Allen Jenkins

Actor, Stage mechanic
Commonly cast as a dimwitted thug in gangster movies, Allen Jenkins was a popular character actor of the '30s and '40s and part of the so-called "Irish Mafia" of Hollywood actors that included James Cagney, Pat O'Brien ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1900 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (79)

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)


Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding 1966 (Movie)

Joe Bonney (Actor)

The Spy in the Green Hat 1965 (Movie)


Robin and the Seven Hoods 1964 (Movie)

Vermin (Actor)

For Those Who Think Young 1963 (Movie)

Cronin's Business Associate (Actor)

I'd Rather Be Rich 1963 (Movie)


Top Cat 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)


Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Duke 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)


Ball of Fire 1942 (Movie)

Garbage Man (Actor)

Stage Door Canteen 1942 (Movie)


They All Kissed the Bride 1941 (Movie)


Go West, Young Lady 1940 (Movie)


Time Out For Rhythm 1940 (Movie)


Brother Orchid 1939 (Movie)

Willie The Knife (Actor)

Naughty But Nice 1939 (Movie)

Joe Dirk (Actor)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)


Going Places 1938 (Movie)

Droopy (Actor)

Swing Your Lady 1938 (Movie)


Racket Busters 1937 (Movie)

'Skeets' Wilson (Actor)

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)


Dead End 1936 (Movie)


Marked Woman 1936 (Movie)


Cain and Mabel 1935 (Movie)


Broadway Hostess 1934 (Movie)

Fishcake (Actor)

The Mayor of Hell 1933 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

42nd Street 1932 (Movie)

Mac Elory (Actor)

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang 1931 (Movie)

Barney Sykes (Actor)

A Date with the Falcon (Movie)

Goldy (Actor)

A Night at the Ritz (Movie)

Gyp (Actor)

A Slight Case of Murder (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Bedside (Movie)

Sparks (Actor)

Behave Yourself! (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Blessed Event (Movie)

Frankie Wells (Actor)

Blondie Johnson (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Bureau of Missing Persons (Movie)

Joe Musik (Actor)

Case of the Baby Sitter (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Dive Bomber (Movie)

'Lucky Dice' (Actor)

Employees' Entrance (Movie)

Sweeney (Actor)

Ever Since Eve (Movie)

Jack Edgall (Actor)

Eyes in the Night (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Fools for Scandal (Movie)

Dewey Gibson (Actor)

Footsteps in the Dark (Movie)

Wilfred (Actor)

Fun on a Weekend (Movie)

Joe Morgan (Actor)

Getting Away From It All (TV Show)


Gold Diggers in Paris (Movie)

Duke Dennis (Actor)

Happiness Ahead (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Hard to Get (Movie)

Roscoe (Actor)

Hard to Handle (Movie)

Radio Announcer (Actor)

Jimmy the Gent (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Lady on a Train (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Lawyer Man (Movie)

Issy Levine (Actor)

Maisie Gets Her Man (Movie)

Pappy Goodring (Actor)

Professional Sweetheart (Movie)

O'Connor (Actor)

Rackety Rax (Movie)

Mike Dumphy (Actor)

Ready, Willing and Able (Movie)

Jay Van Courtland (Actor)

Sh! The Octopus (Movie)

Dempsey (Actor)

Sweepstakes Winner (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

The Big Shakedown (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

The Big Wheel (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Case of the Lucky Legs (Movie)

Spudsy (Actor)

The Dark Horse (Movie)

Willis Trimble (Actor)

The Falcon Takes Over (Movie)

Goldie Locke (Actor)

The Gay Falcon (Movie)

Goldy (Actor)

The Irish in Us (Movie)

Car-Barn Hammerschlag (Actor)

The Mind Reader (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Perfect Specimen (Movie)

Pinky (Actor)

The Senator Was Indiscreet (Movie)

Farrell (Actor)

The Silk Express (Movie)

Rusty (Actor)

The Singing Kid (Movie)

Joe Eddy (Actor)

The Singing Marine (Movie)

Sgt. Mike (Actor)

The St. Louis Kid (Movie)

Buck Willetts (Actor)

There Goes My Girl (Movie)


Three Men on a Horse (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

Tin Pan Alley (Movie)

Sgt. Casey (Actor)

Tomorrow at Seven (Movie)

Dugan (Actor)

Torchy Plays with Dynamite (Movie)

Lt. Steve McBride (Actor)

Tortilla Flat (Movie)

Portagee Joe (Actor)

Whirlpool (Movie)

Mac (Actor)


Commonly cast as a dimwitted thug in gangster movies, Allen Jenkins was a popular character actor of the '30s and '40s and part of the so-called "Irish Mafia" of Hollywood actors that included James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and Frank McHugh. Jenkins was born to a show business family, and studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts before appearing in numerous Broadway productions throughout the '20s. After replacing Spencer Tracy as the lead in "The Last Mile" he was recruited by Darryl F. Zanuck to work for Paramount Pictures out in Hollywood. For his first film role he recreated his character of Frankie Wells for the 1932 film adaptation of the play "Blessed Event." A series of tough-guy goon roles made Jenkins somewhat of an icon of the '40s, and the image stuck throughout his career. As the style of Hollywood films changed in the '60s and '70s and his steady stream of film roles started to wane, Jenkins went where the work was--television. He often played cops, janitors, or just plain, old blue-collar simpletons on shows like "Adam-12" and "Bewitched." He also voiced the character of Officer Charlie Dibble on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Top Cat." His last role was that of a telegrapher in Billy Wilder's 1974 comedy feature "The Front Page" with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. He died later that same year of lung cancer.


American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York, New York