Jay C. Flippen Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (in surgery)
Birth NameJohn Constantine Flippen
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jay C. Flippen could probably be characterized these days as one of those distinctive faces you know but whose name escapes you while viewing old 50s and 60s movies and TV. His distinctive bulldog mug, beetle brows, bulky features, and silver-white hair were ideally suited for roles as criminals and rugged adventurers, while his background in vaudeville and minstrel shows helped him obtain roles in occasional fluffy slapstick and light musical comedy. Flippen was already a veteran performer on radio and the Broadway stage by the time he focused on film. He could be counted on to provide his patented gruff and bluster in many a action film whether playing a sheriff, prison warden, military high-ranker, bartender, or farmer. Moreover, his characters supported James Stewart in several of his standard vehicles, including Winchester '73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952), Thunder Bay (1953), The Far Country (1954), Strategic Air Command (1955), The Restless Breed (1957), Night Passage (1957), and Firecreek (1968). Dogged by illness but determined in later years, he continued his career in a wheelchair following a leg amputation. He was married for 25 years to screenwriter Ruth Brooks Flippen, whose work included a couple of Gidget movies. He died at age 72 of an aneurysm; which is a rupture of a swollen artery.

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

Spouse (3)

Ruth Brooks Flippen (4 January 1947 - 3 February 1971) (his death)
Clara Michelsen Dusinberrie (28 July 1940 - ?) (divorced)
Cathlyn Young (24 February 1922 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Entombed at Westwood Memorial Park, Westwood, California - Corridor of Memories (Five crypts to the right of Marilyn Monroe)
Can be seen in his wheelchair, minus his right leg, in the party scene at Jim Backus' house in the movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) , which was filmed shortly before his death. The great character actor is having a good time in his brief cameo, and obviously is beloved by the other guests.
The actor lost a leg to diabetes in the late 60's.
Flippen was a Vaudeville performer and recording star in the 1920's, recording 33 sides between 1924 and 1929 for Columbia, Pathe/Perfect, and Brunswick. He made a handful of musical shorts in the early 1930's, as well.
A close friend of the director Nicholas Ray, he was the best man at Ray's wedding to Gloria Grahame in 1948.

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