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John Trent (II) (1906–1966)

Darkly handsome John Trent, an aviator-turned-actor-turned aviator, is best know for the "Tailspin Tommy" adventure movies back in the 1930s. While flying was a natural for him, acting was not and the actor eventually turned his back on his Hollywood career. Born LaVerne Browne on December 5, 1906, in Orange, California, his first focus was in the ... See full bio »


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Known For

Mystery Plane
Mystery Plane Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Danger Flight
Danger Flight Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Sky Patrol
Sky Patrol Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Stunt Pilot
Stunt Pilot Tailspin Tommy Tompkins


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 1941 I Wanted Wings
Lt. Ronson
 1939 Start the Music (Short)
Doctor Reed
 1937 Blossoms on Broadway
Neil Graham
 1937 She's No Lady
Alden 'Bill' Carter III
 1937 The Great Gambini
Grant Naylor
 1937 John Meade's Woman
 1937 A Doctor's Diary
Dr. Dan Norris
 1934 Springtime for Henry
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 Badge of Honor
Harvey Larkin, City Editor
 1932 Under-Cover Man
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1931 The Sky Spider
Buddy Morgan
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 1939 Wolf Call (flying instructor - uncredited)

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Personal Quote:

I didn't want to rush into anything. I was making $750 a month as a pilot and I didn't know anything about pictures. I didn't want to jeopardize my standing by resigning. [JT, as to his agreement that TWA agree keep him on reserve as a pilot in case his movie career didn't pan out[


Best known for playing the comic strip aviator "Tailspin Tommy" in a series of four Monogram films in 1939, Trent was a real-life aviator before and after his movie career. See more »

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