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Jay C. Flippen

Highest Rated:   100% Cat Ballou (1965)
Lowest Rated:   14% Hellfighters (1968)
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Birthplace:   Little Rock, Arkansas
Discovered by famed African-American comedian Bert Williams, actor Jay C. Flippen attained his first Broadway stage role in 1920's Broadway Brevities. Entertainers of the period were expected to sing, dance, act and clown with equal expertise, and the young Flippen was no slouch in any of these categories. He not only shared billing with such stage luminaries as Jack Benny and Texas Guinan, but he boned up on his ad-lib skills as a radio announcer for the New York Yankees games. At one time president of the American Guild of Variety Artists, Flippen did as many benefits for worthy causes as he did paid performances and worked tirelessly in all showbiz branches: movies, stage (including the touring version of Olsen and Johnson's Hellzapoppin), radio (he was one of the first game show emcees) and even early experimental television broadcasts. After several years of alternating between raspy-voiced villains and lovable "Pop"- type characters in films, Flippen increased his fan following with a supporting role as C.P.O. Nelson on the 1962 sitcom Ensign O'Toole, which, though it lasted only one network season, was a particular favorite in syndicated reruns. In 1964, Flippen suffered a setback when a gangrenous leg had to be amputated. Choosing not to be what he described as "a turnip," Jay C. Flippen continued his acting career from a wheelchair, performing with vim and vinegar in films and on television until his death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Seven Minutes
  • Luther
1971
14% Hellfighters
  • Jack Lomax
1968
No Score Yet Firecreek
  • Mr. Pittman
1968
No Score Yet Fire Creek
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing
  • `Mother'
1967
No Score Yet Fame Is the Name of the Game
  • Dizzy
1966
100% Cat Ballou
  • Sheriff Cardigan
1965
100% How the West Was Won
  • Huggins
1963
No Score Yet The Plunderers
  • Sheriff McCauley
1960
No Score Yet Studs Lonigan
  • Father Gilhooey
1960
100% Wild River
  • Hamilton Garth
1960
No Score Yet From Hell to Texas
  • Jake Leffertfinger
1958
No Score Yet The Deerslayer
  • Old Tom Hutter
1957
No Score Yet Appointment with a Shadow
  • Sgt. Jack Gillen
1957
No Score Yet Night Passage
  • Ben Kimball
1957
No Score Yet Run of the Arrow
  • Walking Coyote
1957
60% Jet Pilot
  • Maj. Gen. Black
1957
No Score Yet The Restless Breed
  • Marshal Steve Evans
1957
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand
  • Chad Burris
1957
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens
  • Bartender
1956
No Score Yet 7th Cavalry
  • Sgt. Bates
1956
97% The Killing
  • Marvin Unger
1956
57% Kismet
  • Jawan
1955
No Score Yet Strategic Air Command
  • Doyle
1955
100% The Far Country
  • Rube
1955
No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross
  • Vincent Concannon
1955
No Score Yet Man Without a Star
  • Strap Davis
1955
100% It's Always Fair Weather
  • Charles Z. Culloran
1955
96% Oklahoma!
  • Skidmore
1955
No Score Yet Carnival Story
  • Charley
1954
80% The Wild One
  • Sheriff Singer
1954
No Score Yet Thunder Bay
  • Kermit MacDonald
1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon
  • Capt. Wells
1953
100% Bend of the River
  • Jeremy Baile
1952
No Score Yet The Las Vegas Story
  • Harris
1952
86% Flying Leathernecks
  • Master Sgt. Clancy
1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid
  • Straight Flush
1951
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker
  • Dan Chancellor
1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara
  • Sven Norson
1951
No Score Yet Two Flags West
  • Sgt. Terrance Duffy
1950
100% Winchester '73
  • Sgt. Wilkes
1950
No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl
  • Jared Hawkins
1950
No Score Yet The Yellow Cab Man
  • Hugo
1950
43% A Woman's Secret
  • Inspector Fowler
1949
No Score Yet Down to the Sea in Ships
  • Luke
1949
100% They Live by Night
  • T-Dub
1948
91% Brute Force
  • Hodges
1947
No Score Yet Million Dollar Ransom
  • Singer
1934
No Score Yet Marie Galante
  • Sailor
1934

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