James Flavin

James Flavin

American character actor whose career lasted nearly half a century. James Wilson Flavin Jr. was the son of a hotel waiter of Canadian-English extraction and a mother, Katherine, whose father was an Irish immigrant. (Thus Flavin, well-known in Hollywood as an "Irish" type, was only one-quarter Irish.) Flavin was born and raised in Portland, Maine (a fact that may have enrichened his later working relationship with director John Ford, also a Portland native). He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, but (contrary to some sources) did not graduate. Instead he dropped out and returned to Portland where he drove a taxi. Then as now, summer stock companies flocked to Maine each year, and in 1929 he was asked to fill in for an actor. He did well with the part and the company manager offered him $150 per week to go with the troupe back to New York. Flavin accepted and by the spring of 1930 was living in a rooming house at 108 W. 87th Street in Manhattan. Flavin didn't manage to crack Broadway at this time (his Broadway debut would not occur for another thirty-nine years, in the 1971 revival of "The Front Page," in which Flavin played Murphy and briefly took over the lead role of Walter Burns from star Robert Ryan). He worked his way across the country in stock productions and tours, arriving in Los Angeles around 1932. He quickly made the transition to movies, landing the lead in his very first film, a Universal serial, The Airmail Mystery (1932). He also landed his leading lady, marrying the serial's female star Lucile Browne that same year. However, the serial marked virtually the last time that Flavin would play the lead in a film. Thereafter, he was restricted almost exclusively to supporting characters, many of them without so much as a name. He specialized in uniformed cops and hard-bitten detectives, but played chauffeurs, cabbies, and even a 16th-century palace guard with aplomb. Flavin appeared in nearly four hundred films between 1932 and 1971, and in almost a hundred television episodes before his final appearance, as President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976). Flavin died of a heart ailment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 23, 1976. His widow Lucile died seventeen days later. They were survived by their son, William James Flavin, subsequently a professor at the United States Army War College. James and Lucile Brown Flavin were buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Birthday
    5/14/1906
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7.6
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The Most Dangerous Game
6.9
Blondie Hits the Jackpot
Blondie Hits the Jackpot
6.5
The Great Profile
The Great Profile
6.3
Armored Car Robbery
Armored Car Robbery
6.5
Night Passage
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6.3
Mannequin
Mannequin
6.1
Nora Prentiss
Nora Prentiss
5.9
Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Charlie Chan at the Race Track
7.3
Nobody Lives Forever
Nobody Lives Forever
6.2
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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
5.6
Desert Fury
Desert Fury
6
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
7.1
Destination Murder
Destination Murder
5.1
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Alexander's Ragtime Band
6.6
Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger
6.4
The Airmail Mystery
The Airmail Mystery
0
The Shanghai Cobra
The Shanghai Cobra
5.8
Hot News
Hot News
5
Footsteps in the Night
Footsteps in the Night
5.3
Fingers at the Window
Fingers at the Window
5.4
Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young
6.3
Homicide
Homicide
5.3
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
7.5
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
7.1
Belle Starr
Belle Starr
5.6
The Night of January 16th
The Night of January 16th
5
Man on the Flying Trapeze
Man on the Flying Trapeze
5.9
Mr. Wong in Chinatown
Mr. Wong in Chinatown
5.4
Francis in the Haunted House
Francis in the Haunted House
5.1
The Naked Street
The Naked Street
6.1
So Proudly We Hail
So Proudly We Hail
5.5
One Touch of Venus
One Touch of Venus
6.5
I Dood It
I Dood It
4
The Missing Lady
The Missing Lady
4.5
Riot Squad
Riot Squad
4.5
Prison Warden
Prison Warden
1
Never Say Goodbye
Never Say Goodbye
6.6
Abroad with Two Yanks
Abroad with Two Yanks
6
Hold That Hypnotist
Hold That Hypnotist
5.1
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Murder on the Waterfront
5
Boys' Ranch
Boys' Ranch
6.5
The Cisco Kid and the Lady
The Cisco Kid and the Lady
4.9
They All Come Out
They All Come Out
5.6
Apache Ambush
Apache Ambush
5.6
The Brand of Hate
The Brand of Hate
4.5
Follow the Sun
Follow the Sun
7
We Go Fast
We Go Fast
6.2
Convicts at Large
0
Irish Luck
Irish Luck
5.3
Anchors Aweigh
Anchors Aweigh
6.8
Hello, Sister!
Hello, Sister!
