Allen Jenkins

Allen Jenkins

  • Born on
    • April 9th, 1900
  • Died on
    • July 20th, 1974
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 Alfred McGonegal on 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 Warner Bros. 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 television 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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Acting (53 Credits)

1974The Front Page as Telegrapher
1964Robin and the 7 Hoods as Vermin Witowski
1961Top Cat as Officer Charlie Dibble
1960Ocean's 11 as Police Office (uncredited)
1959Pillow Talk as Harry
1952Chained for Life as Hinkley
1951Behave Yourself! as Police Plainclothesman
1949The Big Wheel as George
1947The Senator Was Indiscreet as Farrell
1945Lady on a Train as Danny (Waring chauffeur)
1945Wonder Man as Chimp
1943Stage Door Canteen as Allen Jenkins
1942A Date with the Falcon as Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
1942The Falcon Takes Over as Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
1942They All Kissed the Bride as Johnny Johnson
1942Eyes in the Night as Marty
1942Tortilla Flat as Portagee Joe
1941The Gay Falcon as Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke
1941Footsteps in the Dark as Wilfred
1941Dive Bomber as Lucky James
1941Ball of Fire as Garbage Man
1940Brother Orchid as Willie 'The Knife' Corson
1939Five Came Back as Pete
1939Destry Rides Again as Gyp Watson
1938A Slight Case of Murder as Mike
1938The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse as Okay
1938Racket Busters as Skeets Wilson
1938Hard to Get as Roscoe
1937Ever Since Eve as Jake Edgall
1937Dead End as Hunk
1937Marked Woman as Louie
1936Cain and Mabel as Dodo
1935The Case of the Curious Bride as Spudsy
1935The Case of the Lucky Legs as Spudsy
1935The Irish in Us as Carbarn Hammerschlog
1935Page Miss Glory as Petey
1934Jimmy the Gent as Lou
1934The Case of the Howling Dog as Sgt. Holcomb
1934The Big Shakedown as Lefty
1933Blondie Johnson as Louis
1933Hard to Handle as radio announcer
1933Bureau of Missing Persons as Detective Joe Musik
1933The Keyhole as Hank Wales
1933Professional Sweetheart as O'Connor
1933The Mayor of Hell as Mike
193342nd Street as Mac Elroy
1933Employees' Entrance as Sweeney (uncredited)
1933King Kong as Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
1932Blessed Event as Frankie Wells
1932I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Barney Sykes
1932Lawyer Man as Izzy Levine
1932Three on a Match as Dick
1932Grand Hotel as Hotel Meat Packer (uncredited)


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