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Allen Jenkins (April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974) was an American character actor on stage, screen and television. He was born Alfred McGonegal on Staten Island, New York.

He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his first stage appearance, he danced next to James Cagney in a chorus line for an off-Broadway musical called Pitter-Patter. He made five dollars a week. He also appeared one thousand times in Broadway plays between 1924 and 1962, including The Front Page with Lee Tracy (1928). His big break came when he replaced Spencer Tracy for three weeks in the Broadway play The Last Mile.

He was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterwards to Warner Bros. He originated the character of Frankie Wells in the Broadway production of Blessed Event and reprised the role in the film adaptation, both in 1932. With the advent of talking pictures, he made a career out of playing comic henchmen, stooges, policemen and other "tough guys" in numerous films of the 1930s and 1940s, especially for Warner Bros. He was labeled the "greatest scene-stealer of the 1930s" by the New York Times. He voiced the character of "Officer Dibble" on the Hanna-Barbera television cartoon Top Cat and was a regular on the 1956-1957 television situation comedy Hey, Jeannie! (1956), starring Jeannie Carson. He was also a guest star on The Red Skelton Show, I Love Lucy, Playhouse 90, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Zane Grey Theater, and The Sid Caesar Show. Eleven days before his death he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's 1974 film adaptation of The Front Page.

He went public with his alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it. He helped start the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women.

Jenkins, James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh were the original members of the so-called "Irish Mafia". He was the seventh member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Allen Jenkins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Allen Jenkins (April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974) was an American character actor on stage, screen and television. He was born Alfred McGonegal on Staten Island, New York.

He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his first stage appearance, he danced next to James Cagney in a chorus line for an off-Broadway musical called Pitter-Patter. He made five dollars a week. He also appeared one thousand times in Broadway plays between 1924 and 1962, including The Front Page with Lee Tracy (1928). His big break came when he replaced Spencer Tracy for three weeks in the Broadway play The Last Mile.

He was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterwards to Warner Bros. He originated the character of Frankie Wells in the Broadway production of Blessed Event and reprised the role in the film adaptation, both in 1932. With the advent of talking pictures, he made a career out of playing comic henchmen, stooges, policemen and other "tough guys" in numerous films of the 1930s and 1940s, especially for Warner Bros. He was labeled the "greatest scene-stealer of the 1930s" by the New York Times. He voiced the character of "Officer Dibble" on the Hanna-Barbera television cartoon Top Cat and was a regular on the 1956-1957 television situation comedy Hey, Jeannie! (1956), starring Jeannie Carson. He was also a guest star on The Red Skelton Show, I Love Lucy, Playhouse 90, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Zane Grey Theater, and The Sid Caesar Show. Eleven days before his death he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's 1974 film adaptation of The Front Page.

He went public with his alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it. He helped start the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women.

Jenkins, James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh were the original members of the so-called "Irish Mafia". He was the seventh member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Allen Jenkins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 132

Birthday 1900-04-09

Day of Death 1974-07-20

Place of Birth Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Alfred McGonegal

