Bud Jamison

Highest Rated: 100% Holiday Inn (1942)
Lowest Rated: 100% Holiday Inn (1942)
Birthday: Feb 15, 1894
Birthplace: Not Available
There probably are actors who appeared in more movies than Bud Jamison did, but there can't be too many -- depending upon whose list one's using, Jamison appeared in anywhere from 253 to 284 pictures between 1915 and 1944, working alongside such screen legends as Charles Chaplin, Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, and Edward G. Robinson. Most of his performances in more-than-bit roles, however, were in short films, and it was his work as a foil in more than 50 two-reelers made by the Three Stooges that has immortalized Jamison's face and acting for generations. Born William Jamison in California, he entered vaudeville in his teens, and by 1915 was appearing in movies with Chaplin. Jamison's big-boned, beefy appearance -- which hid a surprising degree of agility -- and pugnacious expression made him an ideal antagonist for the lanky, diminutive Chaplin, and Jamison was one of his three favorite heavies, along with Eric Campbell and Mack Swain. He was Edna Purviance's beau in In the Park, the sinister hobo in The Tramp, and the chief bank robber in The Bank, among numerous other roles. Jamison remained busy throughout the 1920s, barely breaking stride for the coming of sound, although in a change of pace he did appear in some serious features, including the 1930 version of Moby Dick. He continued this pattern of working in comic short subjects, interspersed with occasional full-length features (in which he usually played bit parts) for the rest of his career. In 1934, Jamison began the association that was to keep his memory alive into the 21st century, when he appeared with the Three Stooges in their first Columbia Pictures short, Woman Haters. The Stooges and their producers obviously liked Jamison's work, because the actor subsequently performed in more than 50 additional Stooges films, usually playing belligerent cops, stuffy butlers, impatient customers, aggravated employers, and any number of other roles that placed him in opposition to the three inept protagonists. As likely to threaten the trio with mayhem as to have it worked on him, he had a beautifully expressive over-the-top voice that greatly enhanced the humor of his performances -- sometimes he was just the Stooges hapless employer, as in Violent Is the Word for Curly, portraying the service station owner giving them a pep talk ("Use a little elbow grease!") before leaving them to their own devices, whereupon they manage to destroy the first car that pulls in; or, in one of their greatest films, Disorder In the Court, he cut a memorable figure as the enthusiastic defense attorney, relying on the Stooges' testimony to get his client acquitted of murder charges; and in yet another short, as a butler faced with assigning serving tasks to Moe, Larry, and Curly, he expresses his impatience with their antics by insulting them: "Why, you remind me of the Three Stooges!" His career went far beyond the boundaries of the Stooges shorts, however, and Jamison was one of the busiest comic character men in Hollywood during the early '40s, appearing in more than 20 pictures in 1941 alone, and also one of the most energetic -- he showed off his boisterous side to great effect in the jail cell scene in George Marshall's Pot O' Gold, in which he manages to dominate a group of a dozen loudly singing actors (including James Stewart and Charles Winninger). He added Bud Abbott and Lou Costello to the long list of comic stars with whom he worked and seemed destined to be busy for years to come when tragedy struck. Jamison collapsed at home shortly after finishing his work on the musical comedy Nob Hill, late in September of 1944. He died the following day, although he had so much work in the can awaiting release that his movie appearances easily ran into 1945. The Three Stooges evidently loved working with Jamison, and used his image on a prop poster in a short that they made years after his death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet In the Park (Charlie in the Park) (Charlie on the Spree) Actor 1998
No Score Yet Police (Charlie in the Police) (Charlie the Burglar) (Housebreaker) Shady Character 1995
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Quartette 1944
No Score Yet Joan of Ozark Cop 1942
100% Holiday Inn Santa Claus 1942
No Score Yet All the World's a Stooge Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Monster and the Girl Tim the Doorman 1941
No Score Yet Little Men Cop 1940
No Score Yet Li'l Abner Hairless Joe 1940
No Score Yet Captain Caution Blinks 1940
No Score Yet Pardon My Berth Marks Actor 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Humboldt, the Cop 1940
No Score Yet There's Always a Woman Jim 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law Bartender 1938
No Score Yet The Three Stooges Actor 1938
No Score Yet Ticket to Paradise Taxi Dispatcher 1936
No Score Yet The Three Stooges Defence Attorney 1936
No Score Yet In Person Man in Elevator 1935
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Bartender 1934
100% The Dentist Charley Frobisher 1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star Actor 1932
No Score Yet A Flask of Fields Actor 1930
No Score Yet His First Flame Hector Benedict 1927
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno The Butler 1924
No Score Yet Just Rambling Along Chef 1918
No Score Yet Triple Trouble Tramp 1918
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen Soldier 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Mate, The Other Man 1915
No Score Yet The Bank Chief Bank Robber 1915
No Score Yet By the Sea (Charlie by the Sea) (Charlie's Day Out) Her Husband 1915
No Score Yet The Tramp Sinister Hobo 1915
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Policeman 1915
No Score Yet In the Park Edna's Beau 1915
No Score Yet The Champion World Champion 1915
No Score Yet A Night Out (Champagne Charlie) (Charlie's Drunken Daze) (His Night Out) Headwaiter 1915
No Score Yet His New Job (Charlie's New Job) Actor, Unpunctual Star 1915

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
Police Officer Kelly Johnson Club Chairman Professor Repulso Prosecutor Fuller Rath Legionaire Sergeant Defence Attorney A. Panther
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  • 1934

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