James Dunn Overview:

Actor, James Dunn, was born James Howard Dunn on Nov 2, 1901 in New York City, NY. Dunn died at the age of 65 on Sep 3, 1967 in Santa Monica, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.



James Dunn was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (as Johnny Nolan) in 1945.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1945Best Supporting ActorA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)Johnny NolanWon

He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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James Dunn Quotes:

Nick Trayne: Don't you ever sleep?
Cedric, the Butler: No sir, insomnia.
Nick Trayne: Insomnia huh? I bet he doesn't even go to sleep when it's time to get up.

Welch: [Welch is searching Eddie's apartment for a stolen pearl necklace] What kind of a sap do you think I am?
Eddie Ellison: I don't know. What kind of a sap are you?
Welch: Now, let's see. If I was in your spot, I wonder where I'd hide that necklace.
Eddie Ellison: Let me see. Maybe you'd swallow it.
Larry Scott: I read in Popular Mechanics where Zulus hide jewels by sewing them under their skin.
Eddie Ellison: That'd be all right if we were Zulus.

Larry Scott: Say, how 'bout going to the movies with us tonight?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Oh, thanks, but we can't leave Shirley.
Larry Scott: They're showing 10,000 years in Sing-Sing at the Cameo.
Eddie Ellison: Gee, what a long stretch!
Jane Scott: They say it's awful funny.
Eddie Ellison: Not for my dough.
Larry Scott: Well, come on, Jane. We'll be late.
Eddie Ellison: Say, Larry, what's your hurry? If you miss three or four years, it don't make any difference.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Have a good time.
Larry Scott: Thanks. Sorry you won't come with us. So long.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison, Eddie Ellison, Jane Scott: Good-bye.
Eddie Ellison: Oh. Hey, Larry.
Larry Scott: Yeah?
Eddie Ellison: We've got to be on the job early in the morning. Stop by for me, and we'll dunk a couple of doughnuts.
Larry Scott: Right.
Eddie Ellison: And say, let me know what the guy did to get 10,000 years.

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Stepson named William Tick from marriage to Edna Rush.

Son of a stockbroker. Once sold used cars for a living in the 1920's.

Appeared on a postage stamp (with Anne Revere) commemorating winners of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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