James Dunn

Lowest Rated: 17% The Oscar (1966)
Birthday: Nov 2, 1901
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
American actor James Dunn's early career embraced bit parts in silent pictures, vaudeville, and Broadway before he made his talking picture bow in Bad Girl (1931). For the next several years, Dunn appeared in sentimental "lovable scamp" leading roles; he also helped introduce Shirley Temple to feature films by co-starring with the diminutive dynamo in Stand Up and Cheer, Baby Take a Bow, and Bright Eyes, all released in 1934. When Fox merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935, the type of domestic comedy-dramas and free-wheeling musicals in which Dunn specialized came to an end; by the end of the 1930s Dunn's appearance were confined to "B" pictures and poverty-row quickies. Dunn was given a comeback chance as Peggy Ann Garner's irresponsible alcoholic father in the 1945 drama A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The actor won an Academy Award for his performance. Eight years passed before Dunn would be seen in films again, though he found occasional solace in TV work, including his tenure as the star of a 1955 sitcom, It's a Great Life. Dunn's final movie role, filmed two years before his death, was a minor part as an agent in the all-star "trash classic" The Oscar (1966).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
17% The Oscar Network Executive 1966
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Telegrapher 1962
No Score Yet Six Gun Law J. Henry Newman 1962
No Score Yet The Bramble Bush Stew Schaeffer 1960
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Mike 1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy Brian McCoy 1947
No Score Yet That Brennan Girl Denny Reagan 1946
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Johnny Nolan 1945
No Score Yet The Ghost and the Guest Webster Frye 1943
No Score Yet The Living Ghost Nick Trayne 1942
No Score Yet Hold That Woman Jimmy Parker 1940
No Score Yet Son of the Navy Malone 1940
No Score Yet Shadows over Shanghai Johnny McGinty 1938
No Score Yet Living on Love Gary 1937
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Lt. Kenneth Reynolds 1936
No Score Yet The Daring Young Man Don McLane 1935
No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals Eddy Taylor 1935
80% Bright Eyes Loop Merritt 1934
No Score Yet 365 Nights in Hollywood Jimmy Dale 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Mack McGowan 1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer Jimmy Dugan 1934
No Score Yet Baby Take a Bow Eddie Ellison 1934
No Score Yet Sailor's Luck Jimmy Harrigan 1933
No Score Yet Hello, Sister! Actor 1933
No Score Yet Dance Team Jimmy Mulligan 1932
No Score Yet Over the Hill Johnny as an adult 1931
No Score Yet Bad Girl Eddie Collins 1931
No Score Yet Sob Sister Actor

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
1990-1995
Hayden
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Bragan
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Danny
  • 1962
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Flood
  • 1960

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