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Jay C. Flippen (1899–1971)

Jay C. Flippen could probably be characterized these days as one of those distinctive faces you know but whose name escapes you while viewing old 50s and 60s movies and TV. His distinctive bulldog mug, beetle brows, bulky features, and silver-white hair were ideally suited for roles as criminals and rugged adventurers, while his background in ... See full bio »

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 1971 The Seven Minutes
Luther Yerkes
 1971 Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (TV Movie)
Sheriff Ben
 1970 The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Movie)
Pawnbroker (as J.C. Flippen)
 1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Judge Pryor
- The She-Bear (1970) ... Judge Pryor (as J.C. Flippen)
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Zack Witten / Grover
- Chains of Command (1969) ... Zack Witten
 1969 Bracken's World (TV Series)
David Caldwell
- King David (1969) ... David Caldwell (as J.C. Flippen)
 1968-1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Judge Kramer / Judge
- Borderline Girl (1969) ... Judge Kramer
- The Grand Old Man (1968) ... Judge
 1966-1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Judge / Asa Keogh / Pa Colby
- Stopover (1969) ... Judge
- The Barren Ground (1967) ... Asa Keogh
 1968 The Sound of Anger (TV Movie)
Judge Prentiss
 1968 Hellfighters
Jack Lomax
 1968 Firecreek
Mr. Pittman
 1967 That Girl (TV Series)
Sergeant Fitzgerald
 1967 Ironside (TV Series)
Lt. Joe Muldoon (ret.)
- A Very Cool Hot Car (1967) ... Lt. Joe Muldoon (ret.)
 1967 The Spirit Is Willing
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Judge Platt
- Charade of Justice (1967) ... Judge Platt
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series)
Kenny Fahrbush
- Polo, Anyone? (1966) ... Kenny Fahrbush
 1966 Fame Is the Name of the Game (TV Movie)
Dizzy Shaner
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Andrew O'Rourke
- The Imposter (1966) ... Andrew O'Rourke
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Cappy Skidmore
- Alec Tate (1965) ... Cappy Skidmore
 1965 Cat Ballou
Sheriff Cardigan
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
Drunken Soldier - Herod Antipas' Court (uncredited)
 1959-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Bigger Seton / Sergeant Shaler / Marshal Lindstrom
- Josh (1965) ... Bigger Seton
- Incident at Hourglass (1964) ... Sergeant Shaler
- Incident of the Widowed Dove (1959) ... Marshal Lindstrom
 1964 Looking for Love
Mr. Ralph Front
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Hugh Ramsey
- Portrait of an Unknown Man (1964) ... Hugh Ramsey
 1964 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Owney Tupper Had a Daughter (1964) ... Owney
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Lieutenant Grogan / Bill, the Desk Sergeant / Bill, Desk Sergeant
- Who Killed Molly? (1964) ... Lieutenant Grogan
- Who Killed Wade Walker? (1963) ... Bill, the Desk Sergeant
- Who Killed Holly Howard? (1963) ... Bill, Desk Sergeant
 1964 Grindl (TV Series)
Mr. Casey
- Active Retirement (1964) ... Mr. Casey
 1963 Bonanza (TV Series)
Barney Fuller
- The Prime of Life (1963) ... Barney Fuller
 1962-1963 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson / Nelson / C.P.O. Homer Nelson / ...
- Operation: Geisha (1963) ... Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson
- Operation Contest (1963) ... Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson
- Operation: Sabotage (1963) ... Nelson
- Operation: Tubby (1963) ... Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson
- Operation Physical (1963) ... Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Chief Petty Officer
- Last of the Private Eyes (1963) ... Chief Petty Officer
 1962 How the West Was Won
Huggins (uncredited)
 1962 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Happy Spangler
- The Return of Happy Spangler (1962) ... Happy Spangler
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Mike Carmody
- Verdict of 12 (1962) ... Mike Carmody
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Grady Fallon
- The Last of the Big Spenders (1962) ... Grady Fallon
 1959-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Big Joe Holvak / Al Morrisey
- Fall Guy (1962) ... Big Joe Holvak
- You Can't Pick the Number (1959) ... Al Morrisey
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Uncle Hank
- The Thompsons of Thunder Ridge (1961) ... Uncle Hank
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Aaron Sutter
- Not in Our Stars (1961) ... Aaron Sutter
