James Bush (actor)

James Bush (October 4, 1907 – April 9, 1987) was an American actor from the 1930s until the early 1950s. He appeared in over 100 television shows and films, over 80 of them being feature films.

James Bush
Bush as Hartman in The Big Noise
Born(1907-10-04)October 4, 1907
DiedApril 9, 1987(1987-04-09) (aged 79)
OccupationActor
Years active1930–53

Early years

The son of an actress,[1] Bush was born in Greenfield, Ohio. After moving to California with his mother, he studied in a theatrical school[1] and graduated from Los Angeles High School.[2]

Stage

Bush first appeared on stage at age four. When he finished high school he began acting with the Morosco stock theater company.[1] He also acted at the Pasadena Playhouse for four seasons, spent one season in St. Louis,[2] and performed with the Henry Duffy Players at the Hollywood Playhouse.[3]

Film

As a child, Bush appeared in some Paramount films that starred Mary Pickford.[2]

While the Internet Movie Database has him appearing as a child actor in 1917's Jack and the Beanstalk, the American Film Institute has his first film role as Bent Weymer in 1932's Wild Horse Mesa, directed by Henry Hathaway, which was a featured part.[4] During his career, Bush appeared in over 80 feature films.[5]

Although he appeared in many films in small, un-credited roles, he also appeared in featured roles in many notable films, including: as the adult Andrew Horn in The Great Jasper (1933);[6] as Bill Radford in the 1933 drama, One Man's Journey;[7] as Dick in the romantic comedy Young and Beautiful (1934);[8] as Byron Coates/John Meseraux in the 1935 mystery, A Shot in the Dark;[9] as Orin Tallant in the 1935 western, The Arizonian;[10] as Arthur Pennyward in The Lady in Scarlet (1935);[11] as Don Adams in the 1937 war film, I Cover the War;[12] as Johnny Eaton in the adventure film, Outlaws of the Orient (1937);[13] as Henry Crusper in the 1939 comedy Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President;[14] as Ken Morgan in West of Cimarron, a Three Mesquiteers western (1940);[15] as Joe Morgan in the Laurel and Hardy comedy, A-Haunting We Will Go;[16] and as Hartman in another Laurel and Hardy film, The Big Noise (1944).[17]

Occasionally, Bush would appear in a starring role: as Ralph Nelson in House of Danger (1934);[18] and as Mark Twain in the 1937 western, Battle of Greed.[19] Other notable films in which he appeared include: Ceiling Zero, a 1935 drama starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien;[20] M'liss (1936), starring Anne Shirley and John Beal;[21] the 1937 drama, Internes Can't Take Money, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea;[22] The Good Old Soak (1937), starring Wallace Beery;[23] the 1937 mystery Night of Mystery;[24] Sky Giant (1938), a drama starring Richard Dix, Chester Morris and Joan Fontaine;[25] the W.C. Fields' comedy, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man;[26] as one of the party guests at Twelve Oaks in the 1939 classic, Gone with the Wind;[27][28] the 1940 fantasy Beyond Tomorrow;[29] the Academy Award-winning war drama, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper;[30] the 1943 Fritz Lang war drama, Hangmen Also Die!;[31] the 1944 biopic about Woodrow Wilson, Wilson, starring Charles Coburn, Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell and Sir Cedric Hardwicke;[32] the 1947 docu-drama about the creation of the atom bomb, The Beginning or the End, starring Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker and Hume Cronyn;[33] and the 1950 film noir, The Lawless, starring MacDonald Carey.[34] Bush's last appearance in a feature film was in a small role in 1951's The Barefoot Mailman.[35]

Bush also made infrequent appearances in film serials, such as Burn 'Em Up Barnes in 1934,[36] and 1940's Mysterious Doctor Satan.[37] Towards the end of his career, he made several guest appearances on television programs, including The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951), The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1952), and Dragnet in 1953, which was also his last acting performance.[38]

Death

Bush died on April 9, 1987 in Van Nuys, California.

Filmography

(Per AFI database)[39]

References

  1. "Mother Is Inspiration for Actor". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. February 26, 1928. p. 48. Retrieved 23 July 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Kingsley, Grace (October 7, 1932). "Former Child Actor Signed". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 27. Retrieved 23 July 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "James Bush to Essay Leading Role in Drama". California, Los Angeles. California, Los Angeles. September 5, 1929. p. 35. Retrieved 23 July 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Wild Horse Mesa : Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  5. "James Bush, filmography". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  6. "The Great Jasper: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  7. "One Man's Journey: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  8. "Young and Beautiful: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  9. "A Shot in the Dark: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  10. "The Arizonian: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  11. "The Lady in Scarlet: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  12. "I Cover the War: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  13. "Outlaws of the Orient: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  14. "Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  15. "West of Cimarron: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  16. "A-Haunting We Will Go: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  17. "The Big Noise: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  18. "House of Danger: Movie Summary". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  19. "Battle of Greed: Movie Summary". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  20. "Ceiling Zero: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  21. "M'liss: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  22. "Internes Can't Take Money: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  23. "The Good Old Soak: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  24. "Night of Mystery: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  25. "Sky Giant: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  26. "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  27. "Gone with the Wind (1939), Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  28. Erickson, Hal. "James Bush, Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  29. "Beyond Tomorrow: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  30. "Sergeant York: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  31. "Hangmen Also Die!: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  32. "Wilson: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  33. "The Beginning or the End: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  34. "The Beginning or the End: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  35. "The Beginning or the End: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  36. "Burn 'Em Up Barnes (I) (1934), Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  37. "Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940), Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  38. "James Bush (I) (1907–1987)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  39. "James Bush, Filmography". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
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