Jay C. Flippen


Actor
Jay C. Flippen

About

Also Known As
J. C. Flippen
Birth Place
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Born
March 06, 1899
Died
February 03, 1971
Cause of Death
Complications During Surgery For Internal Hemorrhaging

Biography

The grizzled face of character actor Jay C. Flippen was familiar to audiences of Hollywood's Golden Age as he appeared in more than 60 films in a career that spanned more than 40 years. With his bulldog jowls and arching eyebrows, he was often cast in roles as gruff or even villainous characters, yet Flippen's background was in comedy, having worked in vaudeville and minstrel shows befor...

Family & Companions

Ruth Brooks
Wife
Screenwriter. Survived him.

Biography

The grizzled face of character actor Jay C. Flippen was familiar to audiences of Hollywood's Golden Age as he appeared in more than 60 films in a career that spanned more than 40 years. With his bulldog jowls and arching eyebrows, he was often cast in roles as gruff or even villainous characters, yet Flippen's background was in comedy, having worked in vaudeville and minstrel shows before moving into radio and onto Broadway. He made his film debut in a largely forgotten comedy short called "Home Edition" in 1929, but it wasn't until the latter half of the '40s that his film career began to take off. In the 1950s, he appeared in nearly 40 films and successfully broke into television; he went on to make guest appearances on TV throughout his career. Flippen, a reliable supporting actor, appeared alongside legendary screen star James Stewart in eight films, many of which were westerns like the classic "Winchester '73." Yet Flippen took on a wide array of genres during his career, from the Stanley Kubrick film noir "The Killing," to the classic Marlon Brando motorcycle gang drama "The Wild One," to the western musical "Oklahoma!" In his later years, he suffered from illness but continued performing even after having a leg amputated. Flippen's career drew its final curtain in 1971, when the beloved character actor died of an aneurysm. He was survived by his wife of 25 years, screenwriter Ruth Brooks Flippen.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Seven Minutes (1971)
Luther Yerkes
Sam Hill: Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (1971)
Firecreek (1968)
Mr. Pittman
Hellfighters (1968)
Jack Lomax
The Spirit Is Willing (1967)
"Mother"
Cat Ballou (1965)
Sheriff Cardigan
Looking for Love (1964)
Mr. Ralph Front
How the West Was Won (1963)
Huggins
The Plunderers (1960)
Sheriff Tom McCauley
Studs Lonigan (1960)
Father Gilhooey
Wild River (1960)
Hamilton Garth
From Hell to Texas (1958)
Jake Leffertfinger
Escape from Red Rock (1958)
Sheriff John Costaine
Run of the Arrow (1957)
Walking Coyote
The Deerslayer (1957)
Old Tom Hutter
The Restless Breed (1957)
Marshal [Steve] Evans
The Midnight Story (1957)
Sgt. Jack Gillen
Jet Pilot (1957)
Maj. Gen. Black
Night Passage (1957)
Ben Kimball
Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957)
Lt. Ross Qualen
Hot Summer Night (1957)
Oren Kobble
The Halliday Brand (1957)
Chad Burris
7th Cavalry (1956)
Sergeant Bates
The Killing (1956)
Marvin Unger
The King and Four Queens (1956)
Bartender
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Charles Z. Culloran
The Far Country (1955)
Rube
Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
Vincent Concannon
Man Without a Star (1955)
Strap Davis
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Tom Doyle
Kismet (1955)
Jawan
Oklahoma! (1955)
Skidmore
The Wild One (1954)
Sheriff Singer
Carnival Story (1954)
Charley Grayson
Thunder Bay (1953)
Kermit MacDonough
Devil's Canyon (1953)
Captain Wells
East of Sumatra (1953)
Mac
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
Sheriff Harris
The Model and the Marriage Broker (1952)
Dan Chancellor
Woman of the North Country (1952)
Axel Nordlund
Bend of the River (1952)
Jeremy Baile
The Lady from Texas (1951)
Sheriff Mike McShane
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
Straight Flush
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Sven Norson
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Line Chief Clancy
Winchester '73 (1950)
Sgt. Wilkes
Love That Brute (1950)
Biff Sage
Buccaneer's Girl (1950)
Jared Hawkins
Two Flags West (1950)
Sgt. Terrance Duffy
The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
Hugo
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)
Luke Sewell
A Woman's Secret (1949)
[Inspector] Fowler
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949)
Lippy [Brannigan]
They Live by Night (1949)
[Henry] T-Dub [Mansfield]
Brute Force (1947)
Hodges
Intrigue (1947)
Mike, bartender
Marie Galante (1934)
Sailor
Million Dollar Ransom (1934)
Singer
Mr. Broadway (1933)
At the Central Park Casino