 1960 Route 66 (TV Series)
Nathaniel Hobbs
- Legacy for Lucia (1960) ... Nathaniel Hobbs
 1960 The Plunderers
Sheriff McCauley
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Harry Gans
- The Guilty Men (1960) ... Harry Gans
 1960 Wild River
Hamilton Garth (as J.C. Flippen)
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Gabe Jethro
- Four Came Quietly (1960) ... Gabe Jethro
 1959 The David Niven Show (TV Series)
Sgt. Charley Nelson
- Good Deed (1959) ... Sgt. Charley Nelson
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
- The Best Way to Go (1959) ... Donovan
 1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Pop Griswold
- The Griswold Murder (1959) ... Pop Griswold
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- Happy Hill (1959) ... Marvin
 1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Chute Wilson
- Miracle at Pot Hole (1958) ... Chute Wilson
 1958 From Hell to Texas
Jake Leffertfinger
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Happy Gallant / Lester Carr
- No Time at All (1958) ... Happy Gallant
- Before I Die (1958) ... Lester Carr
 1957 Escape from Red Rock
Sheriff John Costaine
 1957 Jet Pilot
Maj. Gen. Black
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The House (1957) ... Jeb
 1957 Night Passage
Ben Kimball
 1957 The Midnight Story
Sgt. Jack Gillen
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Happy / Ed Bagley / Detective / ...
- Mr. Runyon of Broadway (1957) ... Happy
- The Stalker (1957) ... Ed Bagley
- Faceless Adversary (1956) ... Detective
- Pink Cloud (1955) ... Joe
- The Valiant Men (1955)
 1957 The Restless Breed
Marshal Evans
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Chief Swanson
- Deadline Decision (1957) ... Chief Swanson
 1957 Public Pigeon No. One
Lt. Ross Qualen
 1957 Hot Summer Night
Oren Kobble
 1957 The Halliday Brand
Chad Burris
 1956 The King and Four Queens
Bartender of Rosebud Saloon in Touchstone
 1956 7th Cavalry
Sgt. Bates
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Lavery
- Branded (1955) ... Mr. Lavery
 1955 Kismet
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather
Charles Z. Culloran
 1955 Strategic Air Command
Tom Doyle
 1955 Man Without a Star
Strap Davis
 1955 Six Bridges to Cross
Vincent Concannon
 1954 The Far Country
 1954 Carnival Story
Charley Grayson
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Come On, Red (1954) ... Tom
 1953 The Wild One
Sheriff Stew Singer
 1953 East of Sumatra
 1953 Thunder Bay
Kermit MacDonald
 1952 Woman of the North Country
Axel Nordlund
 1952 Bend of the River
Jeremy Baile
 1952 The Las Vegas Story
Capt. H.A. Harris
 1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker
Dan Chancellor
 1951 The Lady from Texas
Sheriff Mike McShane
 1951 The People Against O'Hara
Sven Norson
 1951 Flying Leathernecks
MSgt. Clancy, Line Chief
 1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
Straight Flush Tony
 1950 Two Flags West
Sgt. Terrance Duey
 1950 Love That Brute
Biff Sage
 1950 The Yellow Cab Man
 1950 Buccaneer's Girl
Jared Hawkins
 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Lippy Brannigan
 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships
Luke Sewell
 1949 A Woman's Secret
Detective Inspector Jim Fowler
 1947 Intrigue
Mike, the bartender (as J.C. Flippen)
 1947 Brute Force
 1938 Salt Shakers (Short)
Master of Ceremonies (as J.C. Flippen)
 1936 That's Pictures (Short)
Colonel Flippen (as J. C. Flippen)
 1936 Flippen's Frolics (Short)
Colonel Flippen - Master of Ceremonies (as J.C.Flippen)
 1934 Marie Galante
Sailor in Bar (uncredited)
 1934 Million Dollar Ransom
Singer (uncredited)
 1932 Rambling 'Round Radio Row #3 (Short)
Master of Ceremonies (as J.C. Flippen)
 1929 The Home Edition (Short) (as J.C. Flippen)
 1928 The Ham What Am (Short)
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Stage Play: Hellzapoppin. Musical revue. Book by Olsen & Johnson. Music by Sammy Fain and Charles Tobias. Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Charles Tobias. Musical Director: Harold Stern. Assistant Musical Director: Edward A. Hunt. Vocal arrangements by Phil Ellis. Featuring songs by Don George, Teddy Hall, Annette Mills, Gonzalo Curiel, Paul Mann ... See more »

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Can be seen in his wheelchair, minus his right leg, in the party scene at Jim Backus' house in the movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) , which was filmed shortly before his death. The great character actor is having a good time in his brief cameo, and obviously is beloved by the other guests. See more »

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