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David Allen Curtis Jenkins


Born: April 9, 1900 - Staten Island, New York

Died: July 20, 1974 - Santa Monica, California (from complications following surgery)

Spouse: Mary Landee. They had three children.

Biography: The son of musical comedy performers, Allen Jenkins studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his first stage appearance, he danced next to James Cagney in a chorus line for an off-Broadway musical called Pitter-Patter. He appeared one thousand times in Broadway plays between 1924 and 1962.

He was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck, signing first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterwards to Warner Brothers. He made a career out of playing comic henchmen, stooges, policemen and other "tough guys" in numerous films of the 1930s and 1940s, especially for Warners. In the latter part of his career he appeared frequently on television. Eleven days before his death, he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's 1974 film adaptation of The Front Page.

Jenkins, James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh were the original members of the so-called "Irish Mafia". He was the seventh member of the Screen Actors Guild.


- Bio courtesy of Wikipedia