The Dead End Kids / Bowery Boys

by karljhickey14 | created - 09 Jul 2018 | updated - 09 Jul 2018 | Public

Every member of the Dead End Kids / Little Tough Guys / East Side Kids / Junior G Men / Gas House Kids / Bowery Boys in order ... work in progress

1. Billy Halop

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

Billy Halop's show business career started on radio in the 1920s and carried over to stage work on Broadway. There, in 1937, he and other teenage cast members of the stage hit "Dead End" were brought to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn for the film version of the play, which was a tremendous hit. Halop ...

2. Huntz Hall

Actor | Ghosts on the Loose

The 14th of 16 children born to an air conditioning repairman, Henry Richard Hall (he got the name "Huntz" from a brother who said his large nose made him look German) was anything but the tough street kid he played in the East Side Kids/Bowery Boys films. He made his stage debut at the age of 1 in...

3. Bobby Jordan

Actor | A Slight Case of Murder

Bobby was raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. By the time he was four and a half, he could act, tap dance and play the Saxophone. He made his stage debut in 1930 and film debut at Warner Bros./Vitaphone in 1931. He also reportedly had a bit part in the 1934 Eddie Cantor film, "Kid Millions". He then ...

4. Leo Gorcey

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

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...

5. Gabriel Dell

Actor | Hard Boiled Mahoney

The son of an Italian immigrant doctor, Gabriel "Gabe" Dell began his career singing in a boys church choir and then on a children's radio show. He made his stage debut in the play "Dead End" and, with the other juvenile members of the cast, was called to Hollywood for the film version. Dell was ...

6. Bernard Punsly

Actor | Hell's Kitchen

Bernard Punsly auditioned for the 1935 play "Dead End" on a lark - he had absolutely no show-business experience whatsoever, had never studied acting and had no desire to be an actor. He said that show business seemed like it might be fun, so he figured he'd give it a shot. To his surprise he was ...

7. Hal E. Chester

Producer | Crashout

Hal E. Chester was born on March 6, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Harold Ribotsky. He was a producer and actor, known for Crashout (1955), School for Scoundrels (2006) and Curse of the Demon (1957). He was married to Virginia Wetherly. He died on March 25, 2012 in London, England.

8. Frankie Thomas

Actor | Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

This one-time wiry, curly-haired juvenile actor of 30s Depression era films grabbed major focus toward the end of his acting career as 50s space hero Tom Corbett on the smaller screen, then moved away from the limelight finally seeing his future in the cards.

He was born Frank M. Thomas, Jr. on ...

9. David Gorcey

Actor | Mr. Wise Guy

Leo Gorcey's younger brother, David Gorcey is not usually thought of as one of the "original" Dead End Kids, but he did have a small role in the 1935 Broadway production of Sidney Kingsley's "Dead End" - and he is the person responsible for getting his brother Leo a part in the play. Ultimately ...

10. Jackie Searl

Actor | Great Expectations

A fairly well-known child actor who never made it to the ranks of a Jackie Cooper or Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Searl nevertheless gained a film following in the 1930s. A bratty counterpart to Jane Withers, the blond, freckled, clean-cut Jackie was born in Anaheim, California in 1921 and started ...

11. William 'Billy' Benedict

Actor | Adventures of Captain Marvel

William Benedict was active in the drama department of his Tulsa, Oklahoma, high school and, at the height of the Depression (1934), decided to relocate to California. At first, he wanted to be a dancer, but when he discovered that dancers were a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood, he concentrated on acting...

13. Jackie Cooper

Actor | Superman

Jackie Cooper was born John Cooper in Los Angeles, California, to Mabel Leonard, an Italian-American stage pianist, and John Cooper. Through his mother, he was the nephew of actress Julie Leonard, screenwriter Jack Leonard, and (by marriage) director Norman Taurog. Jackie served with the Navy in ...

14. Elisha Cook Jr.

Actor | Rosemary's Baby

Although this pint-sized actor started out in films often in innocuous college-student roles in mid-30s rah-rahs, playing alongside the likes of a pretty Gloria Stuart or a young, pre-"Oz" Judy Garland, casting directors would soon enough discover his flair for portraying intense neurotics or ...

15. James McCallion

Actor | Coogan's Bluff

James McCallion was born on September 27, 1918 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Coogan's Bluff (1968), Illegal (1955) and Vera Cruz (1954). He was married to Nora Marlowe. He died on July 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

16. Bobs Watson

Actor | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Born in Los