Jay C. Flippen

J.C. Flippen

Highest Rated: 100% Bend of the River (1952)

Lowest Rated: 14% Hellfighters (1968)

Birthday: Mar 06, 1899

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

The grizzled face of character actor Jay C. Flippen was familiar to audiences of Hollywood's Golden Age as he appeared in more than 60 films in a career that spanned more than 40 years. With his bulldog jowls and arching eyebrows, he was often cast in roles as gruff or even villainous characters, yet Flippen's background was in comedy, having worked in vaudeville and minstrel shows before moving into radio and onto Broadway. He made his film debut in a largely forgotten comedy short called "Home Edition" in 1929, but it wasn't until the latter half of the '40s that his film career began to take off. In the 1950s, he appeared in nearly 40 films and successfully broke into television; he went on to make guest appearances on TV throughout his career. Flippen, a reliable supporting actor, appeared alongside legendary screen star James Stewart in eight films, many of which were westerns like the classic "Winchester '73." Yet Flippen took on a wide array of genres during his career, from the Stanley Kubrick film noir "The Killing," to the classic Marlon Brando motorcycle gang drama "The Wild One," to the western musical "Oklahoma!" In his later years, he suffered from illness but continued performing even after having a leg amputated. Flippen's career drew its final curtain in 1971, when the beloved character actor died of an aneurysm. He was survived by his wife of 25 years, screenwriter Ruth Brooks Flippen.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 44% The Seven Minutes Luther Yerkes (Character) - 1971
14% 75% Hellfighters Jack Lomax (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sound of Anger Judge Prentiss (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 56% Firecreek Mr. Pittman (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Is the Name of the Game Dizzy Shaner (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of an Unknown Man Hugh Ramsey (Character) - 1966
88% 74% Cat Ballou Sheriff Cardigan (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Love Mr. Ralph Front (Character) - 1964
60% No Score Yet Studs Lonigan Father Gilhooey (Character) - 1960
100% 83% Wild River Hamilton Garth (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Red Rock Sheriff John Constaine (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 27% From Hell to Texas Jay Leffertfinger (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midnight Story Sergeant Jack Gillen (Character) - 1957
60% 39% Jet Pilot Maj. Gen. Black (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Summer Night Oren Kobble (Character) - 1957
50% 55% Night Passage Ben Kimball (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% Halliday Brand Chad Burris (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Breed Marshal Steve Evans (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 35% The King and Four Queens Bartender (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 42% 7th Cavalry Sgt. Bates (Character) - 1956
98% 92% The Killing Marvin Unger (Character) - 1956
57% 47% Kismet Jawan (Character) - 1955
100% 76% The Far Country Rube (Character) - 1955
88% 75% It's Always Fair Weather Charles Z. Culloran (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross Vincent Concannon (Character) - 1955
88% 76% Oklahoma! Ike Skidmore (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 63% Man Without a Star Strap Davis (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 0% Carnival Story Charley Grayson (Character) - 1954
78% 71% The Wild One Sheriff Stew Singer (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Sumatra Mac (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Guard Captain Jack Wells (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 62% Thunder Bay Kermit MacDonald (Character) - 1953
100% 79% Bend of the River Jeremy Baile (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 48% The Las Vegas Story Capt. H.A. Harris (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 31% The People Against O'Hara Sven Norson (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 74% The Lemon Drop Kid Straight Flush (Character) - 1951
75% 64% Flying Leathernecks MSgt. Clancy (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady From Texas Sheriff Mike McShane (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl Jared Hawkins (Character) - 1950
100% 86% Winchester '73 Sgt. Wilkes (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 12% Two Flags West Sgt. Terrance Duey (Character) - 1950
43% 33% A Woman's Secret Police Insp. Jim Fowler (Character) - 1949
95% 81% They Live by Night T-Dub (Character) - 1948

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Judge Pryor (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Owney (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ensign O'Toole Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson (Character) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Happy Spangler (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach West Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Gabe Jethro (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The David Niven Show Sgt. Charley Nelson (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957

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