Biography

Though he was the youngest, Jordan was the first of the boys who made up the Dead End Kids to work in films with a role in a 1933 Universal short. In 1935, he became one of the original Dead End Kids by winning the role of Angel in Sydney Kingsley's Broadway drama Dead End about life in the slums of the east side of New York City. The play was performed at the Belasco Theatre and ran for three years with over 600 performances. He appeared for the first season and the beginning of the second but left in mid-November 1936. He returned in time to join the others in 1937 in Hollywood, California to make the movie version of the play, starring big names such as Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney, and Claire Trevor.

Following the making of Dead End, Jordan found himself "released" from his contract at Goldwyn, and, subsequently, he appeared at Warner Brothers with the rest of the Dead End Kids. After one year, Warners released most of them, but kept Leo Gorcey and Jordan as solo performers. Jordan appeared (as "Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom") in Warner's Damon Runyon comedy A Slight Case of Murder (1938) and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Young Tom Edison (1940).

In 1940, Jordan appeared in the film Military Academy and accepted an offer from producer Sam Katzman to star in a new tough-kid series called "The East Side Kids." Leo Gorcey soon joined him, then Huntz Hall, and the trio continued to lead the series through 1943, when Jordan entered the United States Army during World War II as a foot soldier in the 97th Infantry Division. He was subsequently involved in an elevator accident, when the elevator fell five floors, that forced him to have surgery to remove his right kneecap.

Though he was the youngest, Jordan was the first of the boys who made up the Dead End Kids to work in films with a role in a 1933 Universal short. In 1935, he became one of the original Dead End Kids by winning the role of Angel in Sydney Kingsley's Broadway drama Dead End about life in the slums of the east side of New York City. The play was performed at the Belasco Theatre and ran for three years with over 600 performances. He appeared for the first season and the beginning of the second but left in mid-November 1936. He returned in time to join the others in 1937 in Hollywood, California to make the movie version of the play, starring big names such as Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney, and Claire Trevor.

Following the making of Dead End, Jordan found himself "released" from his contract at Goldwyn, and, subsequently, he appeared at Warner Brothers with the rest of the Dead End Kids. After one year, Warners released most of them, but kept Leo Gorcey and Jordan as solo performers. Jordan appeared (as "Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom") in Warner's Damon Runyon comedy A Slight Case of Murder (1938) and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Young Tom Edison (1940).

In 1940, Jordan appeared in the film Military Academy and accepted an offer from producer Sam Katzman to star in a new tough-kid series called "The East Side Kids." Leo Gorcey soon joined him, then Huntz Hall, and the trio continued to lead the series through 1943, when Jordan entered the United States Army during World War II as a foot soldier in the 97th Infantry Division. He was subsequently involved in an elevator accident, when the elevator fell five floors, that forced him to have surgery to remove his right kneecap.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1923-04-01

Day of Death 1965-09-10

Place of Birth Harrison, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Bob Jordan
  • Robert Jordon
  • Robert G. Jordan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 M Squad (1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1956 The Man Is Armed as Thorne (as Bob Jordan)
1956 State Trooper (1 episode)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1953 The Eddie Cantor Story as Customer (uncredited)
1953 Secret of Outlaw Flats as Sandy Smith
1951 Dragnet (2 episodes)
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie (1 episode)
1951 The Fat Man as Bellhop (uncredited)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (4 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1949 Treasure of Monte Cristo as Tony Torecelli
1947 Bowery Buckaroos as Bobby
1947 News Hounds as Bobby
1947 Hard Boiled Mahoney as Bobby
1947 The Beginning or the End as Radioman on Tinian Receiving A-Bomb Message
1946 Mr. Hex as Bobby
1946 Spook Busters as Bobby
1946 Bowery Bombshell as Bobby
1946 In Fast Company as Bobby
1946 Live Wires as Bobby
1944 Bowery Champs as Bobby Jordan
1943 Adventures of the Flying Cadets as Jinx Roberts
1943 Destroyer as Sobbing Sailor
1943 Ghosts on the Loose as Danny
1943 Clancy Street Boys as Danny
1943 Keep 'em Slugging as Tommy
1943 Kid Dynamite as Danny Lions
1942 Junior Army as Jockey
1942 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge as Danny
1942 Smart Alecks as Danny Stevens
1942 Let's Get Tough as Danny Connors
1942 Mr. Wise Guy as Danny Collins
1941 Spooks Run Wild as Danny
1941 Bowery Blitzkrieg as Danny Breslin
1941 Flying Wild as Danny Graham
1940 Give Us Wings as Rap
1940 Pride of the Bowery as Danny
1940 That Gang of Mine as Danny Dolan
1940 Military Academy as Dick Hill
1940 You're Not So Tough as Rap
1940 Boys of the City as Danny Dolan
1940 Young Tom Edison as Joe 'Joey' Dingle
1939 On Dress Parade as Cadet Ronny Morgan
1939 Dust Be My Destiny as Jimmy Glenn
1939 Angels Wash Their Faces as Bernie Smith
1939 Hell's Kitchen as Joel "Joey" Richards
1939 They Made Me a Criminal as Angel
1939 Off the Record as Mickey Fallon
1938 Angels with Dirty Faces as Swing
1938 My Bill as Reginald Colbrook
1938 Crime School as Lester 'Squirt' Smith
1938 A Slight Case of Murder as Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom
1938 Swingtime in the Movies as Crime School Kid (uncredited)
1937 Dead End as Angel
1934 Kid Millions as Tourist

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