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Larry Parks

Biography

Acclaimed actor who was simply blacklisted by Hollywood studios following admitting to presenting been section of a Communist party cell. He produced his last appearance within the 1962 film, Freud the trick Passion. He analyzed pre-med in the University or college of Illinois. He was nominated for the Academy Honor for Best Acting professional for his overall performance within the 1946 film, The Jolson Tale. He wedded Betty Garrett in 1944 and experienced two kids with her. He defeat out Wayne Cagney, a very much bigger name at that time, for the part of Al Jolson within the Jolson Tale.

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Full Name Larry Parks
Date Of Birth December 13, 1914
Died April 13, 1975, Studio City, California, United States
Place Of Birth Olathe, KS
Profession Movie Actor
Education Joliet Central High School, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Nationality American
Spouse Betty Garrett
Children Andrew Parks, Garrett Parks
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor
Movies The Jolson Story, Jolson Sings Again, Love Is Better Than Ever, Down to Earth, Freud: The Secret Passion, The Swordsman, The Gallant Blade, Emergency Wedding, The Deerslayer, Reveille with Beverly, The Boogie Man Will Get You, The Black Parachute, Counter-Attack, Hey, Rookie, Canal Zone, Blondie Goes to College, Tiger by the Tail, Harvard, Here I Come, Submarine Raider, Power of the Press, Honolulu Lu, Renegades, Hello, Annapolis, Is Everybody Happy?, The Racket Man, Children of the Hunt, Hatchet County, Hellphone
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Godfather of Jeff Bridges.
2The only actor and movie name among the original 19 people accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee of being Communists.
3After his film career was destroyed, he found intermittent work on stage in such plays as "The Teahouse of the August Moon," "Any Wednesday" and "The Tunnel of Love." He and his wife also worked up nightclub singing/comedy acts along with appearing in legit plays. Although Parks never quite shook off the blacklist incident, he won a role in John Huston's Freud (1962).
4Sons with Betty Garrett: composer Garrett Parks and actor Andrew Parks.
5His movie career ended in 1951 when he was the first actor to admit that he had belonged to a Communist cell from 1941 to 1945 and was subsequently blacklisted.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freud1962Dr. Joseph Breuer
Dr. Kildare1962TV SeriesDr. Steven Waller
The Untouchables1961TV SeriesGeorge 'Blackie' Dallas
Suspicion1958TV SeriesDr. Milt Krop
The Ford Television Theatre1954-1957TV SeriesJeff Penland / Hal Venner / Michael Craig / ...
Cross-Up1955John Desmond
Love Is Better Than Ever1952Jud Parker
Emergency Wedding1950Peter Judson Kirk Jr.
Jolson Sings Again1949Al Jolson / Larry Parks
The Gallant Blade1948Lt. David Picard
The Swordsman1948Alexander MacArden - aka Donald Frazer
Down to Earth1947Danny Miller
The Jolson Story1946Al Jolson
Renegades1946Ben Dembrow / Ben Taylor
Counter-Attack1945Kirichenko
She's a Sweetheart1944Rocky Hill
Sergeant Mike1944Pvt. Tom Allen
Stars on Parade1944Danny Davis
The Black Parachute1944Michael Lindley
Jam Session1944Superba Pictures Actor (uncredited)
Hey, Rookie1944Jim Leighter
The Racket Man1944Larry Lake
The Deerslayer1943Jingo-Good
Is Everybody Happy?1943Jerry Stewart
Destroyer1943Ens. Johnson (uncredited)
First Comes Courage1943Capt. Langdon (uncredited)
Redhead from Manhattan1943Flirt (uncredited)
Reveille with Beverly1943Eddie Ross
Power of the Press1943Jerry Purvis (uncredited)
You Were Never Lovelier1942Tony - Lita's Boyfriend (uncredited)
The Boogie Man Will Get You1942Bill Layden
A Man's World1942Chick O'Driscoll
Atlantic Convoy1942Gregory
Flight Lieutenant1942Cadet Sandy Roth (uncredited)
They All Kissed the Bride1942Joe Krim (uncredited)
Submarine Raider1942Sparksie
Hello, Annapolis1942Paul Herbert
Alias Boston Blackie1942Joe Trilby
North of the Rockies1942Jim Bailey
Canal Zone1942Recruit Kincaid
Blondie Goes to College1942Rusty Bryant
Harvard, Here I Come!1941Eddie Spellman
Honolulu Lu1941Sailor (uncredited)
Sing for Your Supper1941Mickey (uncredited)
Three Girls About Town1941Reporter (uncredited)
You Belong to Me1941Blemish (uncredited)
Harmon of Michigan1941Harvey
Mystery Ship1941Tommy Baker

