James Flavin

The Irish cop is a stereotypical character who appears in numerous films in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. James Flavin is one of the reasons this character became ingrained in the public's consciousness. Flavin appeared in ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1906 in Portland, Maine, USA


Actor (142)

Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


The Barefoot Executive 1969 (Movie)

Father O'Leary (Actor)

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)


Good Times 1967 (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

Clarence Duntz (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Sergeant of the Guard (Actor)

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 - 1958 (TV Show)


The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Police Captain (Actor)

Night Passage 1957 (Movie)

Tim Eiley (Actor)

The Restless Breed 1957 (Movie)

Secret Service Chief (Actor)

Top Secret Affair 1957 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Wild Is the Wind 1957 (Movie)

Wool Buyer (Actor)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

Military Policeman (Actor)

The Naked Street 1955 (Movie)

Attorney Flanders (Actor)

Topper 1953 - 1955 (Tv Show)


Apache Ambush 1954 (Movie)


Ma and Pa Kettle at Home 1954 (Movie)

Motorcycle Cop (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars 1953 (Movie)

Policeman in Bank (Actor)

Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 (Movie)


The Velvet Touch 1948 (Movie)

Sergeant Oliphant (Actor)

Nightmare Alley 1947 (Movie)


The Big Sleep 1946 (Movie)

Captain Cronjager (Actor)

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

Detective #1 (Actor)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)


Conflict 1945 (Movie)

Detective Lieutenant Workman (Actor)

Laura 1944 (Movie)

Det. McEveety (Actor)

Ten Gentlemen From West Point 1941 (Movie)

Capt. Luddy (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1940 (Movie)


Secrets of Chinatown 1934 (Movie)


King Kong 1933 (Movie)


Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (Movie)

Inspector Wellman (Actor)

Affectionately Yours (Movie)

Tomassetti (Actor)

Air Force (Movie)

Maj. A.M. Bagley (Actor)

Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

Bellamy (Actor)

Angel's Holiday (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Baby, Take a Bow (Movie)

Flannigan (Actor)

Belle Starr (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Blondie Hits the Jackpot (Movie)

Brophy (Actor)

Brand of Hate (Movie)

Holt Orkin (Actor)

Broadway (Movie)

Doorman (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1940 (Movie)

Ballroom Worker (Actor)

Castle on the Hudson (Movie)

Guard on Death Row (Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Race Track (Movie)

Police Detective (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Honolulu (Movie)

Police Dispatcher (Actor)

Charlie Chan on Broadway (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Come Fill the Cup (Movie)

Homicide Captain (Actor)

Corvette K-225 (Movie)

Gardner (Actor)

Courage of Lassie (Movie)

Lt. Arnold (Actor)

Desert Fury (Movie)

Pat Johnson (Actor)

Dishonored Lady (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Don Juan Quilligan (Movie)

Police Sergeant (Actor)

Each Dawn I Die (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Easy to Wed (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Fingers at the Window (Movie)

Lieutenant Schaeffer (Actor)

Follow the Sun (Movie)

Henry Gibbs (Actor)

Four Jills in a Jeep (Movie)

M.P. (Actor)

Fury at Furnace Creek (Movie)

Judge Advocate (Actor)

G-Men (Movie)

Agent (Actor)

Gentleman Jim (Movie)

George Corbett (Actor)

Girls Can Play (Movie)

Bill O'Malley (Actor)

Give Us Wings (Movie)

White (Actor)

Here Come the Waves (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Hold That Blonde (Movie)

Laundry truck driver (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Marine Sergeant (Actor)

I Am the Law (Movie)

Witness (Actor)

I Wake Up Screaming (Movie)


Iceland (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Irish Luck (Movie)

Fluger (Actor)

Johnny Angel (Movie)

Mate (Actor)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Kathleen (Movie)

Moving Man (Actor)

Key to the City (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Kid Glove Killer (Movie)


Let's Get Married (Movie)

Dolan (Actor)

Life Begins for Andy Hardy (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Live, Love and Learn (Movie)

Matine (Actor)

Masquerade in Mexico (Movie)

FBI agent (Actor)

McKenna of the Mounted (Movie)


Mickey, the Kid (Movie)


Mighty Joe Young (Movie)

