Biography

Joseph Michael Kerrigan (16 December 1884 – 29 April 1964), better known as J. M. Kerrigan, was an Irish character actor. Kerrigan was born in Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a newspaper reporter until 1907 when he joined the famous Abbey Players. There he became a stalwart, appearing in plays by Lady Gregory, William Butler Yeats and John Millington Synge (for whom he played the role of Shawn Keogh in The Playboy of the Western World. His first screen appearance was in the silent film Food of Love in 1916. By the 1920s he was appearing on Broadway, often in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Sheridan. He settled permanently in Hollywood in 1935, having been recruited along with several other Abbey performers, to appear in John Ford's The Informer. In that film and in Ford's The Long Voyage Home, he plays similar roles, that of a leech who attaches himself to men until they run out of money. Perhaps his best known role was in The General Died at Dawn, where he plays a character actually named Leach, in which he steals scenes from Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and William Frawley. In it he plays a sinister little petty thief who, holding a gun on Cooper, says, "I may be fat, but I'm agile." He had little screen time in films which he starred as minor roles, such as the "First Drayman" in Merely Mary Ann (1931) with Janet Gaynor. One of his most recognizable minor roles was in Gone with the Wind (1939), in which he played John Gallegher, the seemly jovial mill owner who whips his convict labour in to "co-operation". He appeared in Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), the famous film version of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in a minor role at the beginning of the film. In 1946, he tried breaking into Broadway shows, playing the discombobulated leprechaun Jackeen J. O'Malley in the show "Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley", based on the Crockett Johnson comic strip. J. M. Kerrigan died in Hollywood on 29 April 1964, aged 79. Kerrigan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6621 Hollywood Blvd.

Joseph Michael Kerrigan (16 December 1884 – 29 April 1964), better known as J. M. Kerrigan, was an Irish character actor. Kerrigan was born in Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a newspaper reporter until 1907 when he joined the famous Abbey Players. There he became a stalwart, appearing in plays by Lady Gregory, William Butler Yeats and John Millington Synge (for whom he played the role of Shawn Keogh in The Playboy of the Western World. His first screen appearance was in the silent film Food of Love in 1916. By the 1920s he was appearing on Broadway, often in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Sheridan. He settled permanently in Hollywood in 1935, having been recruited along with several other Abbey performers, to appear in John Ford's The Informer. In that film and in Ford's The Long Voyage Home, he plays similar roles, that of a leech who attaches himself to men until they run out of money. Perhaps his best known role was in The General Died at Dawn, where he plays a character actually named Leach, in which he steals scenes from Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and William Frawley. In it he plays a sinister little petty thief who, holding a gun on Cooper, says, "I may be fat, but I'm agile." He had little screen time in films which he starred as minor roles, such as the "First Drayman" in Merely Mary Ann (1931) with Janet Gaynor. One of his most recognizable minor roles was in Gone with the Wind (1939), in which he played John Gallegher, the seemly jovial mill owner who whips his convict labour in to "co-operation". He appeared in Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), the famous film version of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in a minor role at the beginning of the film. In 1946, he tried breaking into Broadway shows, playing the discombobulated leprechaun Jackeen J. O'Malley in the show "Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley", based on the Crockett Johnson comic strip. J. M. Kerrigan died in Hollywood on 29 April 1964, aged 79. Kerrigan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6621 Hollywood Blvd.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 88

Birthday 1884-12-15

Day of Death 1964-04-29

Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland

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Also Known As

  • Joseph M. Kerrigan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (1 episode)
1956 The Fastest Gun Alive as Kevin McGovern
1955 It's a Dog's Life as Paddy Corbin
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 Frontier (1 episode)
1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as Billy
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1953 The Silver Whip as Riley
1952 My Cousin Rachel as Reverend Pascoe
1952 Park Row as Dan O'Rourke
1952 The Wild North as Callahan
1951 Sealed Cargo as Skipper Ben
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1949 Mrs. Mike as Uncle John
1949 The Fighting O'Flynn as Timothy
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 The Luck of the Irish as Tatie the Innkeeper
1946 Abie's Irish Rose as Patrick Murphy
1946 Black Beauty as John
1945 She Went to the Races as Jeff Habbard
1945 The Spanish Main as Pillery Gow
1945 The Crime Doctor's Warning as Robert MacPherson (uncredited)
1945 The Great John L. as Father O'Malley
1945 Tarzan and the Amazons as Splivens
1944 The Big Bonanza as 'Judge' Jasper Kincaid
1944 Wilson as Edward Sullivan
1944 The Fighting Seabees as Sawyer Collins
1943 Action in the North Atlantic as Caviar Jinks
1943 Mr. Lucky as Mr. McDougal
1942 Captains of the Clouds as Foster (storekeeper / Emily's father)
1942 The Vanishing Virginian as John Phelps
1941 The Wolf Man as Charles Conliffe
1941 Appointment for Love as Timothy
1940 The Long Voyage Home as Crimp
1940 Untamed as Angus McGavity
1940 No Time for Comedy as Jim
1940 One Crowded Night as Brother 'Doc' Joseph (patent medicine peddler)
1940 The Sea Hawk as Eli Matson
1940 Curtain Call as Mr. Middleton
1940 Young Tom Edison as Mr. McCarney
1940 Congo Maisie as Captain Finch
1939 Gone with the Wind as Johnny Gallagher
1939 Two Thoroughbreds as Jack Lenihan
1939 Sabotage as Mel
1939 6,000 Enemies as Dan Barrett
1939 The Zero Hour as Timothy
1939 Union Pacific as Monahan
1939 Sorority House as Lew Fisher
1939 Undercover Agent as Tom 'Pop' Madison
1939 The Kid From Texas as Farr
1939 The Flying Irishman as Mr. Clyde Corrigan Sr.
1939 The Great Man Votes as Hot Shot Gillings
1938 Ride A Crooked Mile as Sgt. Flynn
1938 Little Orphan Annie as Tom Jennings
1938 Spring Madness as Mr. Maloney (uncredited)
1937 London by Night as Tims
1936 The Plough and the Stars as Uncle Peter
1936 Lloyd's of London as Brook Watson
1936 The General Died at Dawn as Leach
1936 Spendthrift as Pop O'Connell
1936 Special Investigator as Judge Plumgate
1936 Colleen as Pop Reilly
1936 Laughing Irish Eyes as Tim
1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island as Judge Maiben
1935 A Feather in Her Hat as Pobjoy
1935 Barbary Coast as Judge Harper
1935 Hot Tip as Matt
1935 Werewolf of London as Hawkins
1935 The Informer as Terry
1935 Vanessa: Her Love Story as Perkins (uncredited)
1934 The Fountain as Shordley
1934 The Key as O'Duffy
1934 A Modern Hero as Mr. Ryan
1934 The Lost Patrol as Quincannon
1933 Paddy the Next Best Thing as Collins
1933 A Study in Scarlet as Jabez Wilson
1933 Air Hostess as Pop Kearny
1932 Rockabye as Fagin
1932 Vanity Street as Dan - Irish Cop (uncredited)
1932 Careless Lady as Trowbridge
1931 Charlie Chan in The Black Camel as MacMaster
1931 Don't Bet on Women as Chipley Duff
1930 Lightnin' as Judge Lemuel Townsend
1930 Song o' My Heart as Peter
1930 New Movietone Follies of 1930
1929 Lucky In Love
1923 Little Old New York as John O'Day

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