James Flavin

James Flavin

Highest Rated: 100% Nightmare Alley (1947)

Lowest Rated: 0% Good Times (1967)

Birthday: May 14, 1906

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor James Flavin was groomed as a leading man when he first arrived in Hollywood in 1932, but he balked at the glamour treatment and was demonstrably resistant to being buried under tons of makeup. Though Flavin would occasionally enjoy a leading role--notably in the 1932 serial The Airmail Mystery, co-starring Flavin's wife Lucille Browne--the actor would devote most of his film career to bit parts. If a film featured a cop, process server, Marine sergeant, circus roustabout, deckhand or political stooge, chances are Jimmy Flavin was playing the role. His distinctive sarcastic line delivery and chiselled Irish features made him instantly recognizable, even if he missed being listed in the cast credits. Larger roles came Flavin's way in King Kong (1933) as Second Mate Briggs; Nightmare Alley (1947), as the circus owner who hires Tyrone Power; and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949), as a long-suffering homicide detective. Since he worked with practically everyone, James Flavin was invaluable in later years as a source of on-set anecdotes for film historians; and because he evidently never stopped working, Flavin and his wife Lucille were able to spend their retirement years in comfort in their lavish, sprawling Hollywood homestead.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Dwight D. Eisenhower 1976
83% The Barefoot Executive Father O'Leary 1971
84% In Cold Blood Clarence Duntz 1967
0% Good Times Lieutenant 1967
62% Cheyenne Autumn Sergeant of the Guard 1964
92% The Last Hurrah Police Captain 1958
No Score Yet Wild Is the Wind Wool Buyer 1957
No Score Yet Night Passage Tim Riley 1957
No Score Yet Hold That Hypnotist Morgan 1957
40% The Wings of Eagles MP at Garden Party 1957
No Score Yet The Restless Breed Secret Service Chief 1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair Man 1957
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House Chief Martin 1956
No Score Yet The Naked Street (The Brass Ring) Attorney Flanders 1955
92% Mister Roberts MP 1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Motorcycle Cop 1954
No Score Yet Fighter Attack Col. Allison 1953
33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Policeman in Bank 1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way Buck Holman 1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid Conductor 1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Cop 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Petty Officer 1952
80% Carrie Mike the Bartender 1952
No Score Yet The Fighter Policeman 1952
No Score Yet My Pal Gus Bailiff 1952
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup Police Captain 1951
86% Flying Leathernecks Shore Patrol Commander 1951
No Score Yet Follow the Sun Henry Gibbs 1951
No Score Yet Operation Pacific Mick, Shore Patrol commander 1951
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West Sheriff 1950
No Score Yet Destination Murder Lt. Brewster 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Cop 1950
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery Lt. Phillips 1950
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Inspector Wellman 1949
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot Brophy 1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours Waiter 1949
95% Mighty Joe Young Schultz 1949
No Score Yet Homicide Boylan 1949
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Corrigan 1948
No Score Yet The Velvet Touch Sgt. Oliphant 1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225 Gardner 1948
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek Judge Advocate 1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High Traffic Cop 1948
57% Desert Fury (Desert Town) Pat Johnson 1947
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady Detective 1947
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue Cop 1947
71% My Favorite Brunette Mac the Detective 1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss District Attorney 1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Dorseys Gorman 1947
100% Nightmare Alley Clem Hoatley 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Reardon, Cop 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas Capt. Danforth 1947
No Score Yet Nobody Lives Forever Shake Thomas 1946
80% Cloak and Dagger Col. Walsh 1946
97% The Big Sleep Cronjager 1946
No Score Yet Step by Step Motorcycle Cop 1946
No Score Yet Easy to Wed Joe 1946
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie Lt. Arnold 1946
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Detective No. 1 1946
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Investigator 1946
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Detective 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Bellamy 1946
No Score Yet The Mighty McGurk Cop 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Crimp with Amazeen 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Cattleman 1945
No Score Yet Johnny Angel Mate 1945
86% Mildred Pierce Detective 1945
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in The Shanghai Cobra Jarvis 1945
No Score Yet Over 21 Captain 1945
No Score Yet Conflict Detective Lt. Workman 1945
100% Wonder Man Bus Driver 1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot Major 1945
62% Anchors Aweigh Radio Cop 1945
No Score Yet Without Love Sergeant 1945
No Score Yet Spider Johnny 1945
No Score Yet Murder, He Says Police Officer 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves Shore Patrolman 1944
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate Naval Officer 1944
100% Laura McAvity 1944
No Score Yet Mr. Winkle Goes to War Sergeant 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Business Man 1944
