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James Parrott (August 2, 1897 – May 10, 1939) was an American actor and film director; and the younger brother of film comedian Charley Chase.

James Gibbons Parrott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Charles and Blanche Thompson Parrott. In 1903, his father died from a heart attack, leaving the family in bad financial shape, which forced them to move in with a relative. Charley Jr. quit school, so he could go to work, in order to support his mother and brother. Eventually the call of the stage beckoned him, and Charley Jr. left home at age 16 to travel the vaudeville circuit as a singer and comedic performer. By the time James had reached his teens, he too, had quit school, and became involved with the street gangs of Baltimore.

Later, Charley's connections in the film industry helped get his younger brother established in movies, and he would appear during the 1920s in a series of relatively successful comedies for producer Hal Roach. He was billed first as "Paul Parrott," then "Jimmie Parrott." Approximately 75 comedies were produced from 1921 to 1923, with titles continuing to be released through Pathé until 1926. Frequent co-stars included Marie Mosquini, Jobyna Ralston, Eddie Baker, and Sunshine Sammy.

Parrott is probably best known as a comedy director. As "James Parrott," he specialized in the two-reel misadventures of Laurel and Hardy, including the Oscar-winning classic The Music Box, and Helpmates.

During the 1930s Parrott had acquired serious drinking and drug problems (his diet medications were really addictive amphetamines) and although still able to direct quality shorts, he had developed a reputation as unreliable. By the mid-1930s his work was spotty: Stan Laurel used him sporadically to contribute gags to the Laurel and Hardy features, and he would direct an Our Gang short in 1934, plus several acceptable entries in Thelma Todd-Patsy Kelly series.

By 1937, Parrott was accepting any jobs that came his way. He could no longer be counted on to direct or write, and relied on his brother to support him financially. There was a brief marriage to Ruby Ellen McCoy in 1937, but as his various addictions worsened, so did his state of mind.

Parrott died at the age of 41 of heart failure. His brother Charley was devastated, and died 13 months later.

From Wikipedia

James Parrott (August 2, 1897 – May 10, 1939) was an American actor and film director; and the younger brother of film comedian Charley Chase.

James Gibbons Parrott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Charles and Blanche Thompson Parrott. In 1903, his father died from a heart attack, leaving the family in bad financial shape, which forced them to move in with a relative. Charley Jr. quit school, so he could go to work, in order to support his mother and brother. Eventually the call of the stage beckoned him, and Charley Jr. left home at age 16 to travel the vaudeville circuit as a singer and comedic performer. By the time James had reached his teens, he too, had quit school, and became involved with the street gangs of Baltimore.

Later, Charley's connections in the film industry helped get his younger brother established in movies, and he would appear during the 1920s in a series of relatively successful comedies for producer Hal Roach. He was billed first as "Paul Parrott," then "Jimmie Parrott." Approximately 75 comedies were produced from 1921 to 1923, with titles continuing to be released through Pathé until 1926. Frequent co-stars included Marie Mosquini, Jobyna Ralston, Eddie Baker, and Sunshine Sammy.

Parrott is probably best known as a comedy director. As "James Parrott," he specialized in the two-reel misadventures of Laurel and Hardy, including the Oscar-winning classic The Music Box, and Helpmates.

During the 1930s Parrott had acquired serious drinking and drug problems (his diet medications were really addictive amphetamines) and although still able to direct quality shorts, he had developed a reputation as unreliable. By the mid-1930s his work was spotty: Stan Laurel used him sporadically to contribute gags to the Laurel and Hardy features, and he would direct an Our Gang short in 1934, plus several acceptable entries in Thelma Todd-Patsy Kelly series.

By 1937, Parrott was accepting any jobs that came his way. He could no longer be counted on to direct or write, and relied on his brother to support him financially. There was a brief marriage to Ruby Ellen McCoy in 1937, but as his various addictions worsened, so did his state of mind.

