Jay C. Flippen

Highest Rated: 100% Cat Ballou (1965)
Lowest Rated: 14% Hellfighters (1968)
Birthday: Mar 6, 1899
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



No Score Yet The Seven Minutes Luther 1971
14% Hellfighters Jack Lomax 1968
No Score Yet Firecreek Mr. Pittman 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
90% 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
92% Oklahoma! Skidmore 1955
No Score Yet Carnival Story Charley 1954
81% 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


No Score Yet Rawhide
Bigger Shaler
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Owney Tupper
  • 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
Barney Fuller
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • 1962


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