Jack Cheatham

Jack Cheatham (December 28, 1894 – March 30, 1971) was an American character actor of the 1930s and 1940s. During his career he appeared in almost 200 films,[1] with 100 of them being features.[2]

Jack Cheatham
Screen capture off Cheatham in the 1942 film, Saboteur.
Born
John Preston Cheatham

(1894-12-28)December 28, 1894
Jackson, Mississippi, United States
DiedMarch 30, 1971(1971-03-30) (aged 76)
La Mirada, California, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1928–49

Life and career

Born John Preston Cheatham on December 28, 1894, in Jackson, Mississippi, he began acting in the 1920s, including two Broadway appearances.[3] In 1928 he would appear in the successful Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West.[4] Cheatham entered the film industry with his performance in a featured role in 1931's Shanghaied Love, starring Richard Cromwell, Noah Beery, and Sally Blane.[5]

Notable films in which Cheatham appeared include: The Whole Town's Talking (1935), starring Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur;[6] The Petrified Forest (1936), starring Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, and Bette Davis;[7] Frank Capra's 1936 comedy, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur;[8] the classic Meet John Doe (1941), directed by Capra and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck;[9] Alfred Hitchcock's 1942 suspense drama, Saboteur, starring Priscilla Lane and Robert Cummings;[10] the 1946 comedy, The Kid from Brooklyn, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo;[11] and another Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo vehicle, 1947's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.[12] Cheatham's final screen performance was in a small role in Michael Curtiz' 1949 melodrama, Flamingo Road, starring Joan Crawford.[13]

Cheatham was married to Ewell "Elaine" Malone. He died on March 30, 1971 in La Mirada, California, and was buried next to his wife in Rose Hills Memorial Park, in Whittier, California.[14][15]

Selected filmography

  • Saboteur (1942) - Detective Outside Movie Theater (uncredited)

References

  1. "Jack Cheatham (1894–1971)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. "Jack Cheatham". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. "Jack Cheatham". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  4. "Diamond Lil". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  5. "Shanghaied Love: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. "The Whole Town's Talking: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. "The Petrified Forest: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  8. "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  9. "Meet John Doe: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  10. "Saboteur: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  11. "The Kid from Brooklyn: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  12. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  13. "Flamingo Road: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  14. "John Preston "Jack" Cheatham". Find a Grave. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  15. "Ewell Malone Cheatham". Find a Grave. Retrieved July 20, 2015.


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