Lloyd Corrigan

Lloyd Corrigan (October 16, 1900 November 5, 1969) was an American film and television actor, producer, screenwriter, and director who began working in films in the 1920s. The son of actress Lillian Elliott, Corrigan directed films, usually mysteries such as Daughter of the Dragon starring Anna May Wong (one of a trilogy of Fu Manchu movies for which he has writing credits), before dedicating himself more to acting in 1938.[1] His short La Cucaracha won an Academy Award in 1935.[2]

Lloyd Corrigan
in The Chase (1946)
Born(1900-10-16)October 16, 1900
DiedNovember 5, 1969(1969-11-05) (aged 69)
OccupationActor, producer, screenwriter, director
Years active1925–1967
Parent(s)James Corrigan
Lillian Elliott

Early life

Corrigan was born in San Francisco, California,[3] to actress Lillian Hiby Corrigan (Lillian Elliott)[4][5][6][7] (April 24, 1874 January 15, 1959) and actor James Corrigan (October 17, 1867 February 28, 1929).[6][8]


Corrigan studied drama at the University of California, Berkeley, from which he graduated in 1922.[2][9]

Directing (19301937)

Follow Thru (1930) to Lady Behave! (1937).

Writing (19261939)

Hands Up! (1926) to Night Work (1939)

Acting (19251927, 19391966)

Corrigan's early roles: The Splendid Crime (1925), It (1927). Corrigan played both romantic leads and villains throughout his career. He also appeared in a number of Boston Blackie films as millionaire Arthur Manleder. He starred with Roy Acuff and William Frawley in the 1949 film, My Home in San Antone. In the 1950 film, Cyrano de Bergerac, he played Ragueneau, the lovable pastry cook, though in this version the role is partially combined with that of Ligniere, the drunken poet, who is omitted from the film.

Corrigan continued acting in films until the middle 1960s. He appeared on dozens of television programs, such as the uncle of Corky played by Darlene Gillespie in the Mickey Mouse Club serial, "Corky and White Shadow." He also appeared in two episodes of the NBC western, The Restless Gun with John Payne.

He was cast on ABC's religion anthology series, Crossroads. He appeared in the role of Wally Dippel in ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, in the syndicated crime drama, City Detective, with Rod Cameron, and on the television version of How to Marry a Millionaire, with Barbara Eden and Merry Anders. He appeared on NBC's Johnny Staccato with John Cassavetes, and the syndicated western, Man Without a Gun, starring Rex Reason and Mort Mills. Six times Corrigan portrayed the western author Ned Buntline in ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. He also guest starred on the CBS sitcom, Dennis the Menace, with Jay North in the series lead.

In 1959, Corrigan was cast as John Jenkins, with Anne Baxter as Ellie Jenkins, in the episode "A Race to Cincinnati" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds. In the story line, three ruthless men try to prevent a peach farmer from getting his crop to market so that he cannot make the last payment on his valuable land, which he will otherwise forfeit.[10]

Corrigan appeared twice on the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. He was cast as the lucky hobo Carl Herman in the 1960 episode, "Money to Burn". Helen Kleeb played a recipient of Herman's largess. Paul Sorensen and William Boyett played the thieves whose $50,000 Herman found and gave away.[11] In 1962, Corrigan played Dorsey Bilger, the bearer of tall tales in Totem, Idaho, in the 1962 episode, "A Sponge Full of Vinegar". In the story line, the townspeople have begun to tire of Bilger's stories. The episode also featured Chris Alcaide as Charlie Winslow and Paul Birch as Sheriff Lick.[12]

From 1960 to 1961, Corrigan appeared as a series regular, Uncle Charlie, in the NBC sitcom Happy. He made guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason in 1962 as Rudy in "The Case of the Dodging Domino," in 1963 as land financier and murderer Harvey Forrest in "The Case of the Decadent Dean," and in 1965 as Attorney Gerald Shore in "The Case of the Careless Kitten". In 1963, Corrigan portrayed Captain Rembrandt Van Creel in "The Day of the Flying Dutchman" on ABC's western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring child actor Kurt Russell. Dehl Berti portrayed the Indian, Little Buffalo.[13] From 1965-66, Corrigan appeared in the NBC TV sitcom Hank as Professor McKillup.

Complete filmography

As actor

As director

As writer

For TV

  • Corky and White Shadow A Mickey Mouse Club serial - 17 episodes, (January–February, 1956) as Uncle Dan
  • Father Knows Best as Myron, one of Jim's insured who has a car accident with Cornell Wilde who was the guest star.
  • My Three Sons (1961) as Smitty, one of Bub's card playing mates.
  • Perry Mason Episode: "The Case of the Dodging Domino" (1962) as Rudy Mahlsted
  • Gunsmoke "The Magician" (1963) as Jeremiah
  • Hank (NBC 1965-66) as Professor McKillup


  1. Erickson, Hal, "Lloyd Corrigan", The New York Times, retrieved 2013-02-10.
  2. Tucker, David C. (2010), Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: 30 Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen, McFarland, p. 42, ISBN 0786455829.
  3. Raw, Laurence (10 January 2014). "Character Actors in Horror and Science Fiction Films, 1930-1960". McFarland via Google Books.
  4. "Lillian Elliot – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  5. "Clipped From The San Francisco Call". 21 July 1899. p. 11 via newspapers.com.
  6. "Lloyd Corrigan". www.nndb.com.
  7. "Original Mickey Mouse Club Serials: Corky and White Shadow". www.originalmmc.com.
  8. Obituary, The New York Times; accessed February 2, 2019.
  9. University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Berkeley Junior Class cn; Zeta Psi Fraternity. Iota Chapter (University of California, Berkeley) cn; University of California, Berkeley Associated Students cn (3 February 2019). "The Blue and gold". San Francisco : [Class of '75] via Internet Archive.
  10. ""A Race to Cincinnati", October 4, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  11. "Money to Burn on Death Valley Days'". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  12. "A Sponge Full of Vinegar on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  13. ""The Day of the Flying Dutchman", The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, December 1, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  14. http://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog.html?f[collection][]=Hollywood+Studio+System&f[title][]=The+Film+Daily&per_page=100&q=%22Lloyd+Corrigan%22&sort=date-start+asc%2C+title+asc&utf8=%E2%9C%93
  15. CINÉMA, LES INTROUVABLES EN (6 December 2015). ""LA CUCARACHA"" via Vimeo.
  16. www.bibliopolis.com. "The Dancing Pirate by Lloyd Corrigan, Francis Edward Faragoh Ray Harris, Rita on Royal Books". Royal Books.
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