Dean Jagger Overview:

Actor, Dean Jagger, was born Ira Dean Jagger on Nov 7, 1903 in Columbus Grove, OH. Jagger died at the age of 87 on Feb 5, 1991 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Hughson, Stanislaus County, CA.

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Dean Jagger was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for Twelve O'Clock High (as Major Stovall) in 1949.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1949Best Supporting ActorTwelve O'Clock High (1949)Major StovallWon
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Dean Jagger Quotes:

Mary Ann Young: You're dead set against California, aren't you?
Brigham Young: You know human nature. Take a crowd of people to a place of milk and honey and in six months time, they won't be worth shooting.


[an army officer tells the Mormons they must leave Illinois immediately because the law can't help them]
Brigham Young: The law? What law? The law that let's a pack of scoundrels come in here and hunt us down like wild animals, burn our homes, ruin our crops, arrest our leader on trumped-up charges and then look the other way when a mob breaks in and murders him? If they call that law, let 'em keep it. We don't want any more of it!


Sophia Pavlova, Rodion's wife: A long time ago, this is the way I wore my hair.
Olga Pavlova, Marina's little sister: Were you pretty, Mama, when you were young?
Sophia Pavlova, Rodion's wife: I'm not so old, little one.
Marina Pavlova: Mama's pretty now and she's not old. It's only that your are so young.
Olga Pavlova, Marina's little sister: I'm not so young! There are plenty that are younger.
Rodion Pavlov, leader of mounted guerrillas: Yes, and there always will be.


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Dean Jagger Facts
Spoke with a pronounced "lisp" in real life, every -day speech. This speech characteristic only disappeared in front of the camera.

Jagger was very taken by the character of Brigham Young, reacting warmly when his performance was praised by then President of the LDS Church, Heber J. Grant. This led to a careful study of the Mormon faith for Jagger, who was ultimately baptized a member of the faith in 1972. Subsequently, he willed his personal papers and movie memorabilia to the Harold B. Lee library at Brigham Young University.

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