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Jimmy Conlin (October 14, 1884 – May 7, 1962) was an American character actor who appeared in almost 150 films in his 32-year career. Conlin was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1884, and his acting career started out in vaudeville, where he and his first wife Myrtle Glass played the Keith-Albee-Orpheum circuits billed as "Conlin & Glass", a song-and-dance team. They also starred together in two short films, Sharps and Flats (1928) and Zip! Boom! Bang! (1929) for Vitaphone.

Conlin made another comedy short without Glass in 1930 (A Tight Squeeze), but his film career started for good in 1933, and for the next 27 years, with the single exception of 1951, every year saw the release of at least one film in which Conlin appeared – at the height of his career, often more than a dozen of them. Recognizable by his small size and odd appearance, Conlin played all sorts of small roles and bit parts, many times not receiving an onscreen credit.

In the 1940s, Conlin was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in nine films written and directed by Sturges. His roles in Sturges' films were often sizable and often came with good billing. One of his best performances came in Sturges' The Sin of Harold Diddlebock in 1946, when he played "Wormy", the racetrack tout who convinces Harold Lloyd to have his first drink, setting off the events of the film. The loyalty between Sturges and Conlin ran both ways, and when the former golden boy of Hollywood fell on hard times, Conlin remained a friend, stayed in contact, and helped out in any way he could.

Conlin did not make many television appearances, but he did have a regular role as a bartender on Duffy's Tavern, a syndicated series from 1954. He made his final film in 1959, when he played a habitual criminal in Anatomy of a Murder.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jimmy Conlin (October 14, 1884 – May 7, 1962) was an American character actor who appeared in almost 150 films in his 32-year career. Conlin was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1884, and his acting career started out in vaudeville, where he and his first wife Myrtle Glass played the Keith-Albee-Orpheum circuits billed as "Conlin & Glass", a song-and-dance team. They also starred together in two short films, Sharps and Flats (1928) and Zip! Boom! Bang! (1929) for Vitaphone.

Conlin made another comedy short without Glass in 1930 (A Tight Squeeze), but his film career started for good in 1933, and for the next 27 years, with the single exception of 1951, every year saw the release of at least one film in which Conlin appeared – at the height of his career, often more than a dozen of them. Recognizable by his small size and odd appearance, Conlin played all sorts of small roles and bit parts, many times not receiving an onscreen credit.

In the 1940s, Conlin was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in nine films written and directed by Sturges. His roles in Sturges' films were often sizable and often came with good billing. One of his best performances came in Sturges' The Sin of Harold Diddlebock in 1946, when he played "Wormy", the racetrack tout who convinces Harold Lloyd to have his first drink, setting off the events of the film. The loyalty between Sturges and Conlin ran both ways, and when the former golden boy of Hollywood fell on hard times, Conlin remained a friend, stayed in contact, and helped out in any way he could.

Conlin did not make many television appearances, but he did have a regular role as a bartender on Duffy's Tavern, a syndicated series from 1954. He made his final film in 1959, when he played a habitual criminal in Anatomy of a Murder.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 87

Birthday 1884-10-14

Day of Death 1962-05-07

Place of Birth Camden, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

  • James Conlin
  • James Conlon
  • Jimmy Conlon

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock as Magruder
1959 Anatomy of a Murder as Clarence Madigan
1953 It Happens Every Thursday as Matthew
1953 The Jazz Singer as Mr. Demming, Photographer
1950 Sideshow as Johnny
1950 Operation Haylift as Ed North
1950 The Great Rupert as Joe Mahoney
1949 The Inspector General as Turnkey (uncredited)
1949 Tulsa as Homer Triplette
1948 Hazard as Manager, Nevada Rest Motel
1947 The Hucksters as Blake - Blue Penguin Inn Proprietor
1947 Seven Keys to Baldpate as Pete the Hermit
1947 Dick Tracy's Dilemma as Sightless
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock as Wormy
1946 Rolling Home as Grandpa Crawford
1946 Blue Skies as Jeffrey - Valet (uncredited)
1946 Whistle Stop as Al - the Barber
1945 Fallen Angel as Walton Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
1945 Bring on the Girls as Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
1944 Hail the Conquering Hero as Judge Dennis
1944 It Happened Tomorrow as Boarding House Tenant
1944 And the Angels Sing as Messenger (uncredited)
1944 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves as Little Thief
1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek as Mayor (uncredited)
1943 Old Acquaintance as Frank - Photographer
1943 Petticoat Larceny as Jitters
1943 Dixie as Publisher (uncredited)
1943 Hitler's Madman as Dvorak - the Shopkeeper
1943 Taxi, Mister as Disgruntled Former Baseball Player for Bay Ridge Turtles
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Bartender at opera (uncredited)
1942 Madame Spy as Winston
1942 The Palm Beach Story as Mr. Asweld
1942 The Forest Rangers as Otto Hanson
1942 Obliging Young Lady as Mr. McIntyre - Linda's Neighbor
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Private Henry Bartholowmew Smith
1942 Woman of the Year as Reporter at Bar
1941 Sullivan's Travels as Trusty
1941 New York Town as Burt the Newsman (uncredited)
1941 The Gay Falcon as Bartender
1941 A Shot in the Dark as Hotel Desk Clerk
1941 The Lady Eve as Third Steward (uncredited)
1941 Ridin' on a Rainbow as Joe
1941 Let's Make Music as Tim
1940 Second Chorus as Mr. Dunn
1940 Christmas in July as Arbuster (uncredited)
1940 Angels Over Broadway as Pawn Shop Proprietor
1940 Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum as Barker
1940 The Great McGinty as The Lookout as le guetteur
1940 The Way of All Flesh as Second Hobo
1940 Florian as Stock Guard
1940 Edison, the Man as Waiter
1940 Two Girls on Broadway as Poem Vendor (uncredited)
1940 King of the Lumberjacks as Jimmy, the Piano Player
1940 My Little Chickadee as Squawk Mulligan - Bartender
1940 Calling Philo Vance as Dr. Doremus - Coroner
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams as Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
1939 $1,000 a Touchdown as Sheriff
1939 No Place to Go as Rivers
1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor as Coroner
1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter as Newspaper Morgue-Keeper (uncredited)
1939 Idiot's Delight as Stagehand
1938 The Shining Hour as Man Shaving on Plane (uncredited)
1938 Hard to Get as Man at Banquet
1938 Broadway Musketeers as Hobart Skinner
1938 Smashing the Rackets as Witness
1938 Prison Farm as Dave, the Grocer
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Motel Proprietor
1938 Torchy Blane in Panama as Botkin (as James Conlon)
1938 Over The Wall as Davis' Handler
1938 He Couldn't Say No as Ambulance Driver
1938 Blondes at Work as Coroner
1938 Mannequin as Elevator Operator (uncredited)
1938 Crashing Hollywood as Crisby
1937 The Adventurous Blonde as Dr. Bolger
1937 Living on Love as Man with Monkey
1937 Captains Courageous as Martin (uncredited)
1937 The Man Who Found Himself as Nosey Watson
1936 The Accusing Finger as Bill Poster
1936 And Sudden Death as Mr. Tweets
1936 Rose Marie as Joe - Piano Player (uncredited)
1935 The Bride Comes Home as Len Noble
1934 She Learned About Sailors as Irate Neighbor
1934 City Limits as Napoleon, Second Hobo
1934 Cross Country Cruise as Sid
1933 College Humor as Dr. Mandel
1933 Grand Slam as Oscar Smelt
1928 Sharps and Flats

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