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Jack Rube Clifford (1888–1974)

Jack Clifford (born John Clifford Cooley in 1888) had what one might call a "challenged childhood." He was in two orphanages, and seven foster homes from New York to Texas. Despite the early obstacles he became an American "headliner" (Orpheum Circuit) vaudeville performer, who was evidently pretty good. Part of his act was as a "rube," hard of ... See full bio »

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45 Minutes from Hollywood
45 Minutes from Hollywood Orville's Grandpa
King of the Pecos
King of the Pecos Ash - Henchman
Tombstone Canyon
Dimples Uncle Tom


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 1955 The Lone Ranger Rides Again (TV Movie)
Jerry (credit only)
 1952 The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Jerry (as Jack Clifford)
 1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
- The Mole: Part 2 (1950) ... Pawn (as Jack Clifford)
 1950 Women from Headquarters (uncredited)
 1949 Samson and Delilah
Victim (uncredited)
 1949 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
- The Lone Ranger's Triumph (1949) ... Jerry (as Jack Clifford)
- The Lone Ranger Fights On (1949) ... Jerry (as Jack Clifford)
- Enter the Lone Ranger (1949) ... Jerry (as Jack Clifford)
 1948 I, Jane Doe
Police Captain (uncredited)
 1948 Dangers of the Canadian Mounted
U. S. Marshal (as Jack Clifford)
 1948 Summer Holiday
Passerby (uncredited)
 1947 Where There's Life
An O'Brien (uncredited)
 1947 Unconquered
Frontiersman (uncredited)
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Square Dance Caller (uncredited)
 1947 My Favorite Brunette
Prison Guard Captain (uncredited)
 1947 California
Miner (uncredited)
 1947 Ladies' Man
Policeman in Park (uncredited)
 1946 Canyon Passage
Miner (uncredited)
 1946 The Blue Dahlia
Plainclothes Cop (uncredited)
 1946 Badman's Territory
Team Owner (as Jack Clifford)
 1946 To Each His Own
Policeman (uncredited)
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Fireman (uncredited)
 1945 The Lost Weekend
Guard (uncredited)
 1945 Hold That Blonde!
Cop (uncredited)
 1945 Senorita from the West
Motorcycle Cop (as Jack Clifford)
 1945 Secret Agent X-9
Pete (uncredited)
 1945 Honeymoon Ahead
Gus (as Jack Clifford)
 1945 The Master Key
Riverton Tower Switchman (uncredited)
 1945 Rockin' in the Rockies
Sheriff Zeke (uncredited)
 1945 Salome Where She Danced
Messenger (uncredited)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Townsman (uncredited)
 1944 Practically Yours
Subway Conductor (uncredited)
 1944 Gentle Annie
Brakeman (uncredited)
 1944 The Old Texas Trail
Sheriff Thomas (as Jack Clifford)
 1944 Mystery of the River Boat
Sawyer (uncredited)
 1944 Casanova Brown
Iceman (uncredited)
 1944 Trail to Gunsight
Gunsight Sheriff (uncredited)
 1944 The Great Alaskan Mystery
Agent Dunn, Posing as Trapper [Ch. 1] (as Jack Clifford)
 1942 Overland Mail
Sheriff Tyler [Chs. 8-10] (as Jack Clifford)
 1942 My Favorite Blonde
Policeman at Union Hall (uncredited)
 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad
Gangster (uncredited)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Pelican Crewman (uncredited)
 1941 Confessions of Boston Blackie
Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
 1941 Arizona Cyclone
Johnson (as Jack Clifford)
 1941 Sea Raiders
Pug Anderson [Chs. 1-6] (as Jack Clifford)
 1941 The Bandit Trail
Kurt Halliday (as Jack Clifford)
 1941 Riders of Death Valley
Lafe Hogan (uncredited)
 1941 Sky Raiders
Construction Crew Foreman [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
 1941 Double Date
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1941 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga
McGuire (uncredited)
 1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again!
McCoig - Homeowner Thug [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
 1940 The Bank Dick
Cop (uncredited)
 1940 Give Us Wings
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1940 Beyond the Sacramento
Sheriff (as Jack Clifford)
 1940 Life with Henry
Coulter - Mailman (uncredited)
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Half-breed Archer (uncredited)
 1940 Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Clayton (as Jack Clifford)
 1940 When the Daltons Rode
Deputy on Train (uncredited)
 1940 Sky Bandits
