Jack Oakie

Jack Oakie

  • Highest Rated: 100% Thieves' Highway (1949)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
  • Birthday: Nov 12, 1903
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Chinatown Nights Actor 2012
90% Lover Come Back J. Paxton Miller 1961
No Score Yet The Rat Race Mac 1960
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country Travis Hight 1959
71% Around the World in 80 Days Captain of S.S. Henrietta 1956
No Score Yet Tomahawk Sol Beckworth 1951
100% Thieves' Highway Slob 1949
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me Bozo 1948
No Score Yet The Merry Monahans Pete Monahan 1944
60% It Happened Tomorrow Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini 1944
No Score Yet Sweet and Lowdown Popsy 1944
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Dan Daley 1943
No Score Yet Wintertime Skip Hutton 1943
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina) Slip 1942
No Score Yet Song of the Islands Rusty Smith 1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Boley Bolenciecwcz 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Chuck Hadley 1941
No Score Yet Little Men Willie 1940
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley Harry 1940
No Score Yet Young People Joe Ballantine 1940
93% The Great Dictator Napaloni 1940
No Score Yet Texas Rangers Ride Again Actor 1940
No Score Yet The Affairs of Annabel Lanny Morgan 1938
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Luke 1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth Willard "Bill" Martin 1937
No Score Yet Champagne Waltz Happy Gallagher 1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris Whammo Lonsdale 1936
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Henry B. 'Wahoo' Jones 1936
No Score Yet Colleen Joe Cork 1936
No Score Yet King of Burlesque Joe Cooney 1936
No Score Yet Florida Special Bangs Carter 1936
No Score Yet Collegiate Jerry Craig 1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936 Spud Miller 1935
No Score Yet Call of the Wild Shorty Hoolihan 1935
No Score Yet College Rhythm Actor 1934
86% Murder at the Vanities Jack Ellery 1934
No Score Yet Shoot the Works Nicky Nelson 1934
67% Alice in Wonderland Tweedledum 1933
No Score Yet College Humor Barney Shirrel 1933
No Score Yet The Eagle and the Hawk Mike Richards 1933
No Score Yet From Hell to Heaven Charlie Bayne 1933
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty Actor 1933
No Score Yet Uptown New York Eddie Doyle 1932
No Score Yet Madison Square Garden Eddie Burke 1932
No Score Yet Once in a Lifetime George Lewis 1932
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs Migg Tweeny 1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star Guest Star 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Mulligan 1932
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest Star 1930
No Score Yet Street Girl Joe Spring 1929
No Score Yet The Wild Party Al 1929
No Score Yet The Man I Love Lew Layton 1929

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Thadeus
  • 1966

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