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Emory Parnell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Emory Parnell (December 29, 1892 – June 22, 1979) was an American vaudeville performer and actor who appeared in over 250 films in his 36-year career. He was nicknamed "The Big Swede" and was sometimes credited as "Emery" or "Parnel". Seeking better opportunities in Hollywood, Parnell and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California, where, helped by his red-faced Irish look of frustration, he immediately began to appear in films in a variety of role, such as policemen, doormen, landlords, and small town businessmen. One of his first films was Doctor Rhythm (1938). Although his appearances were often in "B" films, such as the Ma and Pa Kettle series, he also made credible showings in "A" films as well. One notable part was as a Paramount studio executive who sang about avoiding libel suits to open 1941's Louisiana Purchase. Parnell was also part of writer-director Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors in the 1940s, appearing in five of Sturges' films, including The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, where he played the crooked banker, "Mr. Tuerck", the chief antagonist of William Demarest's "Constable Kockenlocker". He also made a memorable appearance as grumpy socialite Ajax Bullion in the Three Stooges short subject All the World's a Stooge.

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Dec 29, 1892 In St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Arson Racket Squad 1938-03-27
Latest Project:
Movie Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To 1990-06-04
Known For
Poster of The Andromeda Strain
Poster of My True Story
Poster of The Maltese Falcon
Poster of The Roaring Twenties
Movie Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (archive footage) 1990-06-04
Movie The Andromeda Strain Unknown 1971-03-12
Movie The Bounty Killer Sam - Bartender 1965-07-30
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Movie The Two Little Bears Grimshaw Wilkins 1961-11-01
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Movie Alias Jesse James Angel's Rest Sheriff (uncredited) 1959-03-20
Series The Alaskans Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Notorious Mr. Monks Sheriff Cobus Anders 1958-02-28
Movie Man of the West Henry 1958-09-30
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Hot Angel Judd Pfeiffer 1958-12-01
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series The Real McCoys Unknown 1957-10-03
Movie That Certain Feeling Senator 1956-06-04
Movie So Your Wife Wants to Work Mr. Batten (uncredited) 1956-07-14
Movie How To Be Very, Very Popular Chief of Police 1955-07-22
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Artists and Models Mr. Kelly 1955-11-07
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Public Defender Unknown 1954-03-11
Series The Joe Palooka Story Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie The Rocket Man Big Bill Watkins 1954-04-01
Movie Battle of Rogue River Sgt. McClain 1954-06-15
Movie The Two Gun Teacher Prof. Kleinberg 1954-12-26
Movie Sabrina Charles 1954-09-10
Movie So You Want to Know Your Relatives Mr. Battan (uncredited) 1954-12-18
Movie Jungle Gents Police Captain Daly 1954-09-05
Movie Call Me Madam Sen. Charlie Gallagher 1953-03-25
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Fort Vengeance Patrick Fitzgibbon 1953-03-28
Movie Shadows of Tombstone Sheriff Webb 1953-09-18
Movie Safari Drums Larry Conrad 1953-06-21
Movie Sweethearts on Parade Mayor 1953-07-15
Movie Oklahoma Annie Judge Byrnes 1952-03-24
Movie So You Want to Enjoy Life Joe's Boss (uncredited) 1952-03-29
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Billy Reed 1952-01-01
Movie The Fabulous Senorita Dean Bradshaw 1952-03-31
Movie Rancho Notorious Second Sheriff 1952-03-01
Movie Dreamboat Crazy Sam 1952-07-26
