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Leo Gorcey

Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an adult he would be 5' 6". In 1921 his brother David Gorcey was born. In 1935, Leo and David appeared in the stage play "Dead End." In 1937, this was made into a movie, and Leo became one of the busiest actors for the next 20 years -- from 1937-1939 he starred in seven Dead End Kids movies, from 1940-1945 in 21 East Side Kids films, from 1946-1956 in 41 Bowery Boys movies. In 1939, Leo married 17-year-old dancer Kay Marvis, who appeared in four of his movies. They divorced in 1944 after five years of marriage; she went on to marry Groucho Marx. In 1945, Leo married Evalene Bankston; they divorced in 1948. Leo was to have paid her $50,000 in a divorce settlement; however, when two detectives she hired broke into his home, he retaliated by firing his gun at them. They sued, and Leo countersued for illegal entry and won $35,000 back. In 1949, Leo married Amelita Ward, whom he met while filming Smugglers' Cove (1948). Their marriage produced Leo Gorcey Jr. in 1949, and a baby girl they named Jan (after Leo's producer and manager, Jan Grippo) in 1951. They divorced in 1956. That year Leo married his young nanny, Brandy, who was taking care of his two kids. They had a baby girl, Brandy Jo, in 1958. The couple divorced in 1962. Leo went to the altar one last time in February, 1968, marrying Mary Gannon. He stayed married to her until his death from liver failure on June 2, 1969, in Oakland, California.

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Jun 3, 1917 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Words & Music 1931-11-01
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983-02-25
Known For
Poster of Out of the Fog
Poster of That Gang of Mine
Poster of Private Detective
Poster of Angels with Dirty Faces
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie The Phynx Leo Gorcey 1970-03-06
Movie Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar Leo 1966-12-29
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World First Cab Driver 1963-11-07
Movie Crashing Las Vegas Slip Mahoney 1956-04-27
Movie Bowery to Bagdad Slip Mahoney 1955-01-07
Movie High Society Slip Mahoney 1955-04-17
Movie Dig That Uranium Slip Mahoney 1955-12-25
Movie Spy Chasers Slip Mahoney 1955-07-31
Movie Jail Busters Slip Mahoney 1955-09-18
Movie Paris Playboys Slip Mahoney 1954-03-07
Movie The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters Slip Mahoney 1954-06-06
Movie Jungle Gents 'Slip' Mahoney 1954-09-05
Movie Jalopy Slip Mahoney 1953-02-15
Movie Loose in London Terence Aloysius "Slip" Mahoney 1953-05-24
Movie Private Eyes Slip Mahoney 1953-12-06
Movie Clipped Wings Slip Mahoney 1953-08-14
Movie Hold That Line Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-03-23
Movie Here Come the Marines Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-06-29
Movie No Holds Barred Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-11-23
Movie Feudin' Fools Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-09-21
Movie Bowery Battalion Slip Mahoney 1951-01-24
Movie Ghost Chasers Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1951-04-29
Movie Crazy Over Horses Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1951-09-09
Movie Let's Go Navy! Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1951-07-29
Movie Blonde Dynamite Slip Mahoney 1950-02-12
Movie Lucky Losers Slip Mahoney 1950-05-14
Movie Blues Busters Slip Mahoney 1950-10-29
Movie Triple Trouble Slip Mahoney 1950-08-13
Movie Fighting Fools Slip Mahoney 1949-03-17
Movie Hold That Baby! Slip Mahoney 1949-06-06
Movie Trouble Makers Slip Mahoney 1949-01-02
Movie Angels in Disguise Slip Mahoney 1949-09-25
Movie Master Minds Slip Mahoney 1949-11-27
Movie So This Is New York Sid Mercer 1948-06-01
Movie Angels' Alley Terence 'Slip' Mahoney 1948-03-07
Movie Jinx Money Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney 1948-06-27
Movie Smuggler's Cove Slip Mahoney 1948-10-10
Movie Hard Boiled Mahoney Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1947-05-10
Movie News Hounds Terence J. Montgomery 'Slip' Mahoney 1947-08-13
Movie Bowery Buckaroos Slip Mahoney 1947-11-22
Movie In Fast Company Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-06-22
Movie Bowery Bombshell Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-07-20
Movie Live Wires Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-01-12
Movie Spook Busters Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-08-24
Movie Mr. Hex Slip Mahoney 1946-11-09
Movie Mr. Muggs Rides Again Muggs McGinnis 1945-07-15
Movie Docks of New York Muggs McGinnis 1945-02-24
Movie Midnight Manhunt Clutch Tracy 1945-07-27
Movie Come Out Fighting Muggs McGinnis 1945-09-29
Movie Follow the Leader Muggs McGinnis 1944-06-03
Movie Million Dollar Kid Muggs McGinnis 1944-02-28
Movie Block Busters Muggs McGinnis 1944-07-22
Movie Bowery Champs Muggs McGinnis 1944-11-25
Movie Kid Dynamite Muggs McGinnis 1943-02-05
Movie Clancy Street Boys Muggs McGinnis 1943-04-23
Movie Ghosts on the Loose Muggs McGinnis 1943-07-30
Movie Destroyer Sarecky 1943-08-19
Movie Mr. Muggs Steps Out Muggs McGinnis 1943-10-29
Movie Mr. Wise Guy Muggs McGinnis 1942-02-20
Movie Born to Sing 'Snap' Collins 1942-02-18
Movie Sunday Punch 'Biff' 1942-05-08
Movie Let's Get Tough Muggs McGinnis 1942-05-29
Movie 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Muggs McGinnis 1942-11-20
Movie Smart Alecks Muggs McGinnis 1942-08-07
Movie Maisie Gets Her Man Cecil 1942-06-01
Movie Angels with Broken Wings Punchy Dorsey 1941-05-27
Movie Flying Wild Muggs McGinnis 1941-03-10
Movie Out of the Fog Eddie 1941-06-14
Movie Down in San Diego 'Snap' Collins 1941-08-01
Movie Bowery Blitzkrieg Muggs McGinnis 1941-08-01
Movie Spooks Run Wild Muggs McGinnis 1941-10-24
Movie That Gang of Mine Muggs Maloney 1940-09-23
Movie Boys of the City Muggs McGinnis 1940-07-15
Movie Hullabaloo Apartment House Bellhop 1940-10-25
Movie Gallant Sons Doc Reardon 1940-11-15
Movie Pride of the Bowery Muggs Maloney 1940-12-15
Movie Hell's Kitchen Gyp Haller 1939-07-03
Movie They Made Me a Criminal Spit 1939-01-21
Movie Angels Wash Their Faces Leo Finnegan 1939-08-26
Movie On Dress Parade Slip Duncan 1939-11-18
Movie Invisible Stripes Jimmy 1939-12-30
Movie Private Detective Newsboy 1939-12-09
Movie The Beloved Brat Spike Matz 1938-04-30
Movie Mannequin Clifford Cassidy 1938-01-21
Movie Crime School Charles 'Spike' Hawkins 1938-05-10
Movie Angels with Dirty Faces Bim 1938-11-26
Movie Swingtime in the Movies Crime School Kid (uncredited) 1938-12-24
Movie Dead End Spit 1937-08-27
Movie Headin' East Boy Boxer in Gym (uncredited) 1937-12-13
Movie Portia on Trial Joe Gannow 1937-11-08
Movie Words & Music Unknown 1931-11-01