Jack Kenney

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Jack Kenney

Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, Russia
Death 27 Jan 1961 (aged 58)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 155541545 View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of sly Ed Gallagher in the musical film "Atlantic City" (1944). Born Jacob Kenovitz, he and his family emigrated to the United States in mid-1930s and he began his career in various stock companies. Discovered by film director David Burton, during a stage production of "Street Scene" he was so impressed by his unique accent, professionalism, and wit, he arranged for him to begin a newfound career in the motion picture industry beginning with him being under his supervision in "Let's Fall in Love" (1933). For the next 30 years, he would go on to flourish as a character actor starring in over 150 different features; often typecast as a gangster, henchman, stockbroker, policeman, retail clerk, aristocrat, wealthy bachelor, eccentric, reporter, detective, doctor, public servant, military man, guard, policeman, salesman, warden, postman, bartender, photographer, engineer, musician, usher, headwaiter, chauffer, husband, father, uncle, neighbor, heckler, sidekick, mechanic, sergeant, stagehand, judge, rancher, salesman, proprietor, banker, or patriarch. He appeared in such full-length feature films as "Palooka" (1934), "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934), "Unknown Woman" (1935), "Under Two Flags" (1936), "Dick Tracy" (1937), "San Quinten" (1937), "The Toast of New York" (1937), "Reckless Living" (1938), "Racket Busters" (1938), "Blue Montana Skies" (1939), "Nancy Drew...Reporter" (1939), "Wyoming Outlaw" (1939), "Laugh It Off" (1939), "I Take This Woman" (1940), "Brother Orchid" (1940), "Flying Wild" (1941), "Public Enemies" (1941), "Lady for a Night" (1942), "Tragedy at Midnight" (1942), "Maise Gets her Man" (1942), "The Hard Way" (1943), "Sleepy Lagoon" (1943), "In Old Oklahoma" (1943), "Adventure" (1944), "Suspense" (1946), "Deadline at Dawn" (1946), "My Dream is Yours" (1947), "Beyond the Forest" (1949), "The Winning Team" (1951), "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (1953), "She's Back on Broadway" (1953), "House of Wax" (1953), "So This is Love" (1953), "A Star is Born" (1954), "New York Confidential" (1954), "Women's Prison" (1955), "Chicago Syndicate" (1955), "Battle Stations" (1956), "The Catered Affair" (1956), "Monkey on my Back" (1957), "The Joker is Wild" (1957), "The True Story of Lynn Stuart" (1958), "The Toughest Gun in Tombstone" (1958), "But Not for Me" (1959), "Invisible Invaders" (1959), "Let No Man Write My Epitaph" (1960), "Cage of Evil" (1960), "When The Clock Strikes" (1961), and "You Have to Run Fast" (1961). With the advent of television, he became a familiar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Perry Mason," "Death Valley Days," "The Danny Thomas Show," "I Married Joan," and "The Adventures of Jim Bowie". During his career, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, was an active parishioner of The Temple Israel of Hollywood, participated in the Hollywood Democratic Committee, was a naturalized United States Citizen, and when he was free from acting, he divided his time between his homes in Los Angeles, California, and Everett, Massachusetts. In 1961, after appearing in his last major film role Kenney, a lifelong smoker who neither married nor had any children, died from complications of coronary arteriosclerosis.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


Hebrew: Yakov son of Yehuda The Cohain


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