Whispering Smith (as Jack Clifford)
 1940 Those Were the Days!
Officer in Court (uncredited)
 1940 Alias the Deacon
Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
 1940 Yukon Flight
Whispering Smith (as Jack Clifford)
 1939 Another Thin Man
Policeman (uncredited)
 1939 Thunder Afloat
Captain (uncredited)
 1939 Angels Wash Their Faces
Policeman at Fire (uncredited)
 1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
Sergeant on Motorcycle (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
Bartender (uncredited)
 1939 Let Us Live
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1939 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
Riding Master (uncredited)
 1938 Federal Man-Hunt
Roadblock Cop (uncredited)
 1938 The Little Adventuress
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1938 The Storm
Sailor (uncredited)
 1938 The Colorado Trail
Judge Bennett (as Jack Clifford)
 1938 The Road to Reno
Trucker (as Jack Clifford)
 1938 Think It Over (Short)
Detective (uncredited)
 1938 Highway Patrol
Motor Cop (uncredited)
 1938 King of the Newsboys
Train Flagman (uncredited)
 1938 Start Cheering
Owner of Car (uncredited)
 1938 Cattle Raiders
Trial Judge (uncredited)
 1938 The Buccaneer
Mountaineer (uncredited)
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
Guard (uncredited)
 1937 Carnival Queen
Deputy Constable (as Jack Clifford)
 1937 Behind the Mike
Station Master (uncredited)
 1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway
Detective (uncredited)
 1937 She Asked for It
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1937 SOS Coast Guard
Carver (uncredited)
 1937 High, Wide, and Handsome
Wash Miller (uncredited)
 1937 Wild West Days
Corey (as Jack Clifford)
 1937 One Man Justice
Sheriff Ben Adams (as Jack Clifford)
 1937 I Promise to Pay
Detective (uncredited)
 1937 Racketeers in Exile
Thyrus Jamison (as Jack Clifford)
 1937 Jungle Jim
Man with Bullethole in Hat (uncredited)
 1936 House in Order
Bill O'Byrne (as Jack Clifford)
 1936 The Plainsman
Orderly (uncredited)
 1936 Dimples
Uncle Tom (as Jack Clifford)
 1936 Speed
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Court Policeman (uncredited)
 1936 King of the Pecos
Ash - Henchman (as Jack Clifford)
 1936 Lady of Secrets
Cal (uncredited)
 1936 Drift Fence
Rodeo Announcer (uncredited)
 1936 The Milky Way
Todd Fight Announcer (uncredited)
 1936 Timothy's Quest
Ed (as Jack Clifford)
 1935 The Lone Wolf Returns
Cop (uncredited)
 1935 Gallant Defender
Sheriff (as Jack Clifford)
 1935 One-Way Ticket
Charlie (as Jack Clifford)
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Shooting Gallery Barker (uncredited)
 1935 The Man from Guntown
Nolan, Gun Town Sheriff (as Jack Clifford)
 1935 The Revenge Rider
Matt Ludlow (as Jack Clifford)
 1934 The Poor Rich
Station Agent
 1933 Fargo Express
Gambler (uncredited)
 1933 One Sunday Afternoon
Mr. Johnson - Watchman (uncredited)
 1933 One Track Minds (Short)
Deaf Beekeeper Passenger (as Jack Clifford)
 1932 Tombstone Canyon
Newt (as Jack Clifford)
 1932 The Lost Special
Steve Doran (as Jack Clifford)
 1932 Faithless
Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1932 Gold
Elmer Sigmuller (as Jack Clifford)
 1932 The Local Bad Man
Railroad Station-Agent Andrew McKee (as Jack Clifford)
 1931 Law of the Sea
First Mate (uncredited)
 1931 Caught
 1931 Skippy
Dog-Catcher Nubbins (uncredited)
 1931 Sunrise Trail
Kansas (as Jack Clifford)
 1930 Rogue of the Rio Grande
Cantina Announcer (uncredited)
 1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (Short)
Detective (uncredited)
 1926 45 Minutes from Hollywood (Short)
Orville's Grandpa (as Rube Clifford)
 1926 Long Pants (Short)
Fleming's Grandfather (as Jack Clifford)
 1926/I Sweet Adeline
Bill Wilson
 1914 The Squaw Man
Pete (as Jack Clifford)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio Series KFWB Hi-Jinks - As a hard of hearing Sheriff in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Alternate Names:

Jack Clifford | Rube Clifford

Did You Know?


Clifford came to be credited and known as "Rube" from his character work beginning in vaudeville as a hard-of-hearing "rube" who created punch lines from dialog his character misunderstood or misheard. See more »


Character Actor - Hard-of-hearing "Rube" created punchlines based on misheard/misunderstood words.

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