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Frank Shannon (I) (1874–1959)

Frank Shannon was born on July 27, 1874 in Ireland. He was an actor and writer, known for Flash Gordon (1936), Blondes at Work (1938) and Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939). He was married to Molly Nicholson. He died on February 1, 1959 in Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »


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Known For

Flash Gordon Dr. Alexis Zarkov
Blondes at Work Captain McTavish
Torchy Runs for Mayor Captain McTavish
Torchy Blane in Chinatown Captain McTavish


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 1949 A Dangerous Profession
Barman (uncredited)
 1946 Crack-Up
Train Station Gateman (uncredited)
 1945 Man Alive
Show Boat Character (uncredited)
 1944 The Desert Hawk (uncredited)
 1943 The Phantom
Prof. Davidson (uncredited)
 1943 The Iron Major
Pa Cavanaugh (uncredited)
 1943 Batman
Dr. Hayden (uncredited)
 1942 The Secret Code
Police Commissioner [Ch.1]
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Senator (uncredited)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Captain in Café (uncredited)
 1941 Unfinished Business
Groom's Father (uncredited)
 1941 Rawhide Rangers
Ranger Captain McDowell
 1941 Federal Fugitives
Col. Hammond
 1941 Rage in Heaven
Workers' Delegate (uncredited)
 1940 Dancing on a Dime
Policeman (uncredited)
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuters
Mr. O'Malley - Captain of the Nova Scotian (uncredited)
 1940 Brigham Young
Second Man with California Gold News (uncredited)
 1940 Wildcat Bus
 1940 The Return of Frank James
 1940 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Dr. Alexis Zarkov
 1940 Emergency Squad
Construction Supervisor at Elevator (uncredited)
 1939 The Night of Nights
Frank, the Bartender (uncredited)
 1939 Rulers of the Sea
Kelsey (uncredited)
 1939 Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite
Inspector McTavish
 1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor
Captain McTavish
 1939 Union Pacific
Old Man (uncredited)
 1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown
Captain McTavish
 1938 Next Time I Marry
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1938 Torchy Gets Her Man
Police Captain McTavish (uncredited)
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Mac (uncredited)
 1938 Holiday
Farmer (scenes deleted)
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama
Captain McTavish
 1938 Accidents Will Happen
Man on Crutches (uncredited)
 1938 Over the Wall
Duke Slattery - Policeman with Warrant (uncredited)
 1938 Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
Dr. Alexis Zarkov
 1938 The Ship That Died (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1938 Blondes at Work
Captain McTavish
 1937 Mannequin
Police Sergeant at Jail (uncredited)
 1937 Outlaws of the Prairie
Dart Collins Sr. (uncredited)
 1937 The Adventurous Blonde
Captain McTavish
 1937 Roll Along, Cowboy
Fred Morgan (uncredited)
 1937 Sophie Lang Goes West
 1937 High, Wide and Handsome
Peter's Man (uncredited)
 1937 Ever Since Eve
Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1937 This Is My Affair
Root (uncredited)
 1937 Affairs of Cappy Ricks
Captain Braddock
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
1917 Warden (uncredited)
 1936 End of the Trail
Sheriff Anderson
 1936 The Texas Rangers
Captain Stafford
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Majordomo (uncredited)
 1936 Flash Gordon
Dr. Alexis Zarkov
 1936 Road Gang
Chaplain (uncredited)
 1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island
Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt
 1936 The Perfect Set-Up (Short)
Detective Hewitt (uncredited)
 1936 Black Gold
Dan O'Reilly
 1936 The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1935 The Pace That Kills
Mr. Farley
 1935 The Eagle's Brood
 1935 Men Without Names
 1935 'G' Men
Police Chief at Lodge (uncredited)
 1934 Woman in the Dark
Prison Warden
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Staff General (uncredited)
 1931 A Burglar to the Rescue (Short)
The Burglar, Holtz aka Jack Dunning
 1924 Monsieur Beaucaire
 1924 Icebound
Judge Bradford
 1922 The Bride's Play
Sir John Mansfield
 1922 Boomerang Bill
Terrence O'Malley
 1921 Perjury
Phil Rourke
 1913 The Prisoner of Zenda
 1912 The Artist's Joke (Short)
An Artist (as Francis Shannon)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Flag Lieutenant. Melodrama. Written by Maj. W.P. Drury and Leo Trevor. Directed by Gustav von Seyffertitz. Criterion Theatre: 30 Aug 1909- Sep 1909 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: C. Leslie Allen, Herbert Budd, Francis Carlyle, Dudley Digges, Helen Freeman, Richard Garrick, W.H. Gilmore, H.J. Ginn, Lawrence ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Francis Shannon


Molly Nicholson  (her death)  (1 child)

Did You Know?


Along with Buster Crabbe and Charles Middleton, he is one of only three actors to appear in all three "Flash Gordon" serials: Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). See more »

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