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Allyn Joslyn

in I Love Melvin (1953)
Born July 21, 1901(1901-07-21)
Milford, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 21, 1981 (aged 79)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1918–1973

Allyn Joslyn (July 21, 1901 – January 21, 1981) was an American stage, film and television actor. He was born in Milford, Pennsylvania.


Allyn Joslyn was the son of a mining engineer. On stage from age 17, Joslyn scored as a leading man in such Broadway productions as Boy Meets Girl (1936) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1941), appearing in the latter as beleaguered theatrical critic Mortimer Brewster. However, Hollywood didn't see Joslyn's as a leading type. Thus he spent most of his film career playing obnoxious reporters, weaklings, and formless "other men" who never got the girl, while stars such as James Cagney and Cary Grant took the roles he originated on Broadway.

Among his more notable film appearances were tough flier Les Peters in Only Angels Have Wings (1939); George in The Great McGinty (1940); the caustic director in No Time for Comedy (1940); reporter Chic Clark in My Sister Eileen (1942); Albert Van Cleve, Don Ameche's snobbish rival for the attentions of Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait (1943); an eccentric poet in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947); and the cardshark disguised as a woman in Titanic (1953).

In the sprightly B picture It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946), Joslyn was for once cast in the lead, even winning heroine Carole Landis at the fade-out. A prolific radio and television performer, Joslyn guest starred on Pat O'Brien's ABC sitcom Harrigan and Son, and in 1957 costarred as literary agent George Howell in the short-lived The Eve Arden Show. He played one-half of the title role on the 1962 TV sitcom McKeever And The Colonel. That same year, he guest starred in ABC's crime drama television series Target: The Corruptors!.

He participated in some episodes of The Addams Family playing the role of Sam L. Hilliard.

In 1981, Allyn Joslyn died of cardiac failure in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California at the age of 79.

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