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Also Known As: Lewis Delaney Offield Died: January 23, 1978
Born: November 12, 1903 Cause of Death: aortic aneurysm
Birth Place: Sedalia, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, clerk

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Delightfully brash character actor of the 1930s and 40s, Oakie was famed for his double-takes and gleeful song-and-dance style. A vaudeville performer from the early 1920s, Oakie first hit Broadway in Mistinguette's "Innocent Eyes" (1924). Talkies proved a boon to Oakie, who was signed by Paramount in 1927 and played wisecracking collegiates in several early musicals (notably "Sweetie", 1929, with Helen Kane).Jack Oakie seemed to turn up in every other film in the 1930s and 40s, usually as the best pal of the leading man (though he himself was the romantic lead in the brilliant "Million Dollar Legs", 1932). Oakie appeared in such films as "Too Much Harmony" and "Alice in Wonderland" (1933), "The Big Broadcast of 1936", "Tin Pan Alley" (1940), and parodying Mussolini in Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" (1940), for which he won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Extremely wealthy, Oakie retired in the late 40s, making only occasional cameo appearances.

Delightfully brash character actor of the 1930s and 40s, Oakie was famed for his double-takes and gleeful song-and-dance style. A vaudeville performer from the early 1920s, Oakie first hit Broadway in Mistinguette's "Innocent Eyes" (1924). Talkies proved a boon to Oakie, who was signed by Paramount in 1927 and played wisecracking collegiates in several early musicals (notably "Sweetie", 1929, with Helen Kane).

Jack Oakie seemed to turn up in every other film in the 1930s and 40s, usually as the best pal of the leading man (though he himself was the romantic lead in the brilliant "Million Dollar Legs", 1932). Oakie appeared in such films as "Too Much Harmony" and "Alice in Wonderland" (1933), "The Big Broadcast of 1936", "Tin Pan Alley" (1940), and parodying Mussolini in Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" (1940), for which he won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Extremely wealthy, Oakie retired in the late 40s, making only occasional cameo appearances.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lover Come Back (1961) J. Paxton Miller
2.
 The Rat Race (1960) Mac Macreavy
3.
 The Wonderful Country (1959) Travis Hight
4.
 Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Captain, S.S. Henrietta
5.
 Tomahawk (1951) Sol Beckworth
6.
 Last of the Buccaneers (1950) Sergeant Dominick
7.
 Thieves' Highway (1949) Slob
8.
 When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) Bozo Evans
9.
 Northwest Stampede (1948) Mike Kirby
10.
 She Wrote the Book (1946) Jerry Marlowe
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Milestones close milestones

:
Raised in Oklahoma
1923:
Broadway debut in "Little Nelly Kelly"
1927:
Film debut, "Finders Keepers"
1928:
Signed with Paramount
1928:
First talking film, "The Dummy"
:
Had his own radio show on WABC
1961:
Last feature film, "Lover Come Back"
1972:
Last TV appearance, on a Johnny Carson special
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Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Joan Crawford. Actor. Dated briefly in the 1920s.
wife:
Venita Varden. Actor. Married in 1936; divorced in 1938; later died in an airplane crash.
wife:
Victoria Horne. Actor. Married from 1950 till his death.

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mother:
Mary Evelyn Offield. Teacher. Founded several schools and taught psychology at Columbia University; appeared in Oakie's film "Too Much Harmony," 1933.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Jack Oakie's Double Takes"

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