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James Dunn (I) (1901–1967)

James Dunn worked on the stage, in vaudeville and as an extra in silent movies before he was signed by Fox in 1931. His first movie with Fox was 1931's Sob Sister (1931). While at Fox, he appeared with Shirley Temple in her first three features: Baby, Take a Bow (1934), Stand Up and Cheer! (1934) and Bright Eyes (1934). Dunn's screen character was... See full bio »

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It's a Great Life
It's a Great Life Earl Morgan / Earl
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes Loop Merritt
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Bad Girl Eddie Collins


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 1968 Shadow Over Elveron (TV Movie)
Luke Travers
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
- The Death of a Warrior Brief (1967) ... Milo
 1966 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Joey Crato
- The Canary Who Lost His Voice (1966) ... Joey Crato
 1966 The Oscar
Network Executive
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Sam Manning
- The First Kill (1965) ... Sam Manning
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Samuel Walton
 1964 The Virginian (TV Series)
Congressman Matthew J. Cosgrove
- A Man of the People (1964) ... Congressman Matthew J. Cosgrove
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Russ Landers
- A Slow Fade to Black (1964) ... Russ Landers
 1964 The Movie Maker (TV Movie)
 1962-1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Eric Bender / Stanley Schultz
- Saturday, Surgery, and Stanley Schultz (1962) ... Stanley Schultz
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Lou Bragan
- Decision in the Ring (1963) ... Lou Bragan
 1963 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Indian Agent McLean
- The Massacre at Wounded Knee (1963) ... Indian Agent McLean
- The Death of Sitting Bull (1963) ... Indian Agent McLean
 1963 Swingin' Together (TV Movie)
P.J. Cunningham
 1963 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
P.J. Cunningham
- Swingin' Together (1963) ... P.J. Cunningham
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Honus Shamroy
- Keep an Eye on Santa Claus (1962) ... Honus Shamroy
 1961-1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Van Carter / Mexia
- Across Walnuts and Wine (1962) ... Van Carter
- A Bridge Across Five Days (1961) ... Mexia
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Tippy the Clown
- Run, Clown, Run (1962) ... Tippy the Clown
 1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Danny Lynch
- The Auld Sod (1962) ... Danny Lynch
 1961 The Investigators (TV Series)
Chief Reynolds
- The Mind's Own Fire (1961) ... Chief Reynolds
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Peter Wilkin
- Sweet Prince of Delancey Street (1961) ... Peter Wilkin
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Jethrow Burke
- The Arsonist (1961) ... Jethrow Burke
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Melvin Cooper / Jackson
- The Ninth Day (1957) ... Jackson
 1960 The Bramble Bush
Stew Schaeffer
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Dr. Soloman Flood
- Incident at Red River Station (1960) ... Dr. Soloman Flood
 1958-1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
J. Henry Newman
- The Griswold Murder (1959) ... J. Henry Newman
- Elfego Baca, Attorney at Law (1959) ... J. Henry Newman
- Law and Order, Incorporated (1958) ... J. Henry Newman
- Elfago Baca: Lawman or Gunman (1958) ... J. Henry Newman
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Gabe Henshaw
- Call Your Shot (1959) ... Gabe Henshaw
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Clyde Winslow
- The Rex Montana Story (1958) ... Clyde Winslow
 1957 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Curley / McPugg's Manager
- The Third Wish (1957) ... Curley
- Cauliflower Wrestler (1957) ... McPugg's Manager
 1956-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Warren / Eldon Abernathy
- Keep Me in Mind (1957) ... Warren
- The Secret of River Lane (1956) ... Eldon Abernathy
 1957 Mr. Broadway (TV Movie)
Jerry Cohan
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Jerry Cohan
- Mr. Broadway (1957) ... Jerry Cohan
 1955-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Hemlock Cup (1957)
 1954-1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Earl Morgan / Earl
- The Housekeeper (1956) ... Earl Morgan
- Passport for Amy (1956) ... Earl Morgan
- The Charity Drive (1956) ... Earl Morgan
- Old Soldiers Never Die (1956) ... Earl Morgan
- Operation for Earl (1956) ... Earl Morgan
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Sheriff Allan Garrett
- Cry Justice (1956) ... Sheriff Allan Garrett
 1952-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dan McLain
- Nothing to Do Till Next Fall (1955) ... Dan McLain
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- A Nice Price (1955) ... Dan
 1953-1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Frank Gabriel
- A Picture in the Paper (1955) ... Frank Gabriel
- The Show Piece (1953)
 1954-1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Joe's Boy (1955)
- My Little Girl (1954)
 1954 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Judy and Me (1954)
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Desert Crossing (1954)
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
- One Night Stand (1953)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Tango (1953) ... Joey
 1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Josie (1952)
- Somebody I Know (1952)
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
William O. Dapping
- The Big Break (1951) ... William O. Dapping
- Broken Dishes (1951)
 1950 A Wonderful Life (Short)
Henry Wood
 1947 Killer McCoy
Brian McCoy
 1945 The Caribbean Mystery
Mr. Smith
 1944 Leave It to the Irish
Terry Moran
 1943 Government Girl
Sergeant Joe Blake
 1943 The Ghost and the Guest
Webster Frye
 1940 Son of the Navy
Chief Gunners Mate Mike Malone
 1939 Pride of the Navy
Speed Brennan
 1938 Shadows Over Shanghai
Johnny McGinty
 1937 Venus Makes Trouble
Buzz Martin
 1937 We Have Our Moments
John Wade
 1936 Mysterious Crossing
Addison Francis Murphy
 1936 Two-Fisted Gentleman
 1936 Don't Get Personal
Bob McDonald
 1935 Welcome Home
Richard Foster
 1935 The Daring Young Man
Don McLane
 1934 Have a Heart
James 'Jimmie' Flaherty
 1934 Change of Heart
Mack McGowan
 1934 Hold That Girl
Barney Sullivan
 1933 Take a Chance
Duke Stanley
 1933 Jimmy and Sally
Jimmy O'Connor
 1933 Arizona to Broadway
Smiley Wells
 1933 Hold Me Tight
 1933 The Girl in 419
Dr. Daniel French
 1932 Handle with Care
Bill Gordon
 1932 Society Girl
Johnny Malone
 1932 Dance Team
Jimmy Mulligan
 1931 Sob Sister
Garry Webster
 1930 Tom Thumbs Down (Short) (as Jimmy Dunn)
 1930 The Varsity Show (Short) (as Jimmy Dunn)
 1930 Barefoot Days (Short) (as Jimmy Dunn)
 1930 Believe It or Not #3 (Short)
Reporter (uncredited)
 1930 The Song Plugger (Short)
Man in Record Shop (uncredited)
 1929 In the Nick of Time (Short) (as Jimmy Dunn)
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Stage Play: Panama Hattie. Musical comedy. Music by Cole Porter. Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Herbert Fields and Buddy G. DeSylva. Orchestral arrangements by Russell Bennett, Hans Spialek and Don Walker. Vocal arrangements by Lyn Murray. Choreographed by Robert Alton. Scenic Design by Raoul Pene Du Bois. Directed by Edgar J. MacGregor. ... See more »

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[on hearing his name announced at the Academy Awards]I trampled several people and bumped Ann Revere's head getting to the aisle, and all I could say was "Gee, not me!". I walked backstage into a corner and started to cry. See more »


Following a traditional funeral service, his remains were cremated and the ashes were scattered at sea. See more »


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