Movie When in Rome Ship's Captain 1952-05-11
Movie Lost in Alaska Sherman 1952-08-13
Movie So You Never Tell a Lie Mr. Batten (uncredited) 1952-08-02
Movie So You Want to Wear the Pants Mr. Batten (uncredited) 1952-11-08
Movie Has Anybody Seen My Gal? Policeman (uncredited) 1952-06-25
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm Billy Reed 1951-05-10
Movie My True Story Ed Praskins 1951-03-08
Movie Two of a Kind First Deputy (uncredited) 1951-07-01
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Series The Adventures of Boston Blackie Unknown 1951-09-08
Movie All That I Have Juror Barstow 1951-10-01
Series I Love Lucy Policeman 1951-10-15
Movie Key to the City Council Chairman 1950-02-02
Movie Chain Gang Capt. Duncan 1950-01-11
Movie Unmasked 'Pop' Swenson 1950-01-30
Movie Rock Island Trail Sen. Wells 1950-05-18
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Trail of Robin Hood J. Corwin Aldridge 1950-12-15
Movie To Please a Lady Mr. Wendall 1950-10-13
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle Bill Reed 1949-04-01
Movie A Woman's Secret Police Lieutenant at Desk 1949-01-13
Movie Hideout Arnie Anderson 1949-03-08
Movie Hellfire Sheriff Duffy 1949-05-29
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Mr. Hingleman 1949-05-27
Series The Life of Riley Unknown 1949-10-04
Movie Massacre River Sgt. Johanssen 1949-06-26
Movie Summer Holiday Dannville Beach Club Bartender (uncredited) 1948-04-15
Movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Mr. PeDelford 1948-03-25
Movie Assigned to Danger Sheriff (uncredited) 1948-05-19
Movie Here Comes Trouble Winfield 'Windy' Blake 1948-03-15
Movie Words and Music Mr. Feiner 1948-12-31
Movie Blonde Ice Police Capt. Bill Murdock 1948-07-24
Movie Strike It Rich Carlton 1948-12-01
Movie You Gotta Stay Happy Bank Watchman 1948-10-28
Movie The Guilt of Janet Ames Unknown 1947-03-06
Movie Calendar Girl The Mayor 1947-01-31
Movie Violence True Dawson 1947-05-09
Movie Gas House Kids Go West Police Sergeat Casey 1947-06-12
Movie Stork Bites Man Alan Kimberly 1947-06-21
Movie The Falcon's Alibi Metcalf 1946-04-12
Movie Strange Triangle Barney Shaefer 1946-05-17
Movie Riverboat Rhythm Sheriff Martin 1946-02-16
Movie Colonel Effingham's Raid Joe Alsobrook 1946-01-01
Movie Deadline at Dawn Captain Bender 1946-03-18
Movie Badman's Territory Bitter Creek (uncredited) 1946-05-04
Movie Deadline for Murder Masseur 1946-06-28
Movie Abie's Irish Rose Rabbi Jacob Samuels 1946-12-27
Movie The Show-Off Mr. Appelton 1946-12-01
Movie Little Iodine Mr. Bigdome 1946-10-19
Movie Queen of Burlesque Inspector Crowley 1946-07-24
Movie Two O'Clock Courage Insp. Bill Brenner 1945-04-13
Movie The Crime Doctor's Courage Police Captain Birch 1945-02-27
Movie It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog Unknown 1945-06-15
Movie You Drive Me Crazy Mr. Hinkledorfer 1945-09-07
Movie Sing Your Way Home Ship's captain 1945-11-14
Movie The Big Beef Mr. Bib 1945-10-19
Movie Gildersleeve's Ghost Haley 1944-06-01
Movie Address Unknown Postman 1944-06-01
Movie The Case of the Tremendous Trifle Wilson 1944-03-14
Movie A Night of Adventure Judge 1944-06-02
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Train Conductor (uncredited) 1944-05-04
Movie Tall in the Saddle Sheriff Jackson 1944-09-29
Movie The Falcon in Hollywood Inspector McBride 1944-12-08
Movie Once Upon a Time Policeman 1944-06-29
Movie Feather Your Nest Farmer 1944-10-23
Movie The Falcon in Mexico James 'Lucky Diamond' Hughes [Script name: Winthrop Hughes] 1944-08-04
Movie Casanova Brown Frank, the Bell Captain 1944-08-23
Movie Two Señoritas from Chicago Rupert Shannon 1943-06-10
Movie Mission to Moscow Uncaring Businessman (uncredited) 1943-04-29
Movie The Hard Way Policeman at Hospital (Uncredited) 1943-01-13
Movie Mr. Lucky Dock Watchman (uncredited) 1943-07-01
Movie Slightly Dangerous Policeman at newspaper office (uncredited) 1943-04-01
