Junior Durkin

Trent "Junior" Durkin (July 2, 1915 – May 4, 1935) was an American stage and film actor.

Junior Durkin
from Hell's House (1932)
Trent Bernard Durkin

(1915-07-02)July 2, 1915
New York, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 4, 1935(1935-05-04) (aged 19)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of deathRoad accident
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
Other namesJunior Dirkin
Trent Durkin
Years active19231935


Born Trent Bernard Durkin in New York City, he began his acting career in theater as a child. Durkin first appeared in films in 1930, playing the role of Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930) and in Huckleberry Finn (1931), both times with Jackie Coogan playing Tom Sawyer. Under contract to RKO Radio Pictures, he was cast in a series of "B" films in comedy roles that capitalized on his gangly appearance. He co-starred in Hell's House (1932) with then newcomer Bette Davis.

RKO began grooming him for more adult roles. In his final film Chasing Yesterday (1935), he was billed as Trent Durkin.


In 1935, Durkin was returning from a hunting trip in Mexico with Jackie Coogan and three others, including Coogan's father and writer Robert Horner. Coogan's father had to swerve to avoid colliding with a car coming straight at him, and his car left the road, rolling repeatedly until it landed in a creek bed. The accident occurred about 50 miles (80 km) from San Diego, California.[1] Jackie Coogan was the only survivor.

At the time, Durkin was living with agent Henry Willson, and they were rumored to be lovers.[2]

Trent Durkin was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1930 Recaptured Love Henry Parr Credited as Bernard Durkin
1930 The Santa Fe Trail Old Timer Credited as Bernard Durkin
1930 Tom Sawyer Huckleberry Finn
1931 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1932 Hell's House Jimmy Mason Alternative title: Juvenile Court
Credited as Junior Dirkin
1933 Man Hunt William 'Junior' Scott, Jr.
1934 Big Hearted Herbert Junior Kalness Credited as Trent Durkin
1934 Ready for Love Joey Burke
1934 Little Men Franz
1934 Chasing Yesterday Henri Credited as Trent Durkin


  1. http://www3.gendisasters.com/california/9485/pine-valley-ca-john-coogan-sr-other-killed-may-1935
  2. Stern and Ian McKellen, Keith (2009). Queers in History. Dallas, Texas. p. 493. ISBN 978-1933771878.
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