~Jack Oakie~

Born: November 12, 1903 in Sedalia, Missouri, USA
Died: January 23, 1978 (age 74) in Los Angeles, California, USA
~Filmography~
~Biography~
The parents of American actor Jack Oakie had hopes that their son would enter the business world, but a
spell as telephone clerk in a brokerage house convinced Oakie to look elsewhere for a career. After
appearing at an amateur show staged by Wall Street executives for the Cardiac Society, Oakie was
encouraged by the show's director to give acting his full attention. Oakie's professional debut was in the
chorus of the 1922 George M. Cohan musical Little Nellie Kelly. Several Broadway productions later,
Oakie travelled westward to try his luck in films, the first of which was Finders Keepers. Transferring
without a hitch to talkies, Oakie found himself much in demand, usually playing a dimwitted braggart
(with one of the best "double takes" in the business) who somehow made good and got the girl before
fadeout time. By the late 1930s Oakie's career had gone into decline. The experience humbled the
bombastic comedian and convinced him take a new approach to his career. After his unforgettable
Mussolini take-off in Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), Oakie entered a new movie phase as second
lead and character actor, which sustained him through many a musical comedy of the 1940s. And when
called upon to do so, he could still carry a picture with finesse, as witness the 1945 fantasy That's the
Spirit. Stage and TV work took up much of his time in the 1950s and 1960s, with occasional choice
character parts in such films as The Rat Race (1960) and Lover Come Back (1962). Unpredictable in his
likes and dislikes, Oakie was the sort of fellow who brusquely shooed away autograph seekers, but who
also visited ailing comedian Stan Laurel, a man Oakie barely knew, to brighten up Stan's hospital stay at a
time when some of Laurel's "close" pals didn't want to show up. Just before his death, Jack Oakie
committed his memories to a sometimes fanciful but always entertaining biography, Jack Oakie's Double
Takes, which was published posthumously by Jack's widow, actress Victoria Horne.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Bonanza (TV Series) (1966)
- A Christmas Story (1966) ... Thadeus Cole
Daniel Boone (TV Series) (1966)
- Goliath (1966) ... Otis Cobb
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (1965)
- Kilroy: Part 4 (1965) ... Joe Kelsey
The Real McCoys (TV Series) (1963)
- Up to Their Ears in Corn (1963) ... Uncle Rightly McCoy
- Uncle Rightly and the Musical Milker (1963) ... Uncle Rightly McCoy
- Skeleton in the Closet (1963) ... Uncle Rightly McCoy
Target: The Corruptors (TV Series) (1962)
- Viva Vegas (1962) ... Billy Stowe
The New Breed (TV Series) (1961)
- I Remember Murder (1961) ... Ham Tucker
Lover Come Back (1961) ... J. Paxton Miller
The Rat Race (1960) ... Mac, Owner of Macs Bar

The Wonderful Country (1959) ... Travis Hyte
Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (1958)
- The Award Winner (1958) ... Frank Rey
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (1958)
- The Battle for Wednesday Night (1958)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) ... Captain of the 'S. S. Henrietta'
Shower of Stars (TV Series) (1955)
- All-Star Line-Up (1955)
- Burlesque (1955)
Tomahawk (1951) ... Sol Beckworth
Last of the Buccaneers (1950) ... Sgt. Dominick

Thieves' Highway (1949) ... Slob
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) ... Bozo Evans
Northwest Stampede (1948) ... Mike Kirby
She Wrote the Book (1946) ... Jerry Marlowe
On Stage Everybody (1945) ... Michael Sullivan
That's the Spirit (1945) ... Steve 'Slim' Gogarty
Bowery to Broadway (1944) ... Michael O'Rourke
Sweet and Low-Down (1944) ... Popsy
The Merry Monahans (1944) ... Pete Monahan
It Happened Tomorrow (1944) ... Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
Wintertime (1943) ... Skip Hutton
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) ... Dan Daley
Something to Shout About (1943) ... Larry Martin
Iceland (1942) ... Slip Riggs
Song of the Islands (1942) ... Rusty Smith
Rise and Shine (1941) ... Boley Bolenciecwcz
Navy Blues (1941) ... Cake O'Hara
The Great American Broadcast (1941) ... Chuck Hadley
Little Men (1940) ... Willie
Tin Pan Alley (1940) ... Harry Calhoun
The Great Dictator (1940) ... Napaloni - Dictator of Bacteria
Young People (1940) ... Joe Ballantine

