James Flavin

James Flavin

Highest Rated: 100% Remember the Night (1940)

Lowest Rated: 0% Good Times (1967)

Birthday: May 14, 1906

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA

The Irish cop is a stereotypical character who appears in numerous films in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. James Flavin is one of the reasons this character became ingrained in the public's consciousness. Flavin appeared in more than 400 films in a career that stretched over half a century, frequently playing policemen or other authority figures, often in uncredited roles. In reality only a quarter Irish, Flavin was a former West Point student who fell into acting in 1929 while living in Portland, Maine. Flavin tried to break into the New York Theater but had more success when he ventured west to work in the film industry. He landed the lead in the now-lost '32 serial "The Airmail Mystery," but it was to be his only leading role. Instead, Flavin was ubiquitous in tiny roles, including small parts in the '33 version of "King Kong" (playing a ship's mate) and John Ford's classic "The Grapes of Wrath" (playing a guard). Television was also kind to Flavin; he made over 100 appearances between the mid-'50s and the mid-'70s. His final role was one of his more prestigious: playing President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the '76 TV docudrama "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident." Flavin died in '76, a few weeks before his wife Lucille Brown, who had been his leading lady in his first film, 54 years earlier.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law and Order Capt. Toomey (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Character) - 1976
82% 88% In Cold Blood Clarence Duntz (Character) - 1967
0% 35% Good Times Detective Lieutenant (Character) - 1967
50% 55% Night Passage Tim Riley (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 65% Wild Is the Wind Wool Buyer (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House Police Chief Martin (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apache Ambush Col. Marshall (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Beheld His Glory Longinus (Character) - 1953
86% 65% Million Dollar Mermaid Train conductor (Character) - 1952
83% 59% Carrie Mike (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Sun Henry Gibbs (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fighting Coast Guard Cmdr. Rogers (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh! Susanna Captain Worth (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 25% Destination: Murder Police Lt. Brewster (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 65% Armored Car Robbery Lt. Phillips (Character) - 1950
95% 64% Mighty Joe Young Schultz (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 62% Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Insp. Wellman (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prison Warden Guard Capt. Peter Butler (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mississippi Rhythm Stan Caldwell (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 68% The Velvet Touch Sergeant Oliphant (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 34% One Touch of Venus Det. Kerrigan (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 28% The Fabulous Dorseys Gorman (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 68% Nora Prentiss District Attorney (Character) - 1947
63% 70% Desert Fury Sheriff Pat Johnson (Character) - 1947
97% 91% The Big Sleep Capt. Cronjager (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 68% Angel on My Shoulder Bellamy (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 76% A Stolen Life Investigator (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Missing Lady Police Insp. Cardona (Character) - 1946
80% 42% Cloak and Dagger Col. Walsh (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 0% Step by Step Woods (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 52% Easy to Wed Joe (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Juan Quilligan Police Sergeant (uncredited) (Character) - 1945
62% 79% Anchors Aweigh Radio Cop (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 68% Uncertain Glory Captain of Mobile Guard (Character) - 1944
100% 90% Laura Det. McEveety (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 83% So Proudly We Hail Capt. O'Brien (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder on the Waterfront Cmdr. George Kalin (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 6% Fingers at the Window Police Lieutenant Schaeffer (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 33% Mr. and Mrs. North Police Captain (uncredited) (Character) - 1942
100% 86% Gentleman Jim George Corbett (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Life Begins at 8:30 Policeman (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 46% Kathleen Moving Man (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 52% Texas Abilene Fight Announcer (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 25% Affectionately Yours Tomassetti (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Profile Detective (Character) - 1940
100% 83% Remember the Night Court Attendant (uncredited) (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady Sergeant (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Give Us Wings Mr. White (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 38% Mr. Wong in Chinatown Police Sgt. Jerry (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 67% They Shall Have Music Police Sergeant (uncredited) (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 20% Irish Luck Hotel Detective Fluger (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wrong Way Out Detective (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 46% Charlie Chan in Honolulu Homicide Division Desk Sergeant (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thanks for Everything Policeman (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 27% Live, Love and Learn Marine Who Likes Painting (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls Can Play Bill O'Malley (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Promise to Pay Unknown (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 38% Charlie Chan on Broadway Detective (uncredited) (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets of Chinatown Brandhma (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 67% Shipmates Forever Instructing Officer (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 72% Baby, Take a Bow Flannigan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riot Squad Det. Mack McCue (Character) - 1933
98% 86% King Kong Second Mate Briggs (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet McKenna of the Mounted Corp. Randall McKenna (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The All-American Don Lindsay (Character) - 1932

TV

Credit
78% No Score Yet The Brady Bunch Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Joe (Guest Star) 1965 1960
100% 97% The Addams Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1962 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
82% 95% The Twilight Zone 1962 Policeman (Character) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man With a Camera Lt. Donovan (Character) 1958-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn of Fate Gavin Marshall (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1950

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