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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 »


(age 59)

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Sky Patrol
Sky Patrol Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Mystery Plane
Mystery Plane Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Stunt Pilot
Stunt Pilot Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
The Worst Woman in Paris?


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 1941 I Wanted Wings
Lt. Ronson
 1939 Danger Flight
Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
 1939 Sky Patrol
Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
 1939 Stunt Pilot
Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
 1939 Start the Music (Short)
Doctor Reed
 1939 Mystery Plane
Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
 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
 1933 The Worst Woman in Paris?
Suave Man
 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[


According to Laura Wagner's article on Trent in the Summer 2014 issue of Films of the Golden Age, the actor was originally signed to appear in six "Tailspin Tommy" films, but only four were completed. He was also set to star in the Columbia serial The Spider's Web (1938), but was replaced by Warren Hull just before filming started. See more »

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