DeWitt Jennings

DeWitt Clarke Jennings (June 21, 1871 March 1, 1937) was an American film and stage actor. He appeared in 17 Broadway plays between 1906 and 1920, and in 153 films between 1915 and 1937.

DeWitt Jennings
Jennings circa 1920
Born(1871-07-21)July 21, 1871
DiedMarch 1, 1937(1937-03-01) (aged 65)
Years active1906–1937

He was born in Cameron, Missouri on June 21, 1871 to Georgia S. and Oliver A. Jennings.[1][2] In 1935, Jennings played Sailing Master Fryer in Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. He died in Hollywood, California on March 1, 1937.[3]

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  1. DeWitt C. Jennings, born June 1871 in Missouri; in the 1900 US census in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  2. In later years he used 1879 as his birth year. Hollywood actors in their resumes tend to make themselves younger as they age. A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses uses 1872. Who is Who and Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion as well as others use 1879.
  3. "DeWitt C. Jennings Dies in Hollywood. Stage and Screen Character Actor 42 Years Started His Career as an Usher". The New York Times. March 2, 1937. Retrieved November 2, 2010. Dewitt Clarke Jennings, for forty-two years a colorful figure of the stage and screen and a director in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died at his home here today after a brief illness. He was 65 years of age.
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