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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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 1941 I Wanted Wings
Lt. Ronson
 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 (uncredited)
 1931 The Sky Spider
Buddy Morgan
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 1939 Wolf Call (flying instructor - uncredited)

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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[


Although John Russell (1921-1991), supporting actor in adult westerns and other "A"-budget films after WW2 and star of the classic western TV series Lawman (1958), bore an uncanny resemblance to Trent (1906-1966), the two men were not related--Russell's real name was in fact John Russell, and Trent's real name was LaVerne Brown. See more »

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