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Jack Oakie ACTOR


Jack Oakie was born on November 12th, 1903 in Sedalia, Missouri with the birth name Lewis Delaney Offield.  He was raised in Oklahoma and after high school he first found work in New York as a runner on Wall Street.  
During his time living in New York he began developing an interest in acting and began doing work in amateur theatre as a comedian and mimic.  In 1923 he had his first role on Broadway as a chorus boy in a production of, "Little Nellie Kelly".
He continued working as a stage actor on Broadway up until 1927 when he decided to relocate to Hollywood and work in the film industry during the silent era.  He found work on a number of silent films and when sound films came about he made the transition with ease.
His first talkie film was, "The Dummy" (1929) with Paramount Pictures who he signed a contract with.  He followed with a number of other film roles in, "Street Girl" (1929), "Hit the Deck" (1930), "Sea Legs" (1930), "Touchdown" (1931), "Sky Bride" (1932), "Once in a Lifetime" (1932) and "Sailor Be Good" (1933).
When his contract with Paramount came to an end in 1934 he began doing freelance work.  Some of the features he appeared in were, "Much Harmony" (1933), "The Call of the Wild" (1935) also starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, "Super-Sleuth" (1937), "Fight for Your Lady" (1937), "The Affairs of Annabel" (1938), "Thanks For Everything" (1938) and "The Great Dictator" (1940), a role for which he received his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Along with his work in film, he also appeared on the radio having his own radio show from 1936 through 1938.  He also worked as a television actor appearing on such series as, "Shower of the Stars" (1955), "The Real McCoys" (1957), "Kraft Theatre" (1958), "Target: The Corruptors" (1962), "Breaking Point" (1964), "Daniel Boone" (1966) and "Bonanza" (1966). 
He married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Venita Varden in 1936 and by 1945 this marriage ended in divorce.  He then married Victoria Horne in 1950 and they remained together until he passed away at the age of seventy four, on January 23rd, 1978 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from an aortic aneurysm.  His remains are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.   
He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.


1966   Bonanza 

1966   Daniel Boone 

1965   Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 

1963   The Real McCoys 

1962   Target: The Corruptors 

1961   The New Breed 

1961   Lover Come Back

1960   The Rat Race 

1959   The Wonderful Country 

1958   Studio One in Hollywood 

1958   Kraft Theatre 

1956   Around the World in Eighty Days

1955   Shower of Stars 

1951   Tomahawk 

1950   Last of the Buccaneers 

1949   Thieves' Highway 

1948   When My Baby Smiles at Me 

1948   Northwest Stampede 

1946   She Wrote the Book

1945   On Stage Everybody 

1945   That's the Spirit

1944   Bowery to Broadway

1944   The Merry Monahans

1944   Sweet and Low-Down

1944   It Happened Tomorrow

1943   Wintertime 

1943   Hello Frisco, Hello

1943   Something to Shout About

1942   Iceland

1942   Song of the Islands

1941   Rise and Shine 

1941   Navy Blues

1941   The Great American Broadcast

1940   Little Men 

1940   Tin Pan Alley

1940   The Great Dictator

1940   Young People

1938   Thanks for Everything 

1938   Annabel Takes a Tour

1938   The Affairs of Annabel

1938   Radio City Revels

1937   Hitting a New High

1937   Fight for Your Lady 

1937   The Toast of New York 

1937   Super-Sleuth

1937   Champagne Waltz 

1936   That Girl from Paris 

1936   The Texas Rangers 

1936   Florida Special 

1936   Colleen

1936   Collegiate

1936   King of Burlesque

1935   The Big Broadcast of 1936

1935   The Call of the Wild 

1934   College Rhythm 

1934   Shoot the Works 

1934   Murder at the Vanities 

1934   Looking for Trouble

1933   Alice in Wonderland

1933   Sitting Pretty

1933   Too Much Harmony

1933   College Humor

1933   The Eagle and the Hawk

1933   Sailor Be Good

1933   From Hell to Heaven

1932   Uptown New York 

1932   If I Had a Million 

1932   Madison Sq. Garden

1932   Once in a Lifetime

1932   Hollywood on Parade No. A-1

1932   Million Dollar Legs 

1932   Sky Bride 

1932   Dancers in the Dark

1931   Touchdown 

1931   Dude Ranch

1931   June Moon 

1931   The Gang Buster 

1930   Sea Legs 

1930   Let's Go Native

1930   The Sap from Syracuse

1930   The Social Lion

1930   Hit the Deck

1929   Sweetie 

1929   Fast Company 

1929   Hard to Get 

1929   Street Girl 

1929   The Man I Love 

1929   Close Harmony

1929   The Wild Party 

1929   Chinatown Nights 

1929   The Dummy 

1929   Sin Town

1928   Someone to Love

1928   The Fleet's In 

1928   Road House 

1928   Finders Keepers 

1924   Classmates 

1924   His Darker Self

1923   Big Brother 

1923   His Children's Children 

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