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:

Katie Nolan: Flossie Gaddis died last night.
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: The poor baby. It was nice that her Mama got her all them pretty dresses.
Katie Nolan: Only now the poor thing will have to lie in Potter's Field!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: But at least she had the dresses!

Katie Nolan: Out the window, our tree they killed it!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Well, would you like at that now.
Katie Nolan: They didn't have any right to kill it did they papa!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Now wait a minute. They didn't kill it. Why they couldn't kill that tree.
Katie Nolan: Promise?
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Why sure baby. Don't tell me that tree is gonna lay down and die that easily. Look at that tree. See where it's coming from. Right up outta that cement! Didn't nobody plant it. Didn't ask the cement to grow. It just couldn't help growing so much it just pushed that old cement out of the way. Now when you bust it with something like that, can't anybody help it, like... like that little ole bird up there. He didn't ask anybody could he sing and he certainly didn't take any lessons. He's so full of singing it just has to bust out someplace. Why they could cut that ole tree right down to the ground and a root would push up someplace else in the cement.

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?

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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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