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Jay C. Flippen
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Jay C. Flippen

Jay C. Flippen is best remembered as a gruff-faced actor usually playing a cop or weary criminal in many movies of the 1940's and 1950's. He was already an established stage actor, after being discovered by famed African-American comedian Bert Williams in the 1920s, before shifting his focus to films. At one time he was a radio announcer for New York Yankees games and was one of the first game show announcers. His films include They Live by Night (1948), Winchester '73 (1950), Flying Leathernecks (1951), The Wild One (1953), Oklahoma! (1955) and The Killing (1956). Flippen also appeared in Television, most notably as C.P.O. Nelson on the 1962 sitcom Ensign O'Toole. Later in life he continued acting even though he was confined to a wheelchair following a leg amputation.

Jay Flippen died at age 72 of an aneurysm caused by a swollen artery while in surgery. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Jay C. Flippen Facts

BirthdayMarch 6, 1899
BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, USA
Date of deathFebruary 3, 1971 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 71)
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Jay C. Flippen compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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