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Allen Jenkins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Allen Jenkins (April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974) was an American character actor on stage, screen and television. He was born David Allen Curtis Jenkins in Staten Island, New York. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his first stage appearance, he danced next to James Cagney in a chorus line for an off-Broadway musical called Pitter-Patter. He made five dollars a week. He also appeared one thousand times in Broadway plays between 1924 and 1962, including The Front Page with Lee Tracy (1928). His big break came when he replaced Spencer Tracy for three weeks in the Broadway play The Last Mile. He was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterwards to Warner Bros. He originated the character of Frankie Wells in the Broadway production of Blessed Event and reprised the role in the film adaptation, both in 1932. With the advent of talking pictures, he made a career out of playing comic henchmen, stooges, policemen and other "tough guys" in numerous films of the 1930s and 1940s, especially for WB. He was labeled the "greatest scene-stealer of the 1930s" by the New York Times.He voiced the character of "Officer Dibble" on the Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon, Top Cat and was a regular on the 1956-1957 television situation comedy Hey, Jeannie! (1956), starring Jeannie Carson. He was also a guest star on The Red Skelton Show, I Love Lucy, Playhouse 90, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Zane Grey Theater, and The Sid Caesar Show. Eleven days before his death, he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's 1974 film adaptation of The Front Page. He went public with his alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it. He helped start the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women. Jenkins, James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh were the original members of the so-called "Irish Mafia". He was the seventh member of the Screen Actors Guild. Description above from the Wikipedia article Allen Jenkins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Apr 9, 1900 In Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
126
First Appeared:
In the movie Blessed Event 1932-09-10
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of Chained for Life
Poster of Crazy Over Horses
Poster of Sweepstakes Winner
Filmography
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie The Front Page Telegrapher 1974-12-01
Movie The Spy in the Green Hat Enzo 'Pretty' Stilletto 1967-02-03
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series Honey West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie For Those Who Think Young Col. Leslie Jenkins (Cronin's business associate) 1964-06-01
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Vermin Witowski 1964-03-11
Movie I'd Rather Be Rich Fred 1964-08-25
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Series Top Cat Officer Charlie Dibble 1961-09-27
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Ocean's Eleven Police Office (uncredited) 1960-02-17
Movie Pillow Talk Harry 1959-10-07
Series Hey, Jeannie! 1956-09-08
Series The Duke Johnny 1954-07-02
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Oklahoma Annie Lou 1952-03-24
Movie Chained for Life Hinkley 1952-01-01
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Let's Go Navy! CPO Mervin Longnecker 1951-07-29
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie Crazy Over Horses Weepin' Willie 1951-09-09
Movie Bodyhold Slats Henry 1949-01-04
Movie The Big Wheel George 1949-11-04
Movie The Inside Story Eddie 1948-03-14
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Nick 1947-03-07
Movie Blow-Ups of 1947 Himself 1947-01-01
Movie Fun on a Weekend Joe Morgan 1947-05-15
Movie The Hat Box Mystery 'Harvard' 1947-06-12
Movie The Case Of The Baby-Sitter Howard 'Harvard' Quinlan 1947-07-26
Movie The Senator Was Indiscreet Farrell 1947-12-26
Movie Meet Me on Broadway Deacon McGill 1946-01-26
Movie The Dark Horse Willis Trimble 1946-07-19
Movie Wonder Man Chimp 1945-01-01
Movie Lady on a Train Danny (Waring chauffeur) 1945-08-17
Movie Stage Door Canteen Allen Jenkins 1943-06-24
Movie Tortilla Flat Portagee Joe 1942-05-21
