Jimmy Conlin

Jimmy Conlin (October 14, 1884 May 7, 1962) was an American character actor who appeared in almost 150 films in his 32-year career.

Jimmy Conlin
Born(1884-10-14)October 14, 1884
DiedMay 7, 1962(1962-05-07) (aged 77)
Years active19281959
Spouse(s)Myrtle Glass (? - 1945, her death)
Dorothy Ryan (? - 1962, his death)


Conlin was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1884, and his acting career started out in vaudeville, where he and his first wife Myrtle Glass played the Keith-Albee-Orpheum circuits billed as "Conlin & Glass", a song-and-dance team.[1] They also starred together in two short films, Sharps and Flats (1928) and Zip! Boom! Bang! (1929) for Vitaphone.[1]

Conlin made another comedy short without Glass in 1930 (A Tight Squeeze), but his film career started for good in 1933, and for the next 27 years, with the single exception of 1951, every year saw the release of at least one film in which Conlin appeared at the height of his career, often more than a dozen of them.[2] Recognizable by his small size and odd appearance, Conlin played all sorts of small roles and bit parts, many times not receiving an onscreen credit.

In the 1940s, Conlin was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in nine films written and directed by Sturges.[3] His roles in Sturges' films were often sizable and often came with good billing. One of his best performances came in Sturges' The Sin of Harold Diddlebock in 1946, when he played "Wormy", the racetrack tout who convinces Harold Lloyd to have his first drink, setting off the events of the film. The loyalty between Sturges and Conlin ran both ways, and when the former golden boy of Hollywood fell on hard times, Conlin remained a friend, stayed in contact, and helped out in any way he could.[1]

Conlin did not make many television appearances, but he did have a regular role as a bartender on Duffy's Tavern,[4] a syndicated series from 1954.[1] He made his final film in 1959, when he played a habitual criminal in Anatomy of a Murder.

Personal life

Conlin's first wife, Myrtle Glass, died in 1945. They had been married 27 years.[5] Later, he was married to the former Dorothy Ryan.[6]


Conlin died at his home in Encino, California on May 7, 1962 at the age of 77.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. Erickson, Hal Biography (Allmovie)
  2. Jimmy Conlin on IMDb
  3. Conlin appeared in The Great McGinty, Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Great Moment and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  4. "Jimmy Conlin, Actor, Is Dead". The Lincoln Star. Nebraska, Lincoln. Associated Press. 8 May 1962. p. 15. Retrieved January 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Mrs. Jimmy Conlin". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 14 May 1945. p. 8. Retrieved January 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Jimmy Conlin, Veteran Film, TV Actor, Dies". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 8 May 1962. p. Part II-Page 1. Retrieved January 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
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