5.9
Lightning Carson Rides Again
Lightning Carson Rides Again
5.8
While New York Sleeps
While New York Sleeps
0
Massacre Canyon
Massacre Canyon
5
The Eddie Cantor Story
The Eddie Cantor Story
5
Oh! Susanna
Oh! Susanna
5
Operation Pacific
Operation Pacific
6
A Yank on the Burma Road
A Yank on the Burma Road
4
The Devil's Pipeline
The Devil's Pipeline
6
Sleep, My Love
Sleep, My Love
6.3
They Met in a Taxi
They Met in a Taxi
6
Woman Wanted
Woman Wanted
6.3
My Dear Miss Aldrich
My Dear Miss Aldrich
6.1
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Midnight Taxi
5
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5.8
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Blondie
7.1
Night Spot
Night Spot
4.7
Tell No Tales
Tell No Tales
5.3
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Everybody's Doing It
5
According to Mrs. Hoyle
According to Mrs. Hoyle
5
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Start Cheering
7
Broadway Melody of 1940
Broadway Melody of 1940
6.7
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Good Times
5
Jesse James
Jesse James
6.4
The Ice Follies of 1939
The Ice Follies of 1939
5.6
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
6.5
Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
6
They Shall Have Music
They Shall Have Music
5.9
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
5.5
Each Dawn I Die
Each Dawn I Die
6.7
Sergeant Madden
Sergeant Madden
6
Fast and Furious
Fast and Furious
5.2
The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties
7.5
The Wild Man of Borneo
The Wild Man of Borneo
6.5
Lucky Cisco Kid
Lucky Cisco Kid
5.6
South of Pago Pago
South of Pago Pago
4.8
Secrets of Chinatown
Secrets of Chinatown
4.5
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
7.8
Air Force
Air Force
6.3
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You Can't Take It with You
7.5
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Dangerously Yours
6
Uncertain Glory
Uncertain Glory
6.6
Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce
7.6
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6
Remember the Night
Remember the Night
7.4
The Fighting 69th
The Fighting 69th
5.4
Sentimental Journey
Sentimental Journey
6.4
Brother Orchid
Brother Orchid
6.4
The Daring Young Man
The Daring Young Man
0
Hold Back the Dawn
Hold Back the Dawn
6.5
Bungalow 13
1
Dakota Lil
Dakota Lil
5
Laura
Laura
7.6
Johnny Apollo
Johnny Apollo
6.7
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Everybody's Baby
0
Ship of Wanted Men
Ship of Wanted Men
2
Thru Different Eyes
Thru Different Eyes
0
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When the Daltons Rode
6
Ride on Vaquero
Ride on Vaquero
4.2
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6.3
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Code of the Streets
7
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Baby Take a Bow
5.5
Gateway
Gateway
6.5
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6.2
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I Beheld His Glory
0
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident
0
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Gentleman Jim
7.1
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Tin Pan Alley
5
The Long Voyage Home
The Long Voyage Home
6.5
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Castle on the Hudson
6.8
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It All Came True
5.6
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Knute Rockne All American
5.9
Florian
Florian
1
The Golden Fleecing
The Golden Fleecing
5.3
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The Ghost Breakers
6.4
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Rhythm on the River
7
The Way of All Flesh
The Way of All Flesh
4
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Women Without Names
4.8
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And One Was Beautiful
6.2
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Girl in 313
5.6
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Angel on My Shoulder
6.3
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Rock Island Trail
6
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Robin Hood Of Texas
0
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Chinatown Squad
6
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7.5
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Captain Hurricane
4.5
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Trouble Along the Way
6
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Tough as They Come
0
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5.7
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Western Union
6
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Ride 'Em Cowboy
5.8
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Texas
6.5
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Ten Gentlemen from West Point
5.8
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Star of Texas
