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Spec O'Donnell



To call child actor Spec O'Donnell homely, a critic once wrote, "would imply that your home was in grave need of repair." Alarmingly freckled and having beady little eyes, O'Donnell (real name Walter) was Hollywood's premiere enfant terrible in the 1920s. Although he bravely defended Mary Pickford's honor in Little Annie Rooney (1925), he was decidedly up to no good in her 1927 release Sparrows. As the spoiled son of baby mill owners, Spec is all but irredeemable in that classic melodrama, but offscreen Pickford and husband Douglas Fairbanks were his biggest boosters, the latter once calling him "the greatest child star" of the day. The boy Spec grew into a gawky young man who would play innumerable elevator boys, call boys, telegram boys, and so on. He remained homely, though, as attested by the description of his role in Life Begins in College (1937), which simply, and rather brutally, read: Ugly Student. O'Donnell's career, one of the longest in Hollywood, lasted at least until 1978, when he played a bit in the action comedy-drama Convoy. He passed away at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
33% Convoy
  • 18 Wheel Eddie
1978
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
  • Candy Vendor
1952
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • Usher
1944
No Score Yet Girl Crazy
  • Fiddle Player
1943
No Score Yet Hers to Hold
  • William Morley
1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • Newsboy
1943
No Score Yet The Male Animal
  • Student
1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live
  • Usher
1941
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade
  • Western Union Boy
1941
No Score Yet Accidents Will Happen
  • Specs
1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady
  • Boy in Overalls
1938
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air
  • Pinky
1937
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Telephone Boy
1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve
  • Newsboy
1937
No Score Yet College Holiday
  • Lafayette
1936
100% San Francisco
  • Man Praying
1936
No Score Yet Freshman Love
  • Eddie
1936
60% One Night of Love
  • Call Boy
1934
100% Baby Face
  • Office Boy
1933
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast
  • Office Boy
1932
No Score Yet Young America (We Humans)
  • Bull Butler
1932
No Score Yet Hello Trouble
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Show Girl in Hollywood
  • Office Boy
1930
No Score Yet Movie Night
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Sparrows
  • Ambrose Grimes
1926
No Score Yet Old Ironsides
  • Cabin Boy
1926
No Score Yet Little Annie Rooney
  • Able
1925
No Score Yet The Country Kid
  • Joe Applegate
1923

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