No Score Yet Abroad with Two Yanks Sergeant Wiggins 1944
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory Captain 1944
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep M.P. 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Marine Sergeant 1944
No Score Yet The Iron Major Umpire 1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Policeman 1943
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail! Capt. O'Brien 1943
85% Heaven Can Wait Policeman 1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Lieutenant Commander 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow American Senator 1943
80% Air Force Major A.M. Bagley 1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Cop 1943
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Headwaiter 1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour Father 1943
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina) Sergeant 1942
93% Yankee Doodle Dandy Union Army Veteran 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Capt. Luddy 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. 2nd Guard 1942
83% Saboteur Actor 1942
No Score Yet Fingers at the Window Lieutenant Schaeffer 1942
100% Kid Glove Killer Keenan - Detective Grilling Eddie (uncredited) 1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy Railroad Detective 1942
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. North Police Captain 1942
No Score Yet Kathleen Moving Man 1942
100% Gentleman Jim George Corbett 1942
78% Reap the Wild Wind Father of girl 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Warden 1942
No Score Yet Bedtime Story Room 625 1941
No Score Yet Skylark Subway guard 1941
83% I Wake Up Screaming Detective 1941
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Cop 1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr Sergeant 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours Tomassetti 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Trucker 1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold Bud Connolly 1941
80% Western Union Man 1941
No Score Yet Buck Privates Sergeant 1941
67% Mr. & Mrs. Smith Escort 1941
95% High Sierra Policeman 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Orderly 1941
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy Policeman 1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde Boat Inspector 1941
No Score Yet Texas Announcer 1941
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley Sergeant 1940
100% The Long Voyage Home Dock Policeman 1940
No Score Yet South of Pago Pago Cafe Customer 1940
83% The Ghost Breakers Hotel porter 1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Parking Attendant 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Guard 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Guard 1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson Guard on Death Row 1940
No Score Yet Broadway Melody of 1940 Ballroom Worker 1940
60% The Fighting 69th Supply sergeant 1940
100% Remember the Night Tough Attendant 1940
88% Knute Rockne---All American Coach 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Mountie 1940
No Score Yet The Housekeeper's Daughter Detective 1939
No Score Yet When Tomorrow Comes Coast Guard Man 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Wong in Chinatown Sgt. Jerry 1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die Policeman 1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Police Sergeant 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Paddy 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Guard 1939
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden Cop 1939
No Score Yet Ice Follies of 1939 Doorman 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Cavalry Captain 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady Sergeant 1939
No Score Yet Irish Luck Fluger 1939
No Score Yet Ride a Crooked Mile Hack 1938
No Score Yet Three Loves Has Nancy Jack's Friend 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Jailer 1938
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band Sergeant 1938
No Score Yet Wives Under Suspicion Jenks 1938
75% Test Pilot Pilots in Cafe 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Theater Doorman 1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Young Reporter 1938
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Honolulu Police Dispatcher 1938
No Score Yet Penitentiary Doran 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law Witness 1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point Plebe Hockey Coach 1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel Guard 1938
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn Marine 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan on Broadway Cop 1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair Prison Guard 1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance Submarine Officer 1936
97% My Man Godfrey Detective 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track Police Detective 1936
89% The Littlest Rebel Guard 1935
No Score Yet Remember Last Night? Cop 1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous M.P. 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Agent 1935
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze Henry, the Chauffeur 1935
No Score Yet Shipmates Forever Instructor 1935
No Score Yet The Brand of Hate Holt Orkin 1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Alumni President 1934
No Score Yet Baby Take a Bow Flannigan 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Billy 1933
No Score Yet Police Patrol Det. Mack McCue 1933
98% King Kong 2nd Mate Briggs 1933


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Desk Sergeant Doorman 1962
80% The Twilight Zone
1962 Policeman No. 1 Truck Driver 1961
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Immigration Officer 1956


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