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James Parrott

From Wikipedia James Parrott (August 2, 1897 – May 10, 1939) was an American actor and film director; and the younger brother of film comedian Charley Chase. James Gibbons Parrott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Charles and Blanche Thompson Parrott. In 1903, his father died from a heart attack, leaving the family in bad financial shape, which forced them to move in with a relative. Charley Jr. quit school, so he could go to work, in order to support his mother and brother. Eventually the call of the stage beckoned him, and Charley Jr. left home at age 16 to travel the vaudeville circuit as a singer and comedic performer. By the time James had reached his teens, he too, had quit school, and became involved with the street gangs of Baltimore. Later, Charley's connections in the film industry helped get his younger brother established in movies, and he would appear during the 1920s in a series of relatively successful comedies for producer Hal Roach. He was billed first as "Paul Parrott," then "Jimmie Parrott." Approximately 75 comedies were produced from 1921 to 1923, with titles continuing to be released through Pathé until 1926. Frequent co-stars included Marie Mosquini, Jobyna Ralston, Eddie Baker, and Sunshine Sammy. Parrott is probably best known as a comedy director. As "James Parrott," he specialized in the two-reel misadventures of Laurel and Hardy, including the Oscar-winning classic The Music Box, and Helpmates. During the 1930s Parrott had acquired serious drinking and drug problems (his diet medications were really addictive amphetamines) and although still able to direct quality shorts, he had developed a reputation as unreliable. By the mid-1930s his work was spotty: Stan Laurel used him sporadically to contribute gags to the Laurel and Hardy features, and he would direct an Our Gang short in 1934, plus several acceptable entries in Thelma Todd-Patsy Kelly series. By 1937, Parrott was accepting any jobs that came his way. He could no longer be counted on to direct or write, and relied on his brother to support him financially. There was a brief marriage to Ruby Ellen McCoy in 1937, but as his various addictions worsened, so did his state of mind. Parrott died at the age of 41 of heart failure. His brother Charley was devastated, and died 13 months later.

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Aug 2, 1897 In Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hit Him Again 1918-02-17
Latest Project:
Movie The King 1930-06-14
Known For
Poster of Get Busy
Poster of Hustling for Health
Poster of Do You Love Your Wife?
Poster of Just Rambling Along
Movie The King Minor Role (uncredited) 1930-06-14
Movie Soft Pedal Willing 1926-01-31
Movie Don't Butt In The Roustabout 1926-01-17
Movie Pay the Cashier Unknown 1926-02-14
Movie The House of Flickers Unknown 1925-03-15
Movie The Caretaker's Daughter The Caretaker (as Jimmie Parrott) 1925-10-10
Movie Are Parents Pickles? Fire Salesman 1925-11-08
Movie Get Busy Taller pal 1924-04-27
Movie A Deep Sea Panic Unknown 1924-09-28
Movie Sittin' Pretty Bearded Lunatic 1924-09-27
Movie Shoot Straight Unknown 1923-03-10
Movie Tight Shoes The New Clerk 1923-02-25
Movie The Smile Wins Unknown 1923-04-08
Movie Watch Your Wife Unknown 1923-01-07
Movie Jailed and Bailed Paul (as Paul Parrott) 1923-02-11
Movie Paste and Paper 1923-01-13
Movie Dear Ol' Pal Lucian Dillgiggle 1923-11-11
Movie The Uncovered Wagon Bill Bunion 1923-07-07
Movie No Pets Unknown 1923-10-07
Movie Join the Circus Trainer 1923-12-02
Movie Take the Air Iron-worker 1923-09-09
Movie Post No Bills The Bill Poster 1923-08-05
Movie The Landlubber Unknown 1922-09-09
Movie Take Next Car Chief Engineer 1922-07-29
Movie The Golf Bug Paul 1922-10-30
Movie Shine 'Em Up Paul, the Hustler 1922-11-04
Movie Shiver and Shake The Newlywed Husband 1922-10-22
Movie His First Flat Tire 1920-01-02
Movie Don't Park Here A Car Owner 1920-05-19
Movie Do You Love Your Wife? Unknown 1919-01-05
Movie Hustling for Health Man missing his train 1919-02-02
Movie An Auto Nut The Auto Nut's Lawyer (as Paul Parrott) 1919-01-01
Movie Young Mr. Jazz (uncredited) 1919-04-20
Movie Don't Shove Party Guest 1919-08-31
Movie Count Your Change Unknown 1919-08-10
Movie Look Pleasant, Please Drunken Swell (uncredited) 1918-03-10
Movie Hit Him Again Unknown 1918-02-17
Movie Hey There 1918-04-28
Movie Bride and Gloom Unknown 1918-08-18
Movie Just Rambling Along Waiter / chef assistant 1918-11-03
Movie An Ozark Romance Unknown 1918-07-06
Movie Fireman Save My Child Unknown 1918-05-25