Cast (Special)

The Dean Jones Show (1965)
Cappy Skidmore; Alec'S Landlord
Gentry's People (1959)
Sergeant Nelson (Guest)

Life Events

1920

First role on Broadway

Photo Collections

7th Cavalry - Publicity Stills
7th Cavalry - Publicity Stills

Videos

Movie Clip

They Live By Night (1949) - They're Thieves, Just Like Us Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell) fetches Bowie (Farley Granger), injured and left behind after the jailbreak, to his fellow thieves, her uncle Chickamaw (Howard da Silva) and T-Dub (Jay C. Flippen), and her own crook father (Will Wright), the first meeting of the principals, in Nicholas Ray's They Live by Night, 1949.
Run Of The Arrow (1957) - Another Sioux Post Office Recalcitrant ex-Confederate soldier O'Meara (Rod Steiger) is learning Indian ways from Sioux trail buddy and ex-Union scout Walking Coyote (Jay C. Flippen) as they travel west, when they're intercepted by H.M. Wynant (as Crazy Wolf) and his crew, in Samuel Fuller's Run Of The Arrow, 1957.
Woman's Secret, A (1949) - Genius, Would You Say? Having confessed to a shooting, Marian (Maureen O'Hara) tells cop Fowler (Jay. C Flippen) she only wants to call her friend Luke (Melvyn Douglas), introduced appearing on a radio quiz show, in Nicholas Ray's A Woman's Secret, 1949.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) - Three Beers Nicely staged urban crime by director John Sturges, photographed by John Alton, character actor Jay C. Flippen the sailor-bystander who will turn up later, opening The People Against O'Hara, 1951.
Killing, The (1956) - He Was Totally Disinterested Following credits at the Bay Meadows track in San Mateo, California, director Stanley Kubrick with Art Gilmore’s narration, written by Jim Thompson from the Lionel White novel, introducing conspirators Jay C. Flippen, Joe Sawyer the barkeep, Elisha Cook at the window, in The Killing, 1956.
Killing, The (1956) - These Two Other Guys Ex-con Johnny (Sterling Hayden) briefing his cohorts, Joe Sawyer as Mike, Ted de Corsia as cop Randy, Jay C. Flippen as Marvin and Elisha Cook as racetrack employee George, whose wife Sherry (Marie Windsor) turns out to be listening-in, in Stanley Kubrick’s heist drama The Killing, 1956.
Cat Ballou (1965) - You'll Never Make Me Cry When cantankerous Frank Ballou (John Marley) gets shot by Tim "Silvernose" Strawn (Lee Marvin), daughter Catherine (Jane Fonda) races into town and confronts Strawn and Sheriff Cardigan (Jay C. Flippen), in Cat Ballou, 1965.
Winchester '73 - Shiloh And Bull Run Lin and High Spade (James Stewart, Millard Mitchell) continuing their trek at night, encounter Indians, then Cavalry commanded by Wilkes (Jay C. Flippen), also acquaintance Lola (Shelley Winters) and her beau Steve (Charles Drake), trouble brewing, in Anthony Mann's Winchester '73, 1950.
They Live by Night (1949) - Opening, This Boy And This Girl The unorthodox and violent opening from the first feature directed by one of Hollywood's least conventional directors, Cathy O'Donnell with Farley Granger, then Howard da Silva and Jay C. Flippen, in Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night, 1949.
Bend Of The River (1952) - What Law? McLyntock (James Stewart) tangles with the miners (Jack Lambert, Henry Morgan) trying to get out of hauling supplies from the riverboat to the settlement, backed up by Cole and Wilson (Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson), Julia Adams and her dad (Jay C. Flippen) joining the wagon train, in Anthony Mann’s Bend Of The River, 1952.
Far Country, The (1955) - The Dignity Of The Occasion Just docked in Skagway, Alaska with his cattle from Wyoming, James Stewart as Jeff Webster, fleeing a trumped-up murder charge, encounters the local law (John McIntire as “Judge” Gannon), rescued by his partners (Walter Brennan, Jay C. Flippen), Ruth Roman with ironic observations, early in Anthony Mann’s The Far Country, 1955.
Wild River (1960) - What's Senile? New Tennessee Valley Authority rep Glover (Montgomery Clift) has just met the Garth brothers (J.C. Flippen, James Westerfield and musician Big Jeff Bess as Joe John), whose mother won’t sell their island so the new dam can be closed to form the lake, in Elia Kazan’s Wild River, 1960.

Trailer

Companions

Ruth Brooks
Wife
Screenwriter. Survived him.

Bibliography