Thanks for Everything (1938) ... Bates
Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) ... Lanny Morgan
The Affairs of Annabel (1938) ... Lanny Morgan
Radio City Revels (1938) ... Harry Miller
Hitting a New High (1937) ... Corny Davis
Fight for Your Lady (1937) ... Honest 'Ham' Hamilton
The Toast of New York (1937) ... Luke
Super-Sleuth (1937) ... Bill Martin
Champagne Waltz (1937) ... Happy Gallagher
That Girl from Paris (1936) ... Whammo Lonsdale
The Texas Rangers (1936) ... Henry B. 'Wahoo' Jones
Florida Special (1936) ... Bangs Carter
Colleen (1936) ... Joe Cork
Collegiate (1936) ... Jerry Craig
King of Burlesque (1936) ... Joe Cooney
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935) ... Spud Miller
Call of the Wild (1935) ... 'Shorty' Hoolihan
College Rhythm (1934) ... Francis J. Finnegan
Shoot the Works (1934) ... Nicky Nelson
Murder at the Vanities (1934) ... Jack Ellery
Looking for Trouble (1934) ... Casey
Alice in Wonderland (1933) ... Tweedledum
Sitting Pretty (1933) ... Chick Parker
Too Much Harmony (1933) ... Benny Day
College Humor (1933) ... Barney Shirrel
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933) ... Mike Richards
Sailor Be Good (1933) ... Kelsey Jones
From Hell to Heaven (1933) ... Charlie Bayne
Uptown New York (1932) ... Eddie Doyle
If I Had a Million (1932) ... Private Mulligan
Madison Square Garden (1932) ... Eddie Burke
Once in a Lifetime (1932) ... George Lewis
Million Dollar Legs (1932) ... Migg Tweeny
Make Me a Star (1932) ... Jack Oakie (uncredited)
Sky Bride (1932) ... Alec Dugan
Dancers in the Dark (1932) ... Duke Taylor
Touchdown! (1931) ... Babe Barton
Dude Ranch (1931) ... Jennifer / Vance Kilroy
The Stolen Jools (Short) (1931) ... Jack Oakie
June Moon (1931) ... Frederick Martin Stevens
The Gang Buster (1931) ... Charlie Case
Sea Legs (1930) ... Searchlight Doyle
Let's Go Native (1930) ... Voltaire McGinnis
The Sap from Syracuse (1930) ... Littleton Looney
The Social Lion (1930) ... Marco Perkins
Paramount on Parade (1930) ... Comedy Episode

Hit the Deck (1929) ... Bilge
Sweetie (1929) ... Tap-Tap Thompson
Fast Company (1929) ... Elmer Kane
Hard to Get (1929) ... Marty Martin
Street Girl (1929) ... Joe Spring
The Man I Love (1929) ... Lew Layton
Close Harmony (1929) ... Ben Barney
The Wild Party (1929) ... Al
Chinatown Nights (1929) ... The Reporter
The Dummy (1929) ... Dopey Hart
Sin Town (1929) ... 'Chicken' O'Toole
Someone to Love (1928) ... Michael Casey
The Fleet's In (1928) ... Searchlight Doyle
Road House (1928) ... Sam
Finders Keepers (1928) ... B.B. Brown
Classmates (uncredited) (1924)
His Darker Self (uncredited) (1924)
Big Brother (uncredited) (1923)
His Children's Children (1923) ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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