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady Gatekeeper 1943-08-13
Movie Young Ideas Judge Canute J. Kelly 1943-08-02
Movie Government Girl The Chief (uncredited) 1943-11-05
Movie Dangerous Blondes Officer McGuire 1943-09-23
Movie The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Mr. Tuerck 1943-12-24
Movie Nazty Nuisance Capt. Spense 1943-08-06
Movie Larceny, Inc. O'Casey 1942-04-24
Movie They All Kissed the Bride Mahoney 1942-06-11
Movie Obliging Young Lady Motorcycle Policeman Behind Billboard (uncredited) 1942-04-01
Movie Over My Dead Body Police Capt. Grady 1942-01-15
Movie Cadets on Parade Inspector Kennedy 1942-01-22
Movie The Remarkable Andrew Policeman 1942-03-05
Movie Night in New Orleans Jensen (Uncredited) 1942-07-01
Movie Gentleman Jim Dennis Simmons (uncredited) 1942-11-14
Movie Apache Trail Mr. Walters (uncredited) 1942-09-01
Movie I Married a Witch Allen - Hotel Owner (uncredited) 1942-10-30
Movie Arabian Nights Harem Sentry 1942-12-25
Movie Highways by Night Police Sergeant Ransome 1942-10-02
Movie The Major and the Minor Conductor #2 (uncredited) 1942-09-16
Movie The Monster and the Girl Policeman in Alley 1941-02-28
Movie A Shot in the Dark Marsotti 1941-04-05
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Crowley 1941-04-11
Movie The Case of the Black Parrot Simmonds 1941-01-09
Movie So Ends Our Night Weiss 1941-02-27
Movie Unholy Partners Colonel Mason 1941-11-01
Movie All the World's a Stooge Ajax Bullion 1941-05-16
Movie The Maltese Falcon Ship's Mate (uncredited) 1941-10-18
Movie Louisiana Purchase Sam Horowitz, Lawyer 1941-12-31
Movie Blossoms in the Dust Senator 1941-08-15
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Man Delivering Radio 1941-08-02
Movie Out West with the Peppers Ole 1940-06-30
Movie Young Tom Edison Bob 1940-03-15
Movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois Minor Role (uncredited) 1940-02-22
Movie The Great McGinty Policeman at Soup Kitchen (uncredited) 1940-08-01
Movie Blondie on a Budget Policeman Dempsey (uncredited) 1940-02-29
Movie Foreign Correspondent 'Mohican' Captain 1940-08-16
Movie North West Mounted Police George Higgins 1940-10-22
Movie Stranger on the Third Floor Grilling Detective in Dream Sequence (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie The Golden Fleecing Featherway 1940-08-16
Movie The Lady and the Mob Policeman Riley 1939-04-03
Movie Union Pacific Foreman (uncredited) 1939-05-05
Movie The House of Fear Policeman 1939-06-30
Movie Sudden Money Cop 1939-03-31
Movie East Side of Heaven Doorman (uncredited) 1939-04-07
Movie Twelve Crowded Hours Doorkeeper 1939-02-23
Movie The Spellbinder Club 88 Doorman (Uncredited) 1939-07-28
Movie Pacific Liner Olaf 1939-01-06
Movie Off the Record Policeman (uncredited) 1939-01-21
Movie Idiot's Delight Fifth Avenue Mounted Cop 1939-01-27
Movie Let Freedom Ring Axel (uncredited) 1939-02-24
Movie The Day the Bookies Wept Motor Cop 1939-09-15
Movie One Hour To Live Fats Monoham 1939-11-10
Movie On Dress Parade Paddy - Policeman (uncredited) 1939-11-18
Movie Winter Carnival Williams - Editor 1939-07-28
Movie Invisible Stripes Policeman Outside Bank (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie The Roaring Twenties Gangster (uncredited) 1939-10-28
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Policeman on Gaylor Ave. 1939-11-24
Movie Sued for Libel Jerome Walsh 1939-10-27
Movie They Shall Have Music Policeman in Rain (uncredited) 1939-08-18
Movie I Stole a Million Cop at Flower Shop (uncredited) 1939-08-01
Movie At the Circus Ringmaster (uncredited) 1939-10-20
Movie Call of The Yukon Swenson 1938-04-18
Movie Arson Racket Squad Chief J.P. Riley 1938-03-27
Movie Doctor Rhythm Sgt. Olson 1938-05-06
Movie Girls on Probation Officer Craig 1938-10-22
Movie Blondie Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1938-11-30
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Doorman (uncredited) 1938-10-21
Movie King of Alcatraz Olaf 1938-09-30