Ralph Dunn

Ralph Dunn (May 23, 1900 – February 19, 1968) was an American film, television, and stage actor.

Ralph Dunn
Born(1900-05-23)May 23, 1900
DiedFebruary 19, 1968(1968-02-19) (aged 67)
Years active1932–1967[1]
Spouse(s)Pat West (?–1944; divorced)

Early years

Dunn was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania. His father was a veterinarian for the U.S. Army during World War I, and his mother was an actress. Dunn was enrolled briefly at the University of Pennsylvania, but left after a short time to join a Vaudeville troupe.


Dunn's Broadway debut was in 1927 in the show Chicago, as replacement for original cast member Arthur Vinton. His other Broadway credits included Once for the Asking (1963), Tenderloin (1960), Happy Town (1959), Make a Million (1958), The Pajama Game (1954), Room Service (1953), The Moon Is Blue (1951), An Enemy of the People (1950), and The Seventh Heart (1927).[2]

Dunn used his burly body and rich, theatrical voice to good effect in hundreds of minor feature-film roles and supporting appearances in two-reel comedies. He came to Hollywood during the early talkie era, beginning his film career with 1932's The Crowd Roars.

A large man with a withering glare, Dunn was an ideal "opposite" for short, bumbling comedians. A frequent visitor to the Columbia short subjects unit, Dunn showed up in the Three Stooges comedies Mummy's Dummies, as well as Who Done It? and its remake, For Crimin' Out Loud

Dunn kept busy into the 1960s, appearing in TV series such as Kitty Foyle, and Norby and such films as Black Like Me.

Personal life

Dunn was married to actress Pat West. They divorced on May 12, 1944.[3]


On February 19, 1968, Dunn died in Flushing, New York.[2]

Selected filmography


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  2. "Ralph Dunn". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. "Divorces". Billboard. May 27, 1944. p. 32. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
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