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Jack Oakie Overview:

Actor, Jack Oakie, was born Lewis Delaney Offield on Nov 12, 1903 in Sedalia, MO. Oakie died at the age of 74 on Jan 23, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Oakie was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1940Best Supporting ActorThe Great Dictator (1940)Napaloni, Dictator of BacteriaNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Jack Oakie's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #72 on Feb 21, 1945.

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with a 'White Woman'?

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made two films with Carole Lombard, "From Hell To Heaven" (from which a publicity still is shown) and "The Eagle And The Hawk" (like Cary Grant, he had no scenes with Carole). If Oakie's remembered today, it's for his turn as a Benito Mussolini type in Charlie Chaplin's 1940 classic "The ... Read full article


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Jack Oakie Quotes:

Pete Monahan: Give me five bourbons straight, will ya?
Bartender: Five?
Pete Monahan: Yeah, for me and the four horsemen - Fire, Disease, Death, and Famine.
Bartender: Heh, heh, that's a misquotation.
Pete Monahan: Yeah, yeah... just get the stuff.


Police Lt. Bill Murdock: [Ogling a showgirl] Now there's a baby over there looks suspicious and ought to be followed.
Jack Ellery: Hmm! Don't get to close to her. She'll mistake you for King Kong.


Jack Ellery: [to Murdock] Why don't you take your lamps off those dames and do a little police work?


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Jack Oakie Facts
Dubbed "The World's Oldest Freshman" because he was rather long in the tooth (30 something) for the collegiates he was asked to play, including roles in College Humor (1933), College Rhythm (1934), and Collegiate (1936). In the movie Rise and Shine (1941), the 38-year-old was asked to play an 18-year-old senior.

Working as a Wall Street clerk, he narrowly escaped death in 1920 after the Treasury Building was bombed by terrorists.

Divorced from actress Venita Varden in 1945, she was among the many who perished in a June 17, 1948 plane crash on the Aristes mountain near Wilburton, Pennsylvania, that killed 43 passengers in all. Also included were night club owner Earl Carroll, famous for his Vanities Showgirls, and his leading lady, showgirl Beryl Wallace.

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