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.

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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
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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:

Larry Scott: Sometimes I wonder if going straight really pays.
Eddie Ellison: Hey, cut out that kind of talk, will you?
Larry Scott: But what will Jane think?
Eddie Ellison: She's a hundred percent for you. She wouldn't think anything bad about you any more than Kay would me. We won't tell them anything tonight, though.
Larry Scott: Why not?
Eddie Ellison: I don't want anything to spoil Shirley's birthday party!


Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Sleeping sickness, get up.
Eddie Ellison: What time is it?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: What time do you want? It's time for you to get out of that bed.
Eddie Ellison: I wasn't sleeping, I was thinking.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Get up! Your breakfast will be spoiled!
[She hits him]
Eddie Ellison: Ow! Hey, what are you doing?


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

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

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