Dean Jagger

Dean Jagger


Also Known As
Dean Jeffries, Jeffrey Dean
Birth Place
Lima, Ohio, USA
November 07, 1903
February 05, 1991
Cause of Death


Stern looking, bald veteran lead and character actor with aristocratic features. After appearing in vaudeville and with touring stock companies in the 1920s, Jagger made his screen debut in "Woman from Hell" (1929) and played minor roles until he returned to the Broadway stage in the mid-1930s. Starring in the title role of "Brigham Young, Frontiersman" (1940), he revitalized his film ca...

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Etta Jagger
Retired ballerina. Third wife.


Stern looking, bald veteran lead and character actor with aristocratic features. After appearing in vaudeville and with touring stock companies in the 1920s, Jagger made his screen debut in "Woman from Hell" (1929) and played minor roles until he returned to the Broadway stage in the mid-1930s. Starring in the title role of "Brigham Young, Frontiersman" (1940), he revitalized his film career and soon was cast in a number of strong leading roles. Jagger never became a star, but he did play prominent supporting roles for years to come, notably his Oscar-winning performance as Gregory Peck's sturdy adjunct in the excellent war drama, "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949). In the 1960s Jagger played the high school principal on the TV series, "Mr. Novak" (1963-65).



Cast (Feature Film)

Dark Peak (2013)
Evil Town (1987)
Alligator (1980)
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
6th Justice
Haywire (1980)
The Game of Death (1978)
End of the World (1977)
God Bless Dr. Shagetz (1977)
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
The Great Lester Boggs (1975)
So Sad About Gloria (1975)
The Hanged Man (1974)
Josiah Lowe
The Stranger (1973)
Carl Webster
I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)
The Delphi Bureau (1972)
The Glass House (1972)
Warden Auerbach
Vanishing Point (1971)
The Kremlin Letter (1970)
The Highwayman
Tiger by the Tail (1970)
Top Polk
Smith! (1969)
Firecreek (1968)
Day of the Evil Gun (1968)
Jimmy Noble
First To Fight (1967)
Colonel Baseman
Jumbo (1962)
John Noble
Parrish (1961)
Sala Post
The Honeymoon Machine (1961)
Admiral Fitch
Cash McCall (1960)
Grant Austen
Elmer Gantry (1960)
William L. Morgan
The Nun's Story (1959)
Dr. Van der Mal
The Proud Rebel (1958)
Harry Burleigh
King Creole (1958)
Mr. Fisher
Three Brave Men (1957)
John W. Rogers
Forty Guns (1957)
Ned Logan
Bernardine (1957)
J. Fullerton Weldy
The Great Man (1957)
Philip Carleton
X the Unknown (1957)
Dr. Adam Royston
On the Threshold of Space (1956)
Dr. Hugh Thornton
Red Sundown (1956)
Jade Murphy
It's a Dog's Life (1955)
Mr. Wyndham
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
[Sheriff] Tim Horn
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Adm. Thomas L. Semple
Private Hell 36 (1954)
Captain Michaels
Executive Suite (1954)
Jesse Q. Grimm
White Christmas (1954)
Gen. Tom Waverly
The Robe (1953)
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Gen. William J. Palmer
It Grows on Trees (1952)
Philip Baxter
My Son John (1952)
Dan Jefferson
Warpath (1951)
Sam Quade [previously known as Morrison]
Rawhide (1951)
Dark City (1950)
Captain Garvey
Sierra (1950)
Jeff Hassard
C-Man (1949)
Cliff Holden, also known as William Hara
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Major [Harvey] Stovall
Driftwood (1947)
Dr. Steve Webster
Pursued (1947)
Grant [Callum]
Sister Kenny (1946)
Kevin Connors
When Strangers Marry (1944)
Paul Baxter
Alaska (1944)
Marshal John Masters
The North Star (1943)
I Escaped From the Gestapo (1943)
Torgut Lane
The Omaha Trail (1942)
"Piperstone" Ross
Valley of the Sun (1942)
Jim Sawyer
Western Union (1941)
Edward Creighton
The Men in Her Life (1941)
David Gibson
Brigham Young--Frontiersman (1940)
Brigham Young
Under Cover of Night (1937)
Alan [Shaw]
Dangerous Number (1937)
[Vance] Dillman
Escape by Night (1937)
[James] "Capper" Regan
Woman in Distress (1937)
Fred Stevens
Exiled to Shanghai (1937)
Charlie Sears
Song of the City (1937)
Paul Herrick
13 Hours by Air (1936)
Hap Waller
Star for a Night (1936)
Fritz Lind
Woman Trap (1936)
"Honey" Hogan
Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
Armand Louque
Pepper (1936)
Bob O'Ryan
It's a Great Life! (1935)
Car 99 (1935)
Recruit [Jim] Burton
Wings in the Dark (1935)
Top Harmon
The Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935)
Adam Larey
People Will Talk (1935)
Bill Trask
Men Without Names (1935)
College Rhythm (1934)
Behold My Wife! (1934)
You Belong to Me (1934)
Home on the Range (1934)
Boyd Thurman
Whoopee! (1930)
The Woman From Hell (1929)
Handcuffed (1929)
Gerald Morely

