James Dunn, Best Supporting Actor 1945: MovieMonday.com

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

(Drama - NR)

James Dunn won his Supporting Oscar for playing the drunken waiter.


James Dunn (1905 - 1967) Worked in vaudeville and as an extra in silent films untilhe was signed by Fox in 1931. James Dunn appeared with Shirley Temple in her first three movies but in 1935 musicals were out and Dunn's careers would never really recover and by the late 1930's his alcoholism made him unemployable. James Dunn had been offscreen for several years before getting the part as Jimmy Nolan in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" in 1945. The Oscar didn't do much for his career though he did get work in television and did appear in many westerns in the dusk of his career. James Dunn was also marriedto starlett, Frances Gifford, in the late 30's ( divorced in 1942).
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James Dunn's other films include:

STAND UP AND CHEER
OVER THE HILL
HOLD ME TIGHT
BRIGHT EYES
MYSTERIOUS CROSSING
GOVERNMENT GIRL
KILLER MCCOY
THE GOLDEN GLOVES STORY
THE BRAMBLE BUSH
THE OSCAR

TV series: IT'S A GREAT LIFE.
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