Allen Jenkins

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1900-04-09

Place of Birth
Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA

Also Known As
Alfred McGonegal

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Allen Jenkins

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Allen Jenkins (April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974) was an American character actor on stage, screen and television. He was born Alfred McGonegal on Staten Island, New York.

He 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 made five dollars a week. He also appeared one thousand times in Broadway plays between 1924 and 1962, including The Front Page with Lee Tracy (1928). His big break came when he replaced Spencer Tracy for three weeks in the Broadway play The Last Mile.

He was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterwards to Warner Bros. He originated the character of Frankie Wells in the Broadway production of Blessed Event and reprised the role in the film adaptation, both in 1932. With the advent of talking pictures, 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 Warner Bros. He was labeled the "greatest scene-stealer of the 1930s" by the New York Times. He voiced the character of "Officer Dibble" on the Hanna-Barbera television cartoon Top Cat and was a regular on the 1956-1957 television situation comedy Hey, Jeannie! (1956), starring Jeannie Carson. He was also a guest star on The Red Skelton Show, I Love Lucy, Playhouse 90, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Zane Grey Theater, and The Sid Caesar Show. Eleven days before his death he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's 1974 film adaptation of The Front Page.

He went public with his alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it. He helped start the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women.

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.

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1937
Sh! The Octopus
4.7
1939
Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite
6.0
1933
Blondie Johnson
5.8
1938
A Slight Case of Murder
6.3
1941
The Gay Falcon
6.3
1934
Jimmy the Gent
6.1
1947
The Case Of The Baby-Sitter
4.0
1947
The Hat Box Mystery
5.0
1933
The Mind Reader
7.5
1934
Bedside
5.5
1934
The Case of the Howling Dog
7.4
1951
Let's Go Navy!
7.0
1933
Hard to Handle
7.3
1936
Cain and Mabel
7.3
1935
A Night at the Ritz
3.0
1934
I've Got Your Number
7.0
1934
The St. Louis Kid
5.7
1940
Meet the Wildcat
0.0
1937
Ready, Willing and Able
4.0
1939
Sweepstakes Winner
4.0
1946
Singin' in the Corn
0.0
1932
Blessed Event
7.3
1952
Chained for Life
4.0
1942
A Date with the Falcon
6.5
1942
The Falcon Takes Over
5.7
1938
Going Places
6.0
1938
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
7.2
1941
Time Out for Rhythm
6.0
1938
Racket Busters
4.0
1933
The Mayor of Hell
7.5
1942
Maisie Gets Her Man
7.0
1949
Bodyhold
0.0
1938
Gold Diggers in Paris
5.0
1934
The Merry Frinks
4.5
1935
Miss Pacific Fleet
0.0
1933
Tomorrow at Seven
7.0
1937
Dance Charlie Dance
6.0
1938
Fools for Scandal
5.5
1935
Sweet Music
4.0
1935
Broadway Hostess
5.0
1947
Fun on a Weekend
7.0
1938
Heart of the North
3.0
1935
I Live For Love
5.0
1933
Havana Widows
8.0
1938
Hard to Get
6.0
1936
Sins of Man
0.0
1940
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!
5.0
1946
The Dark Horse
0.0
1943
Three Cheers for the Girls
5.0
1945
Lady on a Train
6.5
1942
They All Kissed the Bride
4.5
1939
Five Came Back
6.1
1934
The Big Shakedown
5.6
1936
Three Men on a Horse
7.0
1934
Happiness Ahead
6.0
1935
The Case of the Lucky Legs
8.0
1936
The Singing Kid
0.0
1935
The Irish in Us
7.5
1933
The Keyhole
6.0
1933
Professional Sweetheart
4.0
1941
Go West, Young Lady
7.5
1934
Whirlpool
6.5
1937
Ever Since Eve
5.7
1934
Twenty Million Sweethearts
7.5
1935
The Case of the Curious Bride
6.8
1951
Crazy Over Horses
5.0
1935
While the Patient Slept
7.5
1933
Bureau of Missing Persons
5.7
1940
Brother Orchid
7.5
1937
Dead End
7.5
1932
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
7.8
1947
The Senator Was Indiscreet
6.0
1933
Employees' Entrance
6.9
1939
Destry Rides Again
7.1
1938
Swing Your Lady
4.8
1942
Eyes in the Night
6.4
1947
Easy Come, Easy Go
0.0
1967
The Spy in the Green Hat
6.8
1937
The Singing Marine
0.0
1936
Sing Me a Love Song
0.0
1945
Wonder Man
6.5
1939
Naughty But Nice
6.0
1946
Meet Me on Broadway
0.0
1940
Breakdowns of 1940
0.0
1941
Footsteps in the Dark
6.8
1941
Dive Bomber
6.6
1933
Lawyer Man
5.7
1948
The Inside Story
7.0
1935
Page Miss Glory
6.3
1940
Margie
0.0
1947
Wild Harvest
0.0
1959
Pillow Talk
7.3
1937
Marked Woman
6.7
1964
I'd Rather Be Rich
6.0
1937
Marry the Girl
0.0
1937
The Perfect Specimen
5.8
1933
The Silk Express
4.8
1940
Tin Pan Alley
5.0
1949
The Big Wheel
6.3
1933
42nd Street
7.0
1964
Robin and the 7 Hoods
6.4
1942
Tortilla Flat
5.8
1932
Rackety Rax
0.0
1932
Three on a Match
6.4
1952
Oklahoma Annie
0.0
1941
Ball of Fire
7.5
1937
Breakdowns of 1937
6.0
1936
Breakdowns of 1936
0.0
1974
The Front Page
7.3
1947
Blow-Ups of 1947
7.0
1935
Things You Never See on the Screen
4.0
1932
Grand Hotel
7.1
1964
For Those Who Think Young
5.1
1937
Talent Scout
7.0
1960
Ocean's Eleven
6.6
1938
Breakdowns of 1938
3.0
1943
Stage Door Canteen
6.1
2003
Complicated Women
7.3
1983
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
6.5
1988
James Stewart's Wonderful Life
0.0