Schultz (Actor)

Mr. Winkle Goes to War (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Mr. Wong in Chinatown (Movie)

Sgt. Jerry (Actor)

Mr. and Mrs. North (Movie)


My Dream Is Yours (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

My Pal Gus (Movie)

Bailiff (Actor)

Nobody Lives Forever (Movie)

Shake Thomas (Actor)

Nora Prentiss (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

Mountie (Actor)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)


One Touch of Venus (Movie)

Kerrigan (Actor)

Over 21 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Pot O' Gold (Movie)

Bud Connolly (Actor)

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

Capt. O'Brien (Actor)

Queen of the Mob (Movie)

FBI Chief (Actor)

Remember Last Night (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Ride 'Em Cowboy (Movie)

Railroad Detective (Actor)

Riding High (Movie)

Train Conductor (Actor)

Riot Squad (Movie)

Mac McCue (Actor)

Rose of Washington Square (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Sailor Beware (Movie)

Petty Officer (Actor)

Sailor's Lady (Movie)

Motorcycle Cop (Actor)

Sentimental Journey (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Shadow of the Thin Man (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Shipmates Forever (Movie)

Instructor (Actor)

Skylark (Movie)

Subway guard (Actor)

Song of the Thin Man (Movie)

Reartion the Cop (Actor)

South Sea Sinner (Movie)

Andrews (Actor)

South of Pago Pago (Movie)

Cafe Customer (Actor)

Straight from the Heart (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Sweethearts (Movie)

Theater Doorman (Actor)

Swing Shift Maisie (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Tell No Tales (Movie)

Simmons (Actor)

The Cisco Kid and the Lady (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

The Duke of West Point (Movie)

Plebe Hockey Coach (Actor)

The Fabulous Dorseys (Movie)

Gorman (Actor)

The Fighting 69th (Movie)

Supply sergeant (Actor)

The Great Profile (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The Housekeeper's Daughter (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The League of Frightened Men (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Littlest Rebel (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Movie)

Pete the guard (Actor)

The Man on the Flying Trapeze (Movie)

Henry, the Chauffeur (Actor)

The Missing Lady (Movie)

Inspector Cardona (Actor)

The Noose Hangs High (Movie)

Traffic Cop (Actor)

The Shanghai Cobra (Movie)

Jarvis (Actor)

The Shopworn Angel (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)


This is My Affair (Movie)


Tin Pan Alley (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

To the Shores of Tripoli (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

Together Again (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Too Hot to Handle (Movie)

Young Reporter (Actor)

Tough As They Come (Movie)

Process Server (Actor)

Two Years Before the Mast (Movie)

Crimp with Amazeen (Actor)

Uncertain Glory (Movie)

Captain, Mobile Guard (Actor)

Up in Smoke (TV Show)


Western Union (Movie)


When Willie Comes Marching Home (Movie)

Gen. Brevort (Actor)

Wives under Suspicion (Movie)

Jenks (Actor)

Young Widow (Movie)

Conductor (Actor)

Ziegfeld Girl (Movie)

Trucker (Actor)


The Irish cop is a stereotypical character who appears in numerous films in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. James Flavin is one of the reasons this character became ingrained in the public's consciousness. Flavin appeared in more than 400 films in a career that stretched over half a century, frequently playing policemen or other authority figures, often in uncredited roles. In reality only a quarter Irish, Flavin was a former West Point student who fell into acting in 1929 while living in Portland, Maine. Flavin tried to break into the New York Theater but had more success when he ventured west to work in the film industry. He landed the lead in the now-lost '32 serial "The Airmail Mystery," but it was to be his only leading role. Instead, Flavin was ubiquitous in tiny roles, including small parts in the '33 version of "King Kong" (playing a ship's mate) and John Ford's classic "The Grapes of Wrath" (playing a guard). Television was also kind to Flavin; he made over 100 appearances between the mid-'50s and the mid-'70s. His final role was one of his more prestigious: playing President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the '76 TV docudrama "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident." Flavin died in '76, a few weeks before his wife Lucille Brown, who had been his leading lady in his first film, 54 years earlier.


Lucille Browne



United States Military Academy

West Point, New York



First role on Broadway in "The Front Page"