Larry Parks Overview:

Legendary actor, Larry Parks, was born Sam Klusman Lawrence Parks on Dec 13, 1914 in Olathe, KS. Parks died at the age of 60 on Apr 13, 1975 in Studio City, CA .



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1946Best ActorThe Jolson Story (1946)Al JolsonNominated

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Kid: I'm a grape.
Jud Parker: I'm happy for you.

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Godfather of Jeff Bridges.

After his film career was destroyed, he found intermittent work on stage in such plays as "The Teahouse of the August Moon," "Any Wednesday" and "The Tunnel of Love." He and his wife also worked up nightclub singing/comedy acts along with appearing in legit plays. Although Parks never quite shook off the blacklist incident, he won a role in John Huston's Freud (1962).

His movie career ended in 1951 when he was the first actor to admit that he had belonged to a Communist cell from 1941 to 1945 and was subsequently blacklisted.

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