J. C. Nugent

John Charles Nugent (6 April 1868 21 April 1947), was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. A veteran stage performer, he appeared in 20 films between 1929 and 1943.

Nugent was born in Niles, Ohio, and attended Reeves University.[1]


By 1900, Nugent was active in vaudeville.[2]

Nugent's Broadway debut came in Kempy (1922).[3]

From 1922 until 1947, Nugent directed and wrote plays, occasionally acting in some of them.[4]

Personal life

He was the father of actor, writer and producer Elliott Nugent,[4] with whom he sometimes wrote or acted, and actress Ruth Elizabeth Nugent. Nugent was also the father-in-law of actor Alan Bunce of Ethel and Albert fame.

Nugent died in New York City.


Year Title Role Notes
1929Wise GirlsDad
1929Navy BluesMr. Brown
1930They Learned About WomenStafford
1930The Big HouseMr. Marlowe
1930Love in the RoughWaters
1930Remote ControlHorace V. Smedley
1930The Unholy Threeco-writer with Elliott Nugent
1931Many a SlipWilliam Coster
1931The Virtuous HusbandMr. Olwell
1931The MillionaireDr. Harvey
1935Love in BloomCol. 'Dad' Downey
1935Men Without NamesMajor Newcomb
1936Modern TimesDepartment Store Section ManagerUncredited
1937A Star Is BornMr. Blodgett
1937This Is My AffairErnie
1937It's All YoursE.J. Barnes
1937Life Begins in CollegeT. Edwin Cabot
1937Stand-InJunior Pettypacker
1938Midnight Intruder'Doc' Norton
1938Give Me a SailorMr. Larkin
1943Follies GirlJ.B. Hamlin(final film role)


  1. Hischak, Thomas S. (2003). Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century. Scarecrow Press. p. 242. ISBN 9780810847613. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. Liebman, Roy (2010). Vitaphone Films: A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts. McFarland. p. 376. ISBN 9781476609362. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. "J. C. Nugent". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. Cullen, Frank; Hackman, Florence; McNeilly, Donald (2007). Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America. Psychology Press. p. 838. ISBN 9780415938532. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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