James Dunn (Movie Actor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

James Dunn (actor)

James Howard Dunn, billed as Jimmy Dunn in his early career, was an American stage, film, and television actor, and vaudeville performer. The son of a New York stockbroker, he initially worked in his father’s firm but was more interested in theater. He landed jobs as an extra in short films produced by Paramount Pictures in its Long Island studio, and also performed with several stock theater companies, culminating with playing the male lead in the 1929 Broadway musical Sweet Adeline. This performance attracted the attention of film studio executives, and in 1931, Fox Film signed him to a Hollywood contract. His screen debut in the 1931 film Bad Girl made him an overnight box-office star and he was cast as the lead in a succession of romantic drama and comedy films. In 1934, he co-starred with Shirley Temple in her first three films. In 1935, at the height of his popularity, he broke his studio contract two years before it expired and became a free agent.

Born: James Howard Dunn, November 02, 1901, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: September 01, 1967, Santa Monica, California
Occupation: Actor, vaudeville performer
Years active: 1927–1966
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About James Dunn

Actor who appeared in the formula 1932 film, Society Girl and the 1933 film, Hello, Sister! His performance in the 1945 film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, brought him an Academy Award.

Before Fame

He worked with his father as a Wall Street stockbroker for three years before pursuing a career in acting.


Fox studios signed him in 1931, and he made 22 films with them.

Family Life

He was married to Edna Rush from 1945 to 1967 after divorcing Frances Gifford in 1942.


He impressed director Frank Borzage with his debut performance in Girl.

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