John Tyrrell (actor)

John Edward Tyrrell (December 7, 1900  September 20, 1949) was an American film actor. He appeared in over 250 films between 1935 and 1947.

John Tyrrell
Tyrrell in The Three Stooges film So Long Mr. Chumps (1941)
John Edward Tyrrell

(1900-12-07)December 7, 1900
DiedSeptember 20, 1949(1949-09-20) (aged 48)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active1935-1947
Spouse(s)Grette Ardine


Tyrrell is best known for his prolific work with Columbia Pictures in the Three Stooges short subjects.[1] Like many actors in the Stooge comedies, Tyrrell was a salaried contract player. The Columbia stock company was called upon to play incidental roles in practically everything the studio produced: important films, low-budget "B" pictures, short subjects, and serials. (Some of these players graduated to stardom, like Lloyd Bridges, Bruce Bennett, Adele Mara and Ann Doran.) John Tyrrell worked steadily at Columbia from 1935 to 1946 for 11 years. Occasionally, only Tyrrell's voice would be used, as a radio newsman, public-address announcer, or police-call dispatcher. Tyrrell and fellow stock player Eddie Laughton often appeared together in Columbia movies (frequently as mobsters waiting in a getaway car). One of Tyrrell's biggest roles was probably in the 1939 serial Mandrake the Magician, in which he played a masked crime lord's right-hand man.


Tyrrell's final appearance with the Three Stooges was Uncivil War Birds. After spending several months at Kingsbridge Veteran's Hospital in the Bronx, New York, John Tyrrell died of pneumonia on September 20, 1949 at the age of only 48.[1]



  1. Shifres, Ed (2006). The Three Stooges Journal #119. The Three Stooges Fan Club. p. 8. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4.
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