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Jack Oakie (I) (1903–1978)

"America's Joyboy," beefy, plump-faced comedian Jack Oakie, was one of the funniest top and second banana jokesters of stage, radio and especially film's "Golden Age." He would accomplish so much despite the fact that he was "functionally deaf" throughout his career and performed primarily with the aid of lip reading or vibrations. The stories vary... See full bio »

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The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator Napaloni - Dictator of Bacteria
Lover Come Back
Lover Come Back J. Paxton Miller
It Happened Tomorrow
It Happened Tomorrow Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
The Big Broadcast of 1936


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 1966 Bonanza (TV Series)
Thadeus Cole
- A Christmas Story (1966) ... Thadeus Cole
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Otis Cobb
- Goliath (1966) ... Otis Cobb
 1965 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Joe Kelsey
- Kilroy: Part 4 (1965) ... Joe Kelsey
 1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Uncle Rightly McCoy
- Up to Their Ears in Corn (1963) ... Uncle Rightly McCoy
- Uncle Rightly and the Musical Milker (1963) ... Uncle Rightly McCoy
- Skeleton in the Closet (1963) ... Uncle Rightly McCoy
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Billy Stowe
- Viva Vegas (1962) ... Billy Stowe
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Ham Tucker
- I Remember Murder (1961) ... Ham Tucker
 1961 Lover Come Back
J. Paxton Miller
 1960 The Rat Race
Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
 1959 The Wonderful Country
Travis Hyte
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Frank Rey
- The Award Winner (1958) ... Frank Rey
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Captain of the 'S. S. Henrietta'
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- All-Star Line-Up (1955)
- Burlesque (1955)
 1951 Tomahawk
Sol Beckworth
 1949 Thieves' Highway
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
Bozo Evans
 1948 Northwest Stampede
Mike Kirby
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Jerry Marlowe
 1945 On Stage Everybody
Michael Sullivan
 1945 That's the Spirit
Steve 'Slim' Gogarty
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
Michael O'Rourke
 1944 Sweet and Low-Down
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
 1943 Wintertime
Skip Hutton
 1943 Something to Shout About
Larry Martin
 1942/I Iceland
Slip Riggs
 1942 Song of the Islands
Rusty Smith
 1941 Navy Blues
Cake O'Hara
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Chuck Hadley
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Harry Calhoun
 1940 The Great Dictator
Napaloni - Dictator of Bacteria
 1940 Young People
Joe Ballantine
 1938 Thanks for Everything
 1938 Radio City Revels
Harry Miller
 1937 Hitting a New High
Corny Davis
 1937 Fight for Your Lady
Honest 'Ham' Hamilton
 1937 The Toast of New York
 1937 Super-Sleuth
Bill Martin
 1937 Champagne Waltz
Happy Gallagher
 1936 That Girl from Paris
Whammo Lonsdale
 1936 Florida Special
Bangs Carter
 1936 Colleen
Joe Cork
 1936 Collegiate
Jerry Craig
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
Spud Miller
 1934 College Rhythm
Francis J. Finnegan
 1934 Shoot the Works
Nicky Nelson
 1934 Murder at the Vanities
Jack Ellery
 1934 Looking for Trouble
 1933 Sitting Pretty
Chick Parker
 1933 Too Much Harmony
Benny Day
 1933 The Eagle and the Hawk
Mike Richards
 1933 Sailor Be Good
Kelsey Jones
 1933 From Hell to Heaven
Charlie Bayne
 1932 Uptown New York
Eddie Doyle
 1932 If I Had a Million
Private Mulligan
 1932 Madison Square Garden
Eddie Burke
 1932 Make Me a Star
Jack Oakie (uncredited)
 1932 Sky Bride
Alec Dugan
 1932 Dancers in the Dark
Duke Taylor
 1931 Touchdown!
Babe Barton
 1931 Dude Ranch
Jennifer / Vance Kilroy
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Jack Oakie
 1930 Sea Legs
Searchlight Doyle
 1930 The Sap from Syracuse
Littleton Looney
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Comedy Episode
 1929 Sweetie
Tap-Tap Thompson
 1929 Fast Company
Elmer Kane
 1929 Hard to Get
Marty Martin
 1929 Street Girl
Joe Spring
 1929 The Man I Love
Lew Layton
 1929 Close Harmony
Ben Barney
 1929 The Wild Party
 1929 Chinatown Nights
The Reporter
 1929 The Dummy
Dopey Hart
 1929 Sin Town
'Chicken' O'Toole
 1928 Someone to Love
Michael Casey
 1928 The Fleet's In
Searchlight Doyle
 1928 Road House
 1928 Finders Keepers
B.B. Brown
 1924 Classmates (uncredited)
 1924 His Darker Self (uncredited)
 1923 Big Brother (uncredited)
 1923 His Children's Children
Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (30 credits)
Show Show Self (16 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (16 credits)

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Active on Broadway in the following productions: . See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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When the situation is funny or when the line is funny, play it straight. When the situation is straight or when the line is straight, then you add the comedy. See more »


Jack Oakie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, and his hand and footprints can be found at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. See more »


America's Joy-Friend. See more »

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