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Overview (4)

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (undisclosed)
Birth NameIrving Earnest Peters
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A minor character actor who appeared in literally hundreds of films, actor Irving Bacon could always be counted on for expressing bug-eyed bewilderment or cautious frustration in small-town settings with his revolving door of friendly, servile parts - mailmen, milkmen, clerks, chauffeurs, cab drivers, bartenders, soda jerks, carnival operators, handymen and docs. Born September 6, 1893 in the heart of the Midwest (St. Joseph, Missouri), he was the son of Millar and Myrtle (Vane) Bacon. Irving first found work in silent comedy shorts at Keystone Studios usually playing older than he was and, for a time, was a utility player for Mack Sennett in such slapstick as A Favorite Fool (1915). Irving made an easy adjustment when sound entered the pictures and after appearing in the Karl Dane and George K. Arthur two-reel comedy shorts such as Knights Before Christmas (1930), began to show up in feature-length films. He played higher-ups on occasion, such as the Secretary of the Navy in Million Dollar Legs (1932), police inspector in The House of Mystery (1934), mayor in Room for One More (1952), and judge in Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958), but those were exceptions to the rule. Blending in with the town crowd was what Irving was accustomed to and, over the years, he would be glimpsed in some of Hollywood's most beloved classics such as Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), San Francisco (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and A Star Is Born (1954). Trivia nuts will fondly recall his beleaguered postman in the Blondie (1938) film series that ran over a decade.

Irving could also be spotted on popular '50s and '60s TV programs such as the westerns Laramie (1959) and Wagon Train (1957), and "comedies December Bride (1954) and The Real McCoys (1957). He can still be seen in a couple of old codger roles on I Love Lucy (1951). One was as a marriage license proprietor and the other as Vivian Vance's doting dad from Albuquerque, to whom she paid a visit on her way to Hollywood with the Ricardos. Irving died on February 5, 1965, having clocked in over 400 features.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Family (1)

Spouse Alice Bernice Plye (26 June 1937 - 5 February 1965)  (his death)
Margaret 'Peggy' Beaver (30 June 1930 - 1934)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Freda Lee Scoville (11 March 1921 - 7 January 1928)  (her death)  (2 children)

Trivia (11)

Screen, stage, and television actor.
Appeared in comedy shorts series starring Karl Dane & George K. Arthur (1930) and Louise Fazenda (1930).
As indicated sometimes, he is not the brother of director Lloyd Bacon.
As indicated sometimes, he is not the son of actor/writer Frank Bacon.
Attended Santa Clara College in San Jose, California.
Had two children with Freda Lee Scofield: Robert (1922) and Barbara (1927). His wife died within a year or so after the birth of their second child. Had one child with Margaret Beaver: Frank.
Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I; he rose to the rank of Sargent First Class.
He appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners: It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939). Ward Bond, Eddy Chandler and Wallis Clark also appeared in all three films.
Mother was actress Myrtle (birth name Lena Davis).
The only actor to appear in both Bachelor Mother (1939) and an episode of the TV series "Bachelor Father" (Bachelor Father: Bentley's Economy Wave (1959)).
In addition to appearing in three Oscar Best Picture winners, he also appeared in nine other Best Picture nominees: Bad Girl (1931), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Lady for a Day (1933), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), San Francisco (1936), A Star Is Born (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Since You Went Away (1944) and Spellbound (1945).

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