Movie The Falcon Takes Over Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke 1942-05-29
Movie A Date with the Falcon Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke 1942-01-16
Movie Maisie Gets Her Man 'Pappy' Goodring 1942-06-01
Movie Eyes in the Night Marty 1942-10-16
Movie They All Kissed the Bride Johnny Johnson 1942-06-11
Movie Time Out for Rhythm Off-Beat Davis 1941-06-05
Movie Footsteps in the Dark Wilfred 1941-03-08
Movie Dive Bomber Lucky James 1941-08-31
Movie The Gay Falcon Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke 1941-10-24
Movie Go West, Young Lady Hank 1941-11-27
Movie Ball of Fire Garbage Man 1941-12-02
Movie Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love! Ed aka The Weasel 1940-01-01
Movie Brother Orchid Willie 'The Knife' Corson 1940-06-08
Movie Breakdowns of 1940 Himself 1940-01-01
Movie Tin Pan Alley Casey 1940-11-29
Movie Margie Kenneth 1940-09-01
Movie Meet the Wildcat Max Schwydel 1940-11-22
Movie Naughty But Nice Joe Dirk 1939-06-23
Movie Sweepstakes Winner Xerxes 'Tip' Bailey 1939-05-20
Movie Five Came Back Peter 'Pete' 1939-06-23
Movie Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite Lt. Steve McBride 1939-08-12
Movie Destry Rides Again Gyp Watson 1939-11-30
Movie A Slight Case of Murder Mike 1938-03-05
Movie Fools for Scandal Dewey Gibson 1938-04-16
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie Swing Your Lady Shiner Ward 1938-01-08
Movie Gold Diggers in Paris Duke 'Dukie' Dennis 1938-06-11
Movie Hard to Get Roscoe 1938-11-05
Movie Going Places Droopy 1938-12-31
Movie Heart of the North Corporal Bill Hardsock 1938-12-10
Movie Racket Busters 'Skeets' Wilson 1938-07-16
Movie The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Okay 1938-07-30
Movie Marry the Girl Specs 1937-07-13
Movie The Singing Marine Sergeant Mike 1937-07-03
Movie Breakdowns of 1937 Himself 1937-01-23
Movie Ever Since Eve Jake Edgall 1937-07-15
Movie Ready, Willing and Able J. Van Courtland 1937-03-06
Movie Marked Woman Louie 1937-04-10
Movie Talent Scout Benefit Show Guest (archive footage) 1937-07-24
Movie The Perfect Specimen Pinky 1937-10-23
Movie Dead End Hunk 1937-08-27
Movie Dance Charlie Dance Alf Morgan 1937-08-14
Movie Sh! The Octopus Dempsey 1937-12-14
Movie Sins of Man Crusty 1936-06-18
Movie The Singing Kid Joe Eddy 1936-04-10
Movie Cain and Mabel Dodo 1936-09-26
Movie Three Men on a Horse Charlie 1936-11-21
Movie Sing Me a Love Song Chris Cross 1936-12-25
Movie Breakdowns of 1936 Himself 1936-12-30
Movie The Case of the Curious Bride Spudsy 1935-04-13
Movie The Irish in Us Carbarn Hammerschlog 1935-08-03
Movie While the Patient Slept Police Sgt. Jim Jackson 1935-03-09
Movie Sweet Music Barney Cowan 1935-02-23
Movie Page Miss Glory Petey 1935-09-07
Movie A Night at the Ritz Gyp Beagle 1935-03-23
Movie I Live For Love Mac 1935-09-28
Movie Broadway Hostess Fishcake Carter 1935-12-07
Movie Miss Pacific Fleet Bernard 'Kewpie' Wiggins 1935-12-14
Movie Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935-12-01
Movie The Case of the Lucky Legs Spudsy 1935-10-05
Movie I've Got Your Number John 'Johnny' 1934-02-24
Movie Bedside Sam Sparks 1934-01-31
Movie The Big Shakedown Lefty 1934-01-06
Movie Jimmy the Gent Lou 1934-03-17
Movie Whirlpool Mac 1934-04-09
Movie The St. Louis Kid Buck Willetts 1934-11-10
Movie Happiness Ahead Chuck 1934-10-27
Movie The Case of the Howling Dog Sgt. Holcomb 1934-09-22
Movie The Merry Frinks Emmett Frink 1934-05-26
Movie Twenty Million Sweethearts Pete 1934-05-26
Movie Blondie Johnson Louis 1933-02-25
Movie 42nd Street Mac Elroy 1933-03-11
Movie Employees' Entrance Sweeney 1933-02-11
Movie Lawyer Man Izzy Levine 1933-01-07
Movie The Keyhole Hank Wales 1933-03-25
Movie Hard to Handle radio announcer 1933-01-28
Movie Bureau of Missing Persons Detective Joe Musik 1933-09-08
Movie The Mayor of Hell Mike 1933-06-24
Movie The Mind Reader Frank 1933-04-01
Movie Professional Sweetheart O'Connor 1933-06-09
Movie Havana Widows Herman Brody 1933-11-18
Movie The Silk Express Robert 'Rusty' Griffith 1933-06-01
Movie Tomorrow at Seven Dugan 1933-06-01
Movie Grand Hotel Hotel Meat Packer (uncredited) 1932-09-11
Movie Blessed Event Frankie Wells 1932-09-10
Movie Three on a Match Dick 1932-10-29
Movie I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Barney Sykes 1932-11-09
Movie Rackety Rax Mike Dumphy 1932-10-23