Joe Flynn


Actor

About

Birth Place
Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Born
November 08, 1924
Died
July 19, 1974
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

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 th...

Photos & Videos

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes - Pressbook
The Love Bug - Movie Poster
The Barefoot Executive - Movie Poster

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.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Rescuers (1977)
Voice
The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
Superdad (1974)
Cyrus Hershberger
Camper John (1973)
The Girl Most Likely To... (1973)
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)
Dean [Eugene] Higgins
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
Francis X. Wilbanks
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
Kermit Sanderson
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Finley Hooper
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970)
Dean Higgins
The Love Bug (1969)
Havershaw
Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? (1968)
Hubert Shelton
Divorce American Style (1967)
Lionel Blandsforth
McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)
Capt. Wallace Burton Binghamton
McHale's Navy (1964)
Capt. Wallace Burton Binghamton
Lover Come Back (1961)
Hadley
Cry for Happy (1961)
McIntosh
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
Pvt. Russell Drexel
The Police Dog Story (1961)
Collins
Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
Usher who fires Johnny
-30- (1959)
Hy Shapiro
-30- (1959)
This Happy Feeling (1958)
Dr. McCafferty
Portland Exposé (1957)
Ted Carl
Panama Sal (1957)
Barrington C. Ashbrook
The Boss (1956)
Ernie Jackson
The Steel Jungle (1956)
Marlin's henchman
Trial (1955)
Speakers bureau
The Seven Little Foys (1955)
Priest
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Man in car

Cast (Special)

Ready and Willing (1974)
The Barbara Eden Show (1973)
An Amateur's Guide to Love (1971)
Host
Ver-r-r-ry Interesting (1971)

Art Department (Special)

Paul McCartney: Live in the New World (1993)
Graphics
The 1992 Winter Olympics (1992)
Electronic Graphics

Misc. Crew (Special)

Robbie Knievel Head on Train Jump Live (2000)
Other

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
The Love Bug - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's The Love Bug (1969). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Barefoot Executive - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's The Barefoot Executive (1971). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Son Of Flubber (1963) - Flubberoleum Upon watching a sales film for a prospective Flubber-based floor product, Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) blows it with financier Hurley (Ken Murray) in Disney's Son of Flubber, 1963.
Divorce American Style (1967) - Stop At The Bank Barbara (Debbie Reynolds) is advised (by lawyer Shelley Berman) to grab the money as she and Richard (Dick Van Dyke) near divorce, leading to a musical-financial interlude in Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear's Divorce American Style, 1967.
Divorce American Style (1967) - Since When Do Men Grow Up? Lionel (Joe Flynn), buddy of not-yet divorced Richard (Dick Van Dyke), has been explaining the utility of prostitution, thus taking him to meet Lee Grant, as Dede, her complete performance here, in Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear's Divorce American Style, 1967.
Divorce American Style (1967) - French Bread Richard (Dick Van Dyke) and Barbara (Debbie Reynolds) segue from a spat into a dinner party in the opening scene from Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear's Divorce American Style, 1967.
Strongest Man in the World, The - Demonstration Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) demonstrates the effects of his University's new strength formula for the chairman of a cereal company (Eve Arden) and her board in Disney's The Strongest Man in the World, 1975.
Strongest Man in the World, The - Announcement A cow is standing on Dean Higgins' (Joe Flynn) foot as he tells Professor Quigley (William Shallert) and students (including Kurt Russell as Dexter) that he's cutting budgets in The Strongest Man in the World, 1975.
Love Bug, The - Cheap Honest Transportation Race-driver Jim (Dean Jones) clashes with Thorndyke (David Tomlinson) as Carole (Michele Lee) mediates and "Herbie" makes his first appearance in Disney's The Love Bug, 1969.
Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The - Got To Modernize! Dexter (Kurt Russell) and his band of under-achieving students have bugged Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) and the Board of Regents meeting in Disney's The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, 1970.
Barefoot Executive, The - Abe Lincoln's Doctor's Dog Mail-room staffer Steve (Kurt Russell) ambushes network executive Wilbanks (Joe Flynn), and his chauffeur Mertons (Wally Cox), with a programming pitch in The Barefoot Executive, 1971.

Bibliography

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.