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Emory Parnell (December 29, 1892 – June 22, 1979) was an American vaudeville performer and actor who appeared in over 250 films in his 36-year career. He was nicknamed "The Big Swede" and was sometimes credited as "Emery" or "Parnel".

Seeking better opportunities in Hollywood, Parnell and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California, where, helped by his red-faced Irish look of frustration, he immediately began to appear in films in a variety of role, such as policemen, doormen, landlords, and small town businessmen. One of his first films was Doctor Rhythm (1938).

Although his appearances were often in "B" films, such as the Ma and Pa Kettle series, he also made credible showings in "A" films as well. One notable part was as a Paramount studio executive who sang about avoiding libel suits to open 1941's Louisiana Purchase. Parnell was also part of writer-director Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors in the 1940s, appearing in five of Sturges' films, including The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, where he played the crooked banker, "Mr. Tuerck", the chief antagonist of William Demarest's "Constable Kockenlocker". He also made a memorable appearance as grumpy socialite Ajax Bullion in the Three Stooges short subject All the World's a Stooge.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Emory Parnell (December 29, 1892 – June 22, 1979) was an American vaudeville performer and actor who appeared in over 250 films in his 36-year career. He was nicknamed "The Big Swede" and was sometimes credited as "Emery" or "Parnel".

Seeking better opportunities in Hollywood, Parnell and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California, where, helped by his red-faced Irish look of frustration, he immediately began to appear in films in a variety of role, such as policemen, doormen, landlords, and small town businessmen. One of his first films was Doctor Rhythm (1938).

Although his appearances were often in "B" films, such as the Ma and Pa Kettle series, he also made credible showings in "A" films as well. One notable part was as a Paramount studio executive who sang about avoiding libel suits to open 1941's Louisiana Purchase. Parnell was also part of writer-director Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors in the 1940s, appearing in five of Sturges' films, including The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, where he played the crooked banker, "Mr. Tuerck", the chief antagonist of William Demarest's "Constable Kockenlocker". He also made a memorable appearance as grumpy socialite Ajax Bullion in the Three Stooges short subject All the World's a Stooge.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 160

Birthday 1892-12-29

Day of Death 1979-06-22

Place of Birth St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Also Known As

