in Dangerous Number (1937)
|Born||Ira Dean Jagger
November 7, 1903
Columbus Grove, Ohio,
|Died||February 5, 1991 (aged 87)
Santa Monica, California,
|Spouse(s)||Antoinette Lawrence (1935-1943)
Gloria Ling (1947-1967) (divorced) 1 daughter
Etta Mae Norton (1968-1991) (his death)
Dean Jagger (November 7, 1903 – February 5, 1991) was an American film actor.
Born Ira Dean Jagger in Columbus Grove, Ohio, Jagger made his film debut in The Woman from Hell (1929) with Mary Astor. He became a successful character actor, without becoming a major star, and appeared in almost 100 films in a career that lasted until shortly before his death.
Jagger made his breakthrough to major roles in film with his portrayal of Brigham Young in Brigham Young (1940).[1 ] According to George D. Pyper, a technical consultant on the film who had personally known Brigham Young, said that Jagger not only resembled Young, he also spoke like him and had many of his mannerisms.[1 ]
He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Twelve O'Clock High (1949). In the film he played the middle-aged adjutant Major Stovall, who acts as an advisor to the commander General Savage (Gregory Peck), and is tasked with writing letters to the next of kin of slain airmen.
He was the retired general honored by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in the musical White Christmas (1954) and a helpless sheriff in the iconic Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) directed by John Eliot Sturges.
For the 1956 British science-fiction film X the Unknown, there was controversy when the actor refused to work with director Joseph Losey on this film because Losey was on the Hollywood blacklist. Losey was removed from the project after a few days shooting and replaced with Les Norman.
Jagger portrayed the father of Elvis Presley in 1958's King Creole. He was the traveling manager for an evangelist played by Jean Simmons in the acclaimed 1960 drama Elmer Gantry, which won three Academy Awards.
In 1969 Jagger played "The Highwayman" in John Huston's The Kremlin Letter. In 1971's Vanishing Point the actor made a brief but memorable appearance as a prospector in the desert with a knack for handling rattlesnakes.
Jagger also achieved success in the television series Mr. Novak, receiving Emmy Award nominations for his role, in 1964 and 1965. He won a Daytime Emmy award for a guest appearance in the religious series This Is the Life. He did dozens of TV dramatic roles, including an episode of The Twilight Zone called "Static." In an early episode of the television series Kung Fu Jagger appeared as Caine's Grandfather who wants little to do with him, but starts Caine on his series long search for his half brother Danny. One of Jagger's last television roles was a guest appearance on Hill Street Blues.
Dean Jagger has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to motion pictures, at 1523 Vine Street.
He dropped out of school several times before finally attending Wabash College. While at Wabash he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He worked as a teacher before studying acting at Chicago's Lyceum Art Conservatory. Before making his first movie "in 1929, Jagger had worked in stock, vaudeville and radio."