0
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Johnny Rocco
5.2
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Shockproof
6.4
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Big Town Czar
0
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Big Town Girl
6
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Double Alibi
4.5
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New York Town
10
Dangerous Number
Dangerous Number
5
Angel's Holiday
Angel's Holiday
5.5
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Shipmates Forever
6.5
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I Wake Up Screaming
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Million Dollar Mermaid
6.4
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Fighting Coast Guard
6.5
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4.7
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5.8
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6.5
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Affectionately Yours
4
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Song of the Thin Man
6.8
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Action in the North Atlantic
7
Hot Water
Hot Water
5
Corvette K-225
Corvette K-225
6.2
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The Big Race
0
Circumstantial Evidence
Circumstantial Evidence
4.8
Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait
6.9
Something to Shout About
Something to Shout About
5.8
Mission to Moscow
Mission to Moscow
5.2
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Rendezvous with Annie
6
I Promise to Pay
I Promise to Pay
5.5
Murder, He Says
Murder, He Says
6.6
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Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President
2
Strange Affair
Strange Affair
6.2
Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday
6.8
The Duke of West Point
The Duke of West Point
3.8
Public Hero Number 1
Public Hero Number 1
6.2
'G' Men
'G' Men
6.5
Hollywood Canteen
Hollywood Canteen
7.3
Special Agent
Special Agent
6.6
My Favorite Brunette
My Favorite Brunette
6.7
Dishonored Lady
Dishonored Lady
5.7
Buck Privates
Buck Privates
6.6
It Ain't Hay
It Ain't Hay
6.5
Night in New Orleans
Night in New Orleans
4
Over 21
Over 21
4.7
Mister Roberts
Mister Roberts
7
The Noose Hangs High
The Noose Hangs High
6.8
Pot o' Gold
Pot o' Gold
5.5
Private Affairs
Private Affairs
0
You Only Live Once
You Only Live Once
7.1
Riding High
Riding High
4
The Spider
The Spider
5.3
The Restless Breed
The Restless Breed
6
My Man Godfrey
My Man Godfrey
7.6
Joe Palooka in the Knockout
Joe Palooka in the Knockout
6
Rhubarb
Rhubarb
5.5
Young Widow
Young Widow
4.8
Ziegfeld Girl
Ziegfeld Girl
6.5
Okay, America!
Okay, America!
8
Kid Glove Killer
Kid Glove Killer
6.2
Beloved
Beloved
0
Mickey the Kid
Mickey the Kid
0
Queen of the Mob
Queen of the Mob
4.5
The All-American
The All-American
5
Swing Shift Maisie
Swing Shift Maisie
6.5
Secret Service Investigator
Secret Service Investigator
6
The Velvet Touch
The Velvet Touch
6.1
Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
7.1
Step by Step
Step by Step
6.2
Hot Steel
Hot Steel
0
Test Pilot
Test Pilot
6.6
South Sea Sinner
South Sea Sinner
5
The Last Hurrah
The Last Hurrah
7.1
Youth Will Be Served
Youth Will Be Served
1
My Girl Tisa
My Girl Tisa
0
One Way Ticket
One Way Ticket
5
Three Loves Has Nancy
Three Loves Has Nancy
4.2
The Devil's Henchman
The Devil's Henchman
6
The Savage Horde
The Savage Horde
5.8
McKenna of the Mounted
McKenna of the Mounted
0
Kathleen
Kathleen
5
Wild Gold
Wild Gold
0
The Further Adventures of Gallegher
The Further Adventures of Gallegher
0
How to Behave
How to Behave
7
Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
6.5
Law and Order
Law and Order
0
Wives Under Suspicion
Wives Under Suspicion
5.4
Girls Can Play
Girls Can Play
4
Mississippi Rhythm
Mississippi Rhythm
0
The Affairs of Cellini
The Affairs of Cellini
4.6
Manhattan Heartbeat
Manhattan Heartbeat
0
Carrie
Carrie
6.5
I Am the Law
I Am the Law
6.6
Bedtime Story
Bedtime Story
6.1
Unconquered
Unconquered
6.2
Manpower
Manpower
6.8
Confidentially Connie
Confidentially Connie
5.3
Here Come the Marines
Here Come the Marines
6
Wild Is the Wind
Wild Is the Wind
6.8
Cheyenne Autumn
Cheyenne Autumn
6.7
Born to Be Wild
Born to Be Wild
0
Dragonfly Squadron
Dragonfly Squadron
6
Sailor Beware
Sailor Beware
6.1
God Is My Co-Pilot
God Is My Co-Pilot
7
The Murder Man
The Murder Man
7
Rendezvous
Rendezvous
4.8
Flamingo Road
Flamingo Road
7
O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House
6.3
Pot o' Gold
Pot o' Gold
5.5
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
6.3
Back Street
Back Street
6.1
Christmas Holiday
Christmas Holiday
6.4
A Stolen Life
A Stolen Life
6.5
When Willie Comes Marching Home
When Willie Comes Marching Home
7
Miracle Money
Miracle Money
4
Saboteur
Saboteur
6.9
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