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Also Known As: Died: July 19, 1974
Born: November 8, 1924 Cause of Death: Heart attack
Birth Place: Youngstown, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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Joe Flynn was an omnipresent comic character actor in the 1960s and 70s, appearing in numerous Disney productions and the hit military comedy "McHale's Navy." Originally from Ohio, Flynn served three years in the Army before completing his education, studying drama but majoring in political science. Flynn performed in theater and on radio, also unsuccessfully running for the Senate on the Republican ticket in Ohio in 1950. Flynn landed small character roles in television and film in 50s, including work on two films directed by Jack Webb. Starting in 1960, he found a recurring role on "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," playing the son David's ornery boss, Mr. Kelley, and later appeared during the first season of "The Joey Bishop Show." But in 1962, he landed the role he was best known for, the cantankerous Navy Captain Wallace B. Binghamton on "McHale's Navy." The show lasted four seasons, including two feature films in 1964 and 1965, making Joe Flynn an in-demand comic actor. Through the late '60s to the mid-1970s, Flynn played comic villains in numerous Disney family films, including "The Love Bug" in 1968. He played the irascible college head Dean Higgins in a trio of comic fantasies starring a...

Joe Flynn was an omnipresent comic character actor in the 1960s and 70s, appearing in numerous Disney productions and the hit military comedy "McHale's Navy." Originally from Ohio, Flynn served three years in the Army before completing his education, studying drama but majoring in political science. Flynn performed in theater and on radio, also unsuccessfully running for the Senate on the Republican ticket in Ohio in 1950. Flynn landed small character roles in television and film in 50s, including work on two films directed by Jack Webb. Starting in 1960, he found a recurring role on "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," playing the son David's ornery boss, Mr. Kelley, and later appeared during the first season of "The Joey Bishop Show." But in 1962, he landed the role he was best known for, the cantankerous Navy Captain Wallace B. Binghamton on "McHale's Navy." The show lasted four seasons, including two feature films in 1964 and 1965, making Joe Flynn an in-demand comic actor. Through the late '60s to the mid-1970s, Flynn played comic villains in numerous Disney family films, including "The Love Bug" in 1968. He played the irascible college head Dean Higgins in a trio of comic fantasies starring a young Kurt Russell: 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes," 1972's "Now You See Him, Now You Don't," and 1975's "The World's Strongest Man." Flynn was found dead in his swimming pool in 1974, the suspected victim of a heart attack.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rescuers, The (1977) Voice Of Mr Snoops
2.
 The Strongest Man in the World (1975) Dean Higgins
3.
 Superdad (1974) Cyrus Hershberger
4.
 Girl Most Likely To..., The (1973) Dr Green
5.
 Camper John (1973)
6.
 Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) Dean [Eugene] Higgins
7.
 The Million Dollar Duck (1971) Finley Hooper
8.
 How to Frame a Figg (1971) Kermit Sanderson
9.
 The Barefoot Executive (1971) Francis X. Wilbanks
10.
 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970) Dean Higgins
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Education

University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame, Indiana -

Notes

It was during Flynn's stint as president of the Screen Actors Guild that actors won the right to receive residual payments for rebroadcasts of TV programming and feature films on TV. Some say the strain of the negotiations towards that end contributed to Flynn's death by heart attack at age 49.

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