Jean Muir

Actor, Teacher
Jean Muir's acting talents were showcased on the big screen many times throughout the course of his Hollywood career. In 1930, he began her career as an understudy with an English company performing "Bird In the Hand" ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1911 in Suffern, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

The Aldrich Family 1949 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1934 (Movie)

Helena (Actor)

As the Earth Turns (Movie)

Jen Shaw (Actor)

Bedside (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Draegerman Courage (Movie)

Ellen Haslett (Actor)

Fugitive in the Sky (Movie)

Rita Moore (Actor)

Oil for the Lamps of China (Movie)

Alice Wellman (Actor)

The Constant Nymph (Movie)

Kate Sanger (Actor)

The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (Movie)

Joan Bradley (Actor)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

Helen Colby (Actor)

The White Cockatoo (Movie)

Sue Talley (Actor)

The World Changes (Movie)

Selma II (Actor)

Biography

Jean Muir's acting talents were showcased on the big screen many times throughout the course of his Hollywood career. In 1930, he began her career as an understudy with an English company performing "Bird In the Hand" on Broadway. He had success as one of the stars in the Broadway play "Saint Wench." In 1937, he left Hollywood and moved to London. In 1933, he moved to Hollywood after being signed to a studio contract by a Warner Bros scout that spotted her in "Saint Wench"; changed name to Jean Muir. He appeared in J B Priestley's "People at Sea" and British film "Jane Steps Out." He appeared in over 2 dozen B movies. In 1937, he had a role in "White Bondage" and "Dance Charlie Dance." Muir began his acting career appearing in various films, such as the drama "The World Changes" (1933) with Paul Muni, "A Modern Hero" (1934) and "As the Earth Turns" (1934). He also appeared in "Bedside" (1934) and "Dr. Monica" (1934). He continued to act in productions like the comedic fantasy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935) with Ian Hunter, the Pat O'Brien drama "Oil For the Lamps of China" (1935) and "The White Cockatoo" (1935). He also appeared in "Draegerman Courage" (1936) and "Fugitive in the Sky" (1936). Nearing the end of his career, he tackled roles in "White Fang" (1936), the Warren William mystery "The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady" (1940) and the Charles Boyer adaptation "The Constant Nymph" (1943). Muir more recently worked on the Jeremy Irons dramatic adaptation "Betrayal" (1983). Muir was married to Henry Jaffee and had three children. Muir passed away in July 1996 at the age of 85.

Relationships

Margaret Bauer

Daughter
survived her

Henry Jaffee

Husband
married in 1940

David Jaffee

Son
survived her

Michael Jaffee

Son
survived her

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Milestones

1966

Taught drama at Stephens College in Columbia, MN

1958

Returned to TV appearing on NBC in "Matinee Theater"

1950

Originally cast to play the role of the mother in the "Aldrich Family" TV series; was dismissed by NBC and General Food Corp, the program's sponsor, in response to telegrams and phone calls stating that she was among the 150 show business names listed in

1942

Final film "The Constant Nymph"

1940

Starred in "The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady"

1939

Helped to organize the American Guild of Variety Artists

1937

Left Hollywood and moved to London

1937

Had a role in "White Bondage" and "Dance Charlie Dance"

1935

Starred in "Stars Over Broadway," and played the role of Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1934

Appeared in "As the Earth Turns"

1933

Moved to Hollywood after being signed to a studio contract by a Warner Bros scout that spotted her in "Saint Wench"; changed name to Jean Muir

1930

Began her career as an understudy with an English company performing "Bird In the Hand" on Broadway

She returned to New York where she toured with the the Group Theater production of "Golden Boy"

Had success as one of the stars in the Broadway play "Saint Wench"

Her career bounced back in the early 60s to allow her to appear on Broadway and on TV

Appeared in over 2 dozen B movies

Appeared in J B Priestley's "People at Sea" and British film "Jane Steps Out"

Bonus Trivia

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On February 9, 1960 she received a star on the Walk of Fame

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