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Bobby Jordan

Though he was the youngest, Jordan was the first of the boys who made up the Dead End Kids to work in films with a role in a 1933 Universal short. In 1935, he became one of the original Dead End Kids by winning the role of Angel in Sydney Kingsley's Broadway drama Dead End about life in the slums of the east side of New York City. The play was performed at the Belasco Theatre and ran for three years with over 600 performances. He appeared for the first season and the beginning of the second but left in mid-November 1936. He returned in time to join the others in 1937 in Hollywood, California to make the movie version of the play, starring big names such as Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney, and Claire Trevor. Following the making of Dead End, Jordan found himself "released" from his contract at Goldwyn, and, subsequently, he appeared at Warner Brothers with the rest of the Dead End Kids. After one year, Warners released most of them, but kept Leo Gorcey and Jordan as solo performers. Jordan appeared (as "Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom") in Warner's Damon Runyon comedy A Slight Case of Murder (1938) and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Young Tom Edison (1940). In 1940, Jordan appeared in the film Military Academy and accepted an offer from producer Sam Katzman to star in a new tough-kid series called "The East Side Kids." Leo Gorcey soon joined him, then Huntz Hall, and the trio continued to lead the series through 1943, when Jordan entered the United States Army during World War II as a foot soldier in the 97th Infantry Division. He was subsequently involved in an elevator accident, when the elevator fell five floors, that forced him to have surgery to remove his right kneecap.

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Apr 1, 1923 In Harrison, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Kid Millions 1934-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013-11-15
Known For
Poster of We Are Marshall
Poster of Maverick
Poster of Military Academy
Poster of Angels with Dirty Faces
Movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blight 2013-11-15
Movie Leatherheads 2008-03-24
Movie We Are Marshall 2006-12-12
Series The Odd Couple Doris Atkins 1970-09-24
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Movie The Man Is Armed Thorne (as Bob Jordan) 1956-10-19
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie The Eddie Cantor Story Customer (uncredited) 1953-12-25
Movie Secret of Outlaw Flats Sandy Smith 1953-11-15
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie The Fat Man Bellhop (uncredited) 1951-05-19
Series The Adventures of Boston Blackie Unknown 1951-09-08
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Treasure of Monte Cristo Tony Torecelli 1949-08-27
Movie The Beginning or the End Radioman on Tinian Receiving A-Bomb Message 1947-02-19
Movie Hard Boiled Mahoney Bobby 1947-05-10
Movie Bowery Buckaroos Bobby 1947-11-22
Movie News Hounds Bobby 1947-08-13
Movie Live Wires Bobby 1946-01-12
Movie In Fast Company Bobby 1946-06-22
Movie Mr. Hex Bobby 1946-11-09
Movie Spook Busters Bobby 1946-08-24
Movie Bowery Bombshell Bobby 1946-07-20
Movie Bowery Champs Bobby Jordan 1944-11-25
Movie Clancy Street Boys Danny 1943-04-23
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Tommy 1943-03-01
Movie Kid Dynamite Danny Lions 1943-02-05
Movie Ghosts on the Loose Danny 1943-07-30
Movie Destroyer Sobbing Sailor 1943-08-19
Movie Adventures of the Flying Cadets Jinx Roberts 1943-09-07
Movie Let's Get Tough Danny Connors 1942-05-29
Movie Smart Alecks Danny Stevens 1942-08-07
Movie Mr. Wise Guy Danny Collins 1942-02-20
Movie 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Danny Lyons 1942-11-20
Movie Junior Army Jockey 1942-11-26
Movie Flying Wild Danny Graham 1941-03-10
Movie Bowery Blitzkrieg Danny Breslin 1941-08-01
Movie Spooks Run Wild Danny 1941-10-24
Movie Military Academy Dick Hill 1940-08-06
Movie Young Tom Edison Joe 'Joey' Dingle 1940-03-15
Movie Boys of the City Danny Dolan 1940-07-15
Movie You're Not So Tough Rap 1940-07-26
Movie That Gang of Mine Danny Dolan 1940-09-23
Movie Give Us Wings Rap 1940-12-20
Movie Pride of the Bowery Danny 1940-12-15
Movie Off the Record Mickey Fallon 1939-01-21
Movie Hell's Kitchen Joel "Joey" Richards 1939-07-03
Movie They Made Me a Criminal Angel 1939-01-21
Movie Angels Wash Their Faces Bernie Smith 1939-08-26
Movie On Dress Parade Cadet Ronny Morgan 1939-11-18
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Jimmy Glenn 1939-09-16
Movie A Slight Case of Murder Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom 1938-02-26
Movie Crime School Lester 'Squirt' Smith 1938-05-10
Movie Angels with Dirty Faces Swing 1938-11-26
Movie My Bill Reginald Colbrook 1938-07-08
Movie Swingtime in the Movies Crime School Kid (uncredited) 1938-12-24
Movie Dead End Angel 1937-08-27
Movie Kid Millions Tourist (uncredited) 1934-11-10