and Breathe" 1935 - uncredited
The Payoff1935performer: "California, Here I Come" 1924 - uncredited
George White's 1935 Scandals1935"According to the Moonlight" 1935, "It's an Old Southern Custom" 1935, uncredited / performer: "According to the Moonlight" 1935, "It's an Old Southern Custom" 1935, "Hunkadola" 1935 - uncredited
365 Nights in Hollywood1934performer: "My Future Star"
Baby Take a Bow1934performer: "On Account-a I Love You" 1934, "Rock-A-Bye Baby" 1886 - uncredited
Change of Heart1934performer: "My Time Is Your Time" 1924 - uncredited
Stand Up and Cheer!1934performer: "Baby, Take a Bow" 1934 - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
All Star Revue1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Actor
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter1950TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Ken Murray Show1950TV SeriesHimself / Actor
Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga1939ShortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Biggest Little Star of the 30's1976ShortHimself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary
Take It or Leave It1944Himself: Clip from 'Stand Up and Cheer' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6555 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 7010 Hollywood Blvd.
1946OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)


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#Quote
1[commenting on his relationship with Shirley Temple] She's a grand baby, sweet, nice, wholesome, never fresh. I think she's swell and one of the things of which I'm most proud is that Shirley thinks I'm all right too.
2[referring to his overnight success in Bad Girl] It was all just a mistake. I had started at the top and couldn't possibly work my way in any other direction than down.
3[after Shirley Temple told cast members of Bright Eyes she was going to marry him when she grew up]That makes it 100%. Up to now Shirley was the only girl in Hollywood to whom at one time or another I hadn't been reported engaged.
4[on hearing his name announced at the Academy Awards]I trampled several people and bumped Ann Revere's head getting to the aisle, and all I could say was "Gee, not me!". I walked backstage into a corner and started to cry.

#Trademark
1A very engaging smile


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