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J. M. Kerrigan

Joseph Michael Kerrigan (16 December 1884 – 29 April 1964), better known as J. M. Kerrigan, was an Irish character actor. Kerrigan was born in Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a newspaper reporter until 1907 when he joined the famous Abbey Players. There he became a stalwart, appearing in plays by Lady Gregory, William Butler Yeats and John Millington Synge (for whom he played the role of Shawn Keogh in The Playboy of the Western World. His first screen appearance was in the silent film Food of Love in 1916. By the 1920s he was appearing on Broadway, often in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Sheridan. He settled permanently in Hollywood in 1935, having been recruited along with several other Abbey performers, to appear in John Ford's The Informer. In that film and in Ford's The Long Voyage Home, he plays similar roles, that of a leech who attaches himself to men until they run out of money. Perhaps his best known role was in The General Died at Dawn, where he plays a character actually named Leach, in which he steals scenes from Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and William Frawley. In it he plays a sinister little petty thief who, holding a gun on Cooper, says, "I may be fat, but I'm agile." He had little screen time in films which he starred as minor roles, such as the "First Drayman" in Merely Mary Ann (1931) with Janet Gaynor. One of his most recognizable minor roles was in Gone with the Wind (1939), in which he played John Gallegher, the seemly jovial mill owner who whips his convict labour in to "co-operation". He appeared in Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), the famous film version of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in a minor role at the beginning of the film. In 1946, he tried breaking into Broadway shows, playing the discombobulated leprechaun Jackeen J. O'Malley in the show "Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley", based on the Crockett Johnson comic strip. J. M. Kerrigan died in Hollywood on 29 April 1964, aged 79. Kerrigan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6621 Hollywood Blvd.

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Dec 15, 1884 In Dublin, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Little Old New York 1923-08-01
Latest Project:
Series Shirley Temple's Storybook 1958-01-12
Known For
Poster of Matinee Theater
Poster of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Poster of The Wolf Man
Poster of Air Hostess
Series Shirley Temple's Storybook Unknown 1958-01-12
Movie The Fastest Gun Alive Kevin McGovern 1956-07-12
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series Frontier Unknown 1955-09-25
Movie It's a Dog's Life Paddy Corbin 1955-12-23
Movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Billy 1954-12-23
Movie The Silver Whip Riley 1953-02-01
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Wild North Callahan 1952-01-28
Movie Park Row Dan O'Rourke 1952-09-01
Movie My Cousin Rachel Reverend Pascoe 1952-12-25
Movie Sealed Cargo Skipper Ben 1951-05-19
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Mrs. Mike Uncle John 1949-12-23
Movie The Fighting O'Flynn Timothy 1949-02-26
Movie The Luck of the Irish Tatie the Innkeeper 1948-09-15
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Abie's Irish Rose Patrick Murphy 1946-12-27
Movie Black Beauty John 1946-08-29
Movie Tarzan and the Amazons Splivens 1945-04-29
Movie The Crime Doctor's Warning Robert MacPherson (uncredited) 1945-09-27
Movie The Great John L. Father O'Malley 1945-05-25
Movie She Went to the Races Jeff Habbard 1945-11-04
Movie The Spanish Main Pillery Gow 1945-10-01
Movie The Fighting Seabees Sawyer Collins 1944-01-27
Movie Wilson Edward Sullivan 1944-08-01
Movie The Big Bonanza 'Judge' Jasper Kincaid 1944-12-30
Movie Action in the North Atlantic Caviar Jinks (uncredited) 1943-06-12
Movie Mr. Lucky Mr. McDougal (uncredited) 1943-07-01
Movie The Vanishing Virginian John Phelps 1942-02-01
Movie Captains of the Clouds Foster (storekeeper / Emily's father) 1942-02-12
Movie The Wolf Man Charles Conliffe 1941-12-12
Movie Appointment for Love Timothy 1941-10-31
Movie Curtain Call Mr. Middleton 1940-04-18
Movie Young Tom Edison Mr. McCarney 1940-03-15
Movie One Crowded Night Brother 'Doc' Joseph 1940-08-09
Movie Congo Maisie Captain Finch 1940-01-19
Movie The Long Voyage Home Crimp 1940-11-16
Movie The Sea Hawk Eli Matson 1940-08-10
Movie Untamed Angus McGavity 1940-10-04
Movie No Time for Comedy Jim 1940-09-14
Movie Undercover Agent Tom 'Pop' Madison 1939-04-19
Movie The Kid From Texas Farr 1939-04-14
Movie The Great Man Votes Hot Shot Gillings 1939-01-13
Movie Sorority House Lew Fisher 1939-05-05
Movie The Flying Irishman Mr. Clyde Corrigan Sr. 1939-04-07
Movie Two Thoroughbreds Jack Lenihan 1939-12-08
Movie Gone with the Wind Johnny Gallagher 1939-12-15
Movie Union Pacific Monahan 1939-05-05
Movie Sabotage Mel 1939-10-13
Movie 6,000 Enemies Dan Barrett 1939-06-09
Movie The Zero Hour Timothy 1939-05-26
Movie Spring Madness Mr. Maloney (uncredited) 1938-11-11
Movie Little Orphan Annie Tom Jennings 1938-12-02
Movie Ride a Crooked Mile Sgt. Flynn 1938-12-09
Movie London by Night Tims 1937-07-30
Movie Colleen Pop Reilly 1936-03-21
Movie Laughing Irish Eyes Tim 1936-03-04
Movie The Prisoner of Shark Island Judge Maiben 1936-02-12
Movie Special Investigator Judge Plumgate 1936-05-08
Movie The Plough and the Stars Uncle Peter 1936-12-26
Movie Spendthrift Pop O'Connell 1936-07-22
Movie Lloyd's of London Brook Watson 1936-11-25
Movie The General Died at Dawn Leach 1936-11-17
Movie Werewolf of London Hawkins 1935-05-13
Movie Vanessa: Her Love Story Perkins (uncredited) 1935-03-01
Movie The Informer Terry 1935-05-09
Movie Hot Tip Matt 1935-08-20
Movie Barbary Coast Judge Harper 1935-10-13
Movie A Feather in Her Hat Pobjoy 1935-10-25
Movie The Lost Patrol Quincannon 1934-02-16
Movie A Modern Hero Mr. Ryan 1934-04-21
Movie The Fountain Shordley 1934-08-22
Movie The Key O'Duffy 1934-06-09
Movie Air Hostess Pop Kearny 1933-01-15
Movie Paddy the Next Best Thing Collins 1933-09-01
Movie A Study in Scarlet Jabez Wilson 1933-05-14
Movie Careless Lady Trowbridge 1932-04-02
Movie Rockabye Fagin 1932-11-25
Movie Vanity Street Dan - Irish Cop (uncredited) 1932-10-14
Movie Don't Bet on Women Chipley Duff 1931-02-15
Movie The Black Camel MacMaster 1931-06-21
Movie New Movietone Follies of 1930 Unknown 1930-05-04
Movie Lightnin' Judge Lemuel Townsend 1930-12-07
Movie Song o' My Heart Peter 1930-09-06
Movie Lucky In Love Unknown 1929-08-16
Movie Little Old New York John O'Day 1923-08-01