Parrott died at the age of 41 of heart failure. His brother Charley was devastated, and died 13 months later.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 100

Birthday 1897-08-02

Day of Death 1939-05-10

Place of Birth Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Also Known As

  • James G. Parrott
  • Jimmie Parrott
  • Jimmy Parrott
  • Paul Parrott

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2002 Laurel & Hardy - Highlights Director
1935 Do Your Stuff Director
1935 The Misses Stooge Director
1935 The Tin Man Director
1935 Sing Sister Sing Director
1935 Treasure Blues Director
1934 Opened by Mistake Director
1934 Washee Ironee Director
1934 Benny, from Panama Director
1934 Mixed Nuts Director
1933 Twice Two Director
1932 Mr. Bride Director
1932 Girl Grief Director
1932 Young Ironsides Director
1932 County Hospital Director
1932 The Chimp Director
1932 The Music Box Director
1932 Helpmates Director
1931 Pardon Us Director
1931 The Panic Is On Director
1931 Spuk um Mitternacht Director
1931 Rough Seas Director
1931 The Pip from Pittsburg Director
1931 Be Big! Director
1930 Another Fine Mess Director
1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Director
1930 Hog Wild Director
1930 Below Zero Director
1930 La vida nocturna Director
1930 Brats Director
1930 Blotto Director
1930 Ladrones Director
1930 Night Owls Director
1930 Tiembla y Titubea Director
1930 Noche de duendes Director
1929 The Hoose-Gow Director
1929 They Go Boom! Director
1929 Perfect Day Director
1928 Habeas Corpus Director
1928 Two Tars Director
1928 Should Married Men Go Home? Director
1928 Their Purple Moment Director
1927 Now I'll Tell One Director
1927 The Sting of Stings Director
1927 Assistant Wives Director
1927 Us Director
1927 Fluttering Hearts Director
1927 Forgotten Sweeties Director
1926 There Ain't No Santa Claus Director
1924 The Fraidy Cat Director
1924 Don't Forget Director
1924 Powder and Smoke Director
1924 Just a Minute Director
1924 Hard Knocks Director
1921 The Pickaninny Director

Acting

1930 The King as Minor Role (uncredited)
1926 Pay the Cashier
1926 Soft Pedal as Willing
1926 Don't Butt In as The Roustabout
1925 Are Parents Pickles? as Fire Salesman
1925 The Caretaker's Daughter as The Caretaker (as Jimmie Parrott)
1924 A Deep Sea Panic
1924 Sittin' Pretty as Bearded Lunatic
1924 Get Busy as Taller pal
1923 Join the Circus as Trainer
1923 Dear Ol' Pal as Lucian Dillgiggle
1923 No Pets
1923 Take the Air as Iron-worker
1923 Post No Bills as The Bill Poster
1923 The Uncovered Wagon as Bill Bunion
1923 Shoot Straight
1923 Tight Shoes as The New Clerk
1923 Jailed and Bailed as Paul (as Paul Parrott)
1923 Paste and Paper
1923 Watch Your Wife
1922 Shine 'Em Up as Paul, the Hustler
1922 The Golf Bug as Paul
1922 Shiver and Shake as The Newlywed Husband
1922 The Landlubber
1922 Take Next Car as Chief Engineer
1920 Don't Park Here as A Car Owner
1920 His First Flat Tire
1919 Don't Shove as Party Guest
1919 Count Your Change
1919 Young Mr. Jazz
1919 Hustling for Health as Man missing his train
1919 Do You Love Your Wife?
1919 An Auto Nut as The Auto Nut's Lawyer (as Paul Parrott)
1918 Just Rambling Along as Waiter / chef assistant
1918 Bride and Gloom
1918 An Ozark Romance
1918 Fireman Save My Child
1918 Hey There
1918 Look Pleasant, Please as Drunken Swell (uncredited)
1918 Hit Him Again

Writing

1938 Swiss Miss Screenplay
1928 Should Married Men Go Home? Writer
1926 Get 'Em Young Writer
1926 Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes Writer
1926 Wandering Papas Writer
1925 Chasing the Chaser Writer
1924 Don't Forget Writer
1924 Powder and Smoke Writer
1924 Just a Minute Writer
1924 Hard Knocks Writer

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