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy2004writer: "Bread & Butter"
Simon Birch1998writer: "Bread and Butter"
Tohuwabohu1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
9½ Weeks1986writer: "Bread and Butter"
Shindig!1964-1965TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Coronation Street1964TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jolson Sings Again1949performer: "Carolina in the Morning", "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody", "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?", "For Me and My Gal", "Back in Your Own Backyard", "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover", "When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "Chinatown, My Chinatown", "I'm Just Wild About Harry", "Baby Face", "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goo' Bye!", "California, Here I Come", "You Made Me Love You I Didn't Want to Do
Down to Earth1947performer: "This Can't Be Legal", "They Can't Convince Me"
The Jolson Story1946performer: "Ma Blushin' Rosie", "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad", "My Mammy", "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", "You Made Me Love You I Didn't Want to Do It", "Swanee", "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life", "April Showers", "California, Here I Come", "Liza All the Clouds'll Roll Away", "About a Quarter to Nine", "The Anniversary Song", "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited
Hey, Rookie1944performer: "You're Good for My Morale"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV Series
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1957TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1957TV SeriesHimself
Her Husband's Affairs1947Himself / Cameo Appearance (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Tribute to Rudy Wissler2007ShortAl Jolson
Trumbo2007DocumentaryHimself
The Lady with the Torch1999DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood on Trial1976DocumentaryHimself
The Soundman1950Documentary shortAl Jolson (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Photoplay Gold Medal Awards1948ShortHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1947OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Jolson Story (1946)


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#Quote
1[on the changes in racial representation in the movies since the forties]'The Jolson Story' was made innocently enough, without any desire to offend. I think if you start suppressing old films for reasons like this, you're cutting off your own past. I thought Bill Cosby's special on the TV was wonderful, the one tracing the rise and fall of Negro stereotypes in movies. I think that sort of approach to Hollywood's past is the wise one, instead of trying to ignore it or forget it.
2[on 'the Jolson Story'] In the beginning Jolson wanted to play himself. Well, that's understandable, but he was too old. He was sixty-eight. So then he wanted James Cagney for the role, but he had just finished playing George M. Cohan. Jolson was never too happy with me. And I had another problem. All of Jolson's movies were for Warner Brothers and we were making 'The Jolson Story' at Columbia. So Harry Cohn, the studio boss, asked Jack Warner if we could borrow the Jolson films so I could study them. And Warner, in a heartwarming display of reciprocity, said no. So I had to do Jolson without seeing him.
3I remember the one time Jolson visited the set, I was doing a number. And he said, kid, you're moving around too much. So he did the song. And he did everything except bang from the rafters. He had pre-recorded all the songs before the script was ready, and sang every one as if he were going to drop dead at the end of it. Well, that was Jolson. He always sang like that, which was why people loved him. But it was difficult from an actor's point-of-view. In one scene I was supposed to be singing as loudly as I could one second and then collapse in the middle of the song. How do you taper off at the top of your lungs?
4[to the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1951] I would prefer, if you would allow me, not to mention other people's names. Don't present me with the choice of either being in contempt of this Committee and going to jail or forcing me to really crawl through the mud to be an informer.


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