  • Emery Parnell

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Joe Palooka Story (1 episode)
1991 Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to as (archive footage)
1965 Green Acres (1 episode)
1965 The Bounty Killer as Sam - Bartender
1963 Petticoat Junction (1 episode)
1961 The Two Little Bears as Grimshaw Wilkins
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (2 episodes)
1959 Dennis, The Menace (1 episode)
1959 The Alaskans (2 episodes)
1958 The Hot Angel as Judd Pfeiffer
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (9 episodes)
1958 The Texan (2 episodes)
1958 The Notorious Mr. Monks as Sheriff Cobus Anders
1957 The Real McCoys (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (5 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1956 So Your Wife Wants to Work as Mr. Batten
1956 That Certain Feeling as Senator
1955 Artists and Models as Mr. Kelly
1955 Navy Log (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1954 The Two Gun Teacher as Prof. Kleinberg
1954 Sabrina as Charles
1954 Jungle Gents as Police Captain Daly
1954 Battle of Rogue River as Sgt. McClain
1954 The Rocket Man as Big Bill Watkins
1954 Public Defender (1 episode)
1953 Shadows of Tombstone as Sheriff Webb
1953 Safari Drums as Larry Conrad
1953 Fort Vengeance as Patrick Fitzgibbon
1953 Call Me Madam as Sen. Charlie Gallagher
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 Dreamboat as Crazy Sam
1952 Oklahoma Annie as Judge Byrnes
1952 Rancho Notorious as Second Sheriff
1952 Lost in Alaska as Sherman
1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair as Billy Reed
1951 All That I Have
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie (1 episode)
1951 Two of a Kind as First Deputy (uncredited)
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm as Billy Reed
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (3 episodes)
1951 My True Story as Ed Praskins
1950 Trail of Robin Hood as J. Corwin Aldridge
1950 To Please a Lady as Mr. Wendall
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Rock Island Trail as Sen. Wells
1950 Key to the City as Council Chairman
1950 Unmasked as 'Pop' Swenson
1950 Chain Gang as Capt. Duncan
1949 The Life of Riley (1 episode)
1949 Massacre River as Sgt. Johanssen
1949 Hellfire as Sheriff Duffy
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend as Mr. Hingleman
1949 Ma and Pa Kettle as Bill Reed
1949 Hideout as Arnie Anderson
1949 A Woman's Secret as Police Lieutenant at Desk
1948 Words and Music as Mr. Feiner
1948 Strike It Rich as Carlton
1948 Blonde Ice as Police Capt. Bill Murdock
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House as Mr. PeDelford
1948 Summer Holiday as Dannville Beach Club Bartender (uncredited)
1948 Here Comes Trouble as Winfield 'Windy' Blake
1947 Gas House Kids Go West as Police Sergeat Casey
1947 Violence as True Dawson
1947 Calendar Girl as The Mayor
1946 Abie's Irish Rose as Rabbi Jacob Samuels as Father John Whalen
1946 The Show-Off as Mr. Appelton
1946 Little Iodine as Mr. Bigdome
1946 Deadline for Murder as Masseur
1946 Queen of Burlesque as Inspector Crowley
1946 Strange Triangle as Barney Shaefer
1946 The Falcon's Alibi as Metcalf
1946 Riverboat Rhythm as Sheriff Martin
1945 Sing Your Way Home as Ship's captain
1945 Two O'Clock Courage as Insp. Bill Brenner
1945 The Crime Doctor's Courage as Police Captain Birch
1944 The Falcon in Hollywood as Inspector McBride
1944 Feather Your Nest as Farmer
1944 Tall in the Saddle as Sheriff Jackson
1944 Casanova Brown as Frank, the Bell Captain
1944 The Falcon in Mexico as James 'Lucky Diamond' Hughes [Script name: Winthrop Hughes]
1944 Once Upon a Time as Policeman
1944 A Night of Adventure as Judge
1944 Gildersleeve's Ghost as Haley
1944 Address Unknown as Postman
1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble as Train Conductor (uncredited)
1944 The Case of the Tremendous Trifle as Wilson
1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek as Mr. Tuerck
1943 Government Girl as The Chief (uncredited)
1943 Dangerous Blondes as Officer McGuire
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady as Gatekeeper
1943 Nazty Nuisance as Capt. Spense
1943 Young Ideas as Judge Canute J. Kelly
1943 Two Señoritas from Chicago as Rupert Shannon
1943 Mr. Lucky as Dock Watchman
1943 Mission to Moscow as Uncaring Businessman
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Policeman at newspaper office (uncredited)
1942 Arabian Nights as Harem Sentry
1942 Gentleman Jim as Dennis Simmons - Doorman (uncredited)
1942 I Married a Witch as Allen - Hotel Owner (uncredited)
1942 Highways by Night as Police Sergeant Ransome
1942 Apache Trail as Mr. Walters
1942 They All Kissed the Bride as Mahoney
1942 Larceny, Inc. as O'Casey
1942 Obliging Young Lady as Motorcycle Policeman Behind Billboard
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Policeman
1942 Cadets On Parade as Inspector Kennedy
1942 Over My Dead Body as Police Capt. Grady
1941 Unholy Partners as Col. Mason
1941 The Maltese Falcon as Ship's Mate (uncredited)
1941 The Case of the Black Parrot as Simmonds
1941 Three Sons o' Guns as Man Delivering Radio
1941 Blossoms in the Dust as Senator
1941 All the World's a Stooge as Ajax Bullion
1941 The Lady from Cheyenne as Crowley
1941 A Shot in the Dark as Marsotti
1941 The Monster and the Girl as Policeman in Alley
1941 So Ends Our Night as Weiss
1940 North West Mounted Police as George Higgins
1940 The Great McGinty as Policeman at Soup Kitchen (uncredited)
1940 Stranger on the Third Floor as Grilling Detective in Dream Sequence
1940 The Golden Fleecing as Featherway
1940 Foreign Correspondent as 'Mohican' Captain
1940 Out West with the Peppers as Ole
1940 Young Tom Edison as Bob
1940 Blondie on a Budget as Policeman Dempsey
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois as Minor Role
1939 Invisible Stripes as Policeman Outside Bank
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Policeman on Gaylor Ave.
1939 On Dress Parade as Paddy - Policeman
1939 Sued For Libel as Jerome Walsh
1939 The Roaring Twenties
1939 At the Circus as Ringmaster (uncredited)
1939 The Day the Bookies Wept as Motor Cop
1939 They Shall Have Music as Policeman in Rain (uncredited)
1939 I Stole a Million as Friendly Cop at Flower Shop
1939 Winter Carnival as Williams - Editor
1939 The Spellbinder as Club 88 Doorman
1939 The House of Fear as Policeman
1939 Union Pacific as Foreman (uncredited)
1939 East Side of Heaven as Doorman
1939 The Lady and the Mob as Policeman Riley
1939 Sudden Money as Cop
1939 Let Freedom Ring as Axel - 1st Swede
1939 Idiot's Delight as Fifth Avenue Mounted Cop
1939 Off the Record as Policeman (uncredited)
1939 Pacific Liner as Olaf
1938 Blondie as Police Desk Sergeant
1938 Girls on Probation as Officer Craig
1938 The Mad Miss Manton as Doorman (uncredited)
1938 King of Alcatraz as Olaf
1938 Doctor Rhythm as Sgt. Olson
1938 Call of The Yukon as Swenson
1938 Arson Racket Squad as Chief J.P. Riley

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