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1974 The Front Page as Telegrapher
1967 The Spy in the Green Hat as Enzo 'Pretty' Stilletto
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 Honey West (1 episode)
1964 Bewitched (4 episodes)
1964 I'd Rather Be Rich as Fred
1964 For Those Who Think Young as Col. Leslie Jenkins (Cronin's business associate)
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods as Vermin Witowski
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1961 Top Cat (30 episodes) as Officer Charlie Dibble
1960 Ocean's Eleven as Police Office (uncredited)
1959 Pillow Talk as Harry
1956 Hey, Jeannie! (26 episodes)
1954 December Bride (1 episode)
1954 The Duke (1 episode) as Johnny
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (1 episode)
1952 Oklahoma Annie as Lou
1952 Chained for Life as Hinkley
1951 Crazy Over Horses as Weepin' Willie
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie (1 episode)
1951 Let's Go Navy! as CPO Mervin Longnecker
1951 I Love Lucy (2 episodes)
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1949 The Big Wheel as George
1949 Bodyhold as Slats Henry
1948 The Inside Story as Eddie
1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet as Farrell
1947 Wild Harvest as Higgins
1947 The Case Of The Baby-Sitter as Howard 'Harvard' Quinlan
1947 The Hat Box Mystery as 'Harvard'
1947 Fun on a Weekend as Joe Morgan
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Nick
1947 Blow-Ups of 1947 as Himself
1946 Singin' in the Corn as Glenn Cummings
1946 The Dark Horse as Willis Trimble
1946 Meet Me on Broadway as Deacon McGill
1945 Lady on a Train as Danny (Waring chauffeur)
1945 Wonder Man as Chimp
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Allen Jenkins
1943 Three Cheers for the Girls as Marine Sergeant in Chorus (film clip) (archive footage) (uncredited)
1942 Eyes in the Night as Marty
1942 They All Kissed the Bride as Johnny Johnson
1942 Maisie Gets Her Man as 'Pappy' Goodring
1942 The Falcon Takes Over as Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
1942 Tortilla Flat as Portagee Joe
1942 A Date with the Falcon as Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke
1941 Ball of Fire as Garbage Man
1941 Go West, Young Lady as Hank
1941 The Gay Falcon as Jonathan G. 'Goldie' Locke
1941 Dive Bomber as Lucky James
1941 Time Out for Rhythm as Off-Beat Davis
1941 Footsteps in the Dark as Wilfred
1940 Tin Pan Alley as Casey
1940 Meet the Wildcat as Max Schwydel
1940 Margie as Kenneth
1940 Brother Orchid as Willie 'The Knife' Corson
1940 Breakdowns of 1940 as Himself
1940 Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love! as Ed aka The Weasel
1939 Destry Rides Again as Gyp Watson
1939 Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite as Lt. Steve McBride
1939 Five Came Back as Peter 'Pete'
1939 Naughty But Nice as Joe Dirk
1939 Sweepstakes Winner as Xerxes 'Tip' Bailey
1938 Going Places as Droopy
1938 Heart of the North as Corporal Bill Hardsock
1938 Hard to Get as Roscoe
1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse as Okay
1938 Racket Busters as 'Skeets' Wilson
1938 Gold Diggers in Paris as Duke 'Dukie' Dennis
1938 Fools for Scandal as Dewey Gibson
1938 A Slight Case of Murder as Mike
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1938 Swing Your Lady as Shiner Ward
1937 Sh! The Octopus as Dempsey
1937 The Perfect Specimen as Pinky
1937 Dead End as Hunk
1937 Dance Charlie Dance as Alf Morgan
1937 Talent Scout as Benefit Show Guest (archive footage)
1937 Ever Since Eve as Jake Edgall
1937 Marry the Girl as Specs
1937 The Singing Marine as Sergeant Mike
1937 Marked Woman as Louie
1937 Ready, Willing and Able as J. Van Courtland
1937 Breakdowns of 1937 as Himself
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Himself
1936 Sing Me a Love Song as Chris Cross
1936 Three Men on a Horse as Charlie
1936 Cain and Mabel as Dodo
1936 Sins of Man as Crusty
1936 The Singing Kid as Joe Eddy
1935 Miss Pacific Fleet as Bernard 'Kewpie' Wiggins
1935 Broadway Hostess as Fishcake Carter
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 The Case of the Lucky Legs as Spudsy
1935 I Live For Love as Mac
1935 Page Miss Glory as Petey
1935 The Irish in Us as Carbarn Hammerschlog
1935 The Case of the Curious Bride as Spudsy
1935 A Night at the Ritz as Gyp Beagle
1935 While the Patient Slept as Police Sgt. Jim Jackson
1935 Sweet Music as Barney Cowan
1934 The St. Louis Kid as Buck Willetts
1934 Happiness Ahead as Chuck
1934 The Case of the Howling Dog as Sgt. Holcomb
1934 The Merry Frinks as Emmett Frink
1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts as Pete
1934 Whirlpool as Mac
1934 Jimmy the Gent as Lou
1934 I've Got Your Number as John 'Johnny'
1934 Bedside as Sam Sparks
1934 The Big Shakedown as Lefty
1933 Havana Widows as Herman Brody
1933 Bureau of Missing Persons as Detective Joe Musik
1933 The Mayor of Hell as Mike
1933 Professional Sweetheart as O'Connor
1933 The Silk Express as Robert 'Rusty' Griffith
1933 Tomorrow at Seven as Dugan
1933 The Mind Reader as Frank
1933 The Keyhole as Hank Wales
1933 42nd Street as Mac Elroy
1933 Blondie Johnson as Louis
1933 Employees' Entrance as Sweeney
1933 Hard to Handle as radio announcer
1933 Lawyer Man as Izzy Levine
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Barney Sykes
1932 Three on a Match as Dick
1932 Rackety Rax as Mike Dumphy
1932 Blessed Event as Frankie Wells
1932 Grand Hotel as Hotel Meat Packer (uncredited)

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