Life Events


Screen debut in "Woman from Hell"


First starring role, "Brigham Young, Frontiersman"

Photo Collections

Executive Suite - Group Publicity Stills
Here is a series of publicity stills taken of the all-star cast of Executive Suite (1954). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.


Movie Clip

It's A Dog's Life (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Dog Eat Dog On The Waterfront Humans quite irrelevant in the opening, apart from the narration by Vic Morrow, the inner-monologue of the the Bull Terrier who will be named Wildfire (MGM used two visually identical dogs for the shoot), in It’s A Dog’s Life, 1955, from a story by the trendsetting journalist and Theodore Roosevelt supporter Richard Harding Davis.
Vanishing Point (1971) -- (Movie Clip) You Got To Believe Rita Coolidge and David Gates (from “Bread”) feature in this version of Delaney & Bonnie (Bramlett) And Friends, appearing as the revival band for J. Hovah (Severn Darden), who receives Prospector (Dean Jagger) and fugitive Kowalski (Barry Newman), in Vanishing Point, 1971.
Proud Rebel, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) The Dog's Not For Sale Breeder Bates (James Westerfield) appears as Chandler and his mute son (Alan Ladd and son David), with their awesome dog, wrangle the sheep the Burleighs (Thomas Pittman, Dean Jagger, Dean Stanton) stampeded onto their employer’s (Olivia de Havilland) crops, in The Proud Rebel, 1958.
Proud Rebel, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) I'll Pay His Fine Southerner Chandler (Alan Ladd) in Illinois, framed by the Burleighs (Thomas Pittman, Dean Jagger, Dean Stanton), who poured liquor on him after starting a fight, Henry Hull the judge, bystander Linnett (Olivia de Havilland) backing his mute son (Ladd’s son David), in The Proud Rebel, 1958.
Sister Kenny (1946) -- (Movie Clip) Re-Educate The Muscles Rosalind Russell as title character, Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny, with boyfriend Kevin (Dean Jagger), an army doctor, recounting a polio case then reporting to her mentor doctor (Alexander Knox) about what they discover is a radical treatment she's invented, in Sister Kenny, 1946.
When Strangers Marry (a.k.a. Betrayed) -- (1944) -- (Movie Clip) I Use That Name Sometimes Kim Hunter as Millie finally finds her new husband she’s come to New York to meet, turns out he’s Dean Jagger as Paul, and she’s followed secret instructions to reach him, and he might be a murderer, and the photo in the portrait happens to be director William Castle, in When Strangers Marry, a.k.a. Betrayed, 1944.
Cash McCall (1960) -- (Movie Clip) Space Travel For Children Two scenes introducing second-billed Natalie Wood as Lory, daughter of small-ish Philadelphia manufacturer Austen (Dean Jagger), then his wife, her mother (Linda Watkins), and an un-explained appearance by top-billed title-character James Garner in a sketch, in Cash McCall, 1960.
Cash McCall (1960) -- (Movie Clip) The Cheapest One I Could Find It’s just been confirmed that tycoon James Garner (title character) and Lory Austen (Natalie Wood) have a history, as she joins her intimidated father (Dean Jagger), who’s interested in selling his manufacturing firm, and shocked when he gets his price, in Cash McCall, 1966.
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Adobe Flat If the train seems like an unstoppable force across the desert, probably not an accident, in the opening to John Sturges' Bad Day At Black Rock, 1955, starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan.
Nun's Story, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) A Living Rule Belgium, 1920's, Dr. Van der Mal (Dean Jagger) delivers daughter Gabrielle (Audrey Hepburn) to her chosen convent, received by Sisters William (Patricia Collinge) and Margharita (Mildred Dunnock), opening Fred Zinnemann's film, from the novel by Kathryn C. Hulme, The Nun's Story, 1959.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) -- (Movie Clip) We Got Hit Pretty Bad England, 1942, American fliers Jesse Bishop (Bob Patten) and "Louie" Wilson (Don Hicks) report on the bombing mission that killed their captain, Colonel Davenport (Gary Merrill) taking over questioning, Major Stovall (Dean Jagger) observing, in Henry King's Twelve O'Clock High, 1949.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) -- (Movie Clip) You Know Me, Soldier? Reluctantly taking over a rightfully demoralized American bomber squad in England, 1942, General Savage (Gregory Peck) stomps on a sentry (Kenneth Tobey), Sgt. McIllhenny (Robert Arthur) and Major Stovall (Dean Jagger), in Henry King's Twelve O'Clock High, 1942.


Firecreek - (Original Trailer) A pacifist sheriff (James Stewart) must use tougher means when his town is threatened by a band of outlaws in Firecreek (1968) co-starring Henry Fonda.
Dangerous Number - (Original Trailer) Robert Young marries a Dangerous Number (1937) in a comedy that somehow involves daylight savings time and dissolvable silk.
White Christmas - (Original Trailer) Bing Crosby and the most popular song of all time in the colorful seasonal favorite, White Christmas (1954).
Sister Kenny - (Original Trailer) Rosalind Russell gives an Oscar nominated performance as Sister Kenny (1946), the true story of the Australian nurse who fought to gain acceptance for her polio-treatment methods.
Robe, The - (Original Trailer) A Roman military tribune wins The Robe (1953) of Jesus Christ in the first CinemaScope feature.
Omaha Trail, The - (Original Trailer) The coming of the railroad to the West triggers an Indian war in The Omaha Trail (1942) starring James Craig.
Forty Guns - (Original Trailer) Barbara Stanwyck has the biggest posse in the West in Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns (1957).
Nun's Story, The - (Original Trailer) A headstrong girl (Audrey Hepburn) fights the strictures of the Catholic Church in Europe and the Belgian Congo in The Nun's Story (1959), directed by Fred Zinnemann and nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Song of the City - (Original Trailer) A shipwrecked socialite becomes a man when he's pulled out of San Francisco Bay by Italian-American fishermen in Song of the City (1937).
Day Of The Evil Gun - (Original Trailer) Glenn Ford is an ex-gunfighter trying to talk sense to revenge-fueled farmer Arthur Kennedy in Day Of The Evil Gun (1968).
Valley of the Sun, The- (Re-issue Trailer) A white man sympathetic to the Indians goes up against a crooked government agent in The Valley of the Sun (1942) co-starring Lucille Ball.
Honeymoon Machine, The - (Original Trailer) Two sailors discover a way to beat the roulette tables in a Venice casino in The Honeymoon Machine (1961), starring Steve McQueen.


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Etta Jagger
Retired ballerina. Third wife.