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Jack Norton

  • Highest Rated: 100% Wonder Man (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)
  • Birthday: Sep 2, 1889
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A confirmed teetotaller, mustachioed American actor Jack Norton nonetheless earned cinematic immortality for his innumerable film appearances as a comic drunk. A veteran vaudevillian - he appeared in a comedy act with his wife Lillian - and stage performer, Norton entered films in 1934, often playing stone-cold sober characters; in one Leon Errol two-reeler, One Too Many, he was a stern nightcourt judge sentencing Errol on a charge of public inebriation! From Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934) onward, however, the Jack Norton that audiences loved began staggering his way from one film to another; it seemed for a while that no film could have a scene in a nightclub or salloon without Norton, three sheets to the wind and in top hat and tails, leaning precariously against the bar. To perfect his act, Norton would follow genuine drunks for several city blocks, memorizing each nuance of movement; to avoid becoming too involved in his roles, the actor drank only ginger ale and bicarbonate of soda. Though his appearances as a drunk could fill a book in themselves, Norton could occasionally be seen sober, notably in You Belong to Me (1940), The Fleet's In (1941) and Harold Lloyd's Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1946); he also "took the pledge" in such short comedies as Our Gang's The Awful Tooth (1938), Andy Clyde's Heather and Yon (1944) and the Three Stooges' Rhythm and Weep (1946). One of Norton's oddest roles was as a detective in the Charlie Chan thriller Shadows over Chinatown (1947), in which he went undercover by pretending to be a souse. Retiring from films in 1948 due to illness, Norton occasionally appeared on live TV in the early '50s. Jack Norton's final appearance would have been in a 1955 episode of Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners, but age and infirmity had so overwhelmed him that he was literally written out of the show as it was being filmed - though Jackie Gleason saw to it that Norton was paid fully for the performance he was ready, willing, but unable to give.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Mad Wednesday James R. Smoke 1951
No Score Yet Variety Time Actor 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Busboy at Brown Derby 1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth Sleeping Man 1947
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock James R. Smoke 1947
No Score Yet Nocturne Drunk 1946
No Score Yet Lady Luck Bartender 1946
80% Blue Skies Drunk 1946
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Drunk 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Guest 1946
No Score Yet Man Alive Willie the Wino 1945
No Score Yet Strange Confession (The Missing Head) Inebriated Boarder 1945
No Score Yet Lady on a Train Santa Claus 1945
100% Wonder Man Drunk in Club 1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties Drunk 1945
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast Byline 1945
No Score Yet The Scarlet Clue Willie Rand 1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Drunk 1945
No Score Yet Two O'clock Courage Drunk 1945
No Score Yet Fashion Model Shiftless 1945
No Score Yet Charlie Chan: The Scarlet Clue Willie Rand 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves Waiter 1944
No Score Yet The Big Noise Drunk 1944
95% Hail the Conquering Hero Regular Bandleader 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Customer 1944
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon Drunk 1944
No Score Yet The Chinese Cat Hotel Desk Clerk 1944
80% Going My Way Mr. Lilley 1944
95% Cover Girl Harry the Drunk 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Man Opening Champagne 1944
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell Man Passenger 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Drunk 1943
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels) The Saloon Drunk (uncredited) 1943
No Score Yet The Falcon Strikes Back Hobo 1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Drunk 1943
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Drunk 1942
97% The Palm Beach Story Members of Ale and Quail Club 1942
No Score Yet Dr. Renault's Secret Austin 1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers Mr. Skinner 1942
No Score Yet The Fleet's In Kellogg 1942
82% Roxie Hart Producer 1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn Van Nostrum 1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase Jester 1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me Keckel 1941
No Score Yet Road Show Drunk 1941
No Score Yet A Night at Earl Carroll's Alonzo Smith 1940
83% The Ghost Breakers Drunk 1940
100% The Bank Dick A. Pismo Clam 1940
100% The Roaring Twenties Drunk 1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory Bert Monroe 1938
94% Jezebel Drunk 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Hotel Manager 1938
No Score Yet Man-Proof Drunk at Fight 1938
No Score Yet The Great Garrick Drunken Gentleman 1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon) Drunk 1937
100% A Day at the Races Drunk 1937
100% Marked Woman Drunk 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Oscar the Souse 1937
100% After the Thin Man Reporter 1936
No Score Yet Too Many Parents Drill Instructor 1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home Drunk 1936
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates Drunk 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Reporter 1935
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Drunk in Cabin 1935
80% Front Page Woman Reporter 1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Reporter 1935
No Score Yet The Girl from 10th Avenue Man 1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap Barfly 1935
No Score Yet Sweet Music Drunk 1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily Photographer 1935
No Score Yet Going Highbrow Sinclair 1935
No Score Yet Stolen Harmony Dick Phillips 1935
No Score Yet Ship Cafe Mr. Randall 1935
No Score Yet One Hour Late Manager 1934
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers King's Physician 1934
No Score Yet Finishing School Drunk 1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell Bits 1934

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
Wedding Member
  • 1946
  • 1934

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