James Dunn

Actor, Salesman
An agreeable juvenile lead who managed to shift into a convincing career in character parts, James Dunn was born in Harlem and started his professional life selling lunch wagons to vendors in New Rochelle, New York ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1901 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Cucumber 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moyers: God and Politics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black and the Green 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Network Executive (Actor)

Adventures of a Young Man 1962 (Movie)

Telegrapher (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bramble Bush 1960 (Movie)

Stew Schaeffer (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

Johnny Nolan (Actor)

Bad Girl 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baby, Take a Bow (Movie)

Eddie Ellison (Actor)

Bad Boy (Movie)

Eddie Nolan (Actor)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

Loop Merritt (Actor)

George White's Scandals (Movie)

Eddie Taylor (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

Sergeant Joe (Actor)

Hold That Woman (Movie)

Jimmy Parker (Actor)

Killer McCoy (Movie)

Brian McCoy (Actor)

Mercy Plane (Movie)

Speed Leslie (Actor)

Shadow Over Elveron (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows over Shanghai (Movie)

Johnny McGinty (Actor)

Sob Sister (Movie)

Garry Webster (Actor)

Society Girl (Movie)

Johnny Malone (Actor)

Son of the Navy (Movie)

Malone (Actor)

Stand up and Cheer (Movie)

Dugan (Actor)

Take a Chance (Movie)

Duke Stanley (Actor)

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Ghost and the Guest (Movie)

Webster Frye (Actor)

The Girl in 419 (Movie)

Dr. Dan French (Actor)

The Golden Gloves Story (Movie)

Joe Riley (Actor)

The Living Ghost (Movie)

Nick Trayne (Actor)

The Pay Off (Movie)

Joe McCoy (Actor)

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Venus Makes Trouble (Movie)

Buzz Martin (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

The Tom Green Cancer Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Alcatraz Is Not An Island 1999 (Movie)

camera work (Camera)

Alcatraz Is Not An Island 1999 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Executive (1)

Alcatraz Is Not An Island 1999 (Movie)

archival film transfer supervisor (Supervisor)
Other (2)

Rich Dad, Poor Dad With Robert Kiyosaki 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Other

For Their Own Good (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Biography

An agreeable juvenile lead who managed to shift into a convincing career in character parts, James Dunn was born in Harlem and started his professional life selling lunch wagons to vendors in New Rochelle, New York. Overtaken by the acting bug, he began getting bit parts at Paramount's Astoria studios in the late 1920s. In 1930 he appeared in two Broadway shows, "The Nightstick" and Helen Morgan's "Sweet Adeline". Signed by Fox in 1931, he made 22 films for them (and several loan-outs) in five years. His first, the melodrama "Bad Girl", shot him to overnight fame and assured the continuance of his Fox contract (if not superstardom). Most of his films there were pleasant, forgettable programmers, and his co-stars included everyone on the Fox lot: Sally Eilers (six films, including his first), Peggy Shannon and Spencer Tracy ("Society Girl", 1932), Ginger Rogers and Janet Gaynor ("Change of Heart", 1934), Alice Faye ("365 Nights in Hollywood", 1934, and "George White's 1935 Scandals"). He is best-remembered in his early days for four 1934 co-starring roles with a very young Shirley Temple, notably in "Baby Take a Bow" and the delightful "Stand Up and Cheer".

Relationships

Frances Gifford

Wife
divorced

Edna O'Lier

Wife
divorced

Edna Rush

Wife
survived him

William Tick

Step-Son
son of widow, survived him

Milestones

1966

Made last film, "The Oscar"

1951

Filed for bankruptcy

1940

Returned to Broadway in "Panama Hattie"

1931

Made film debut in Fox's "Bad Girl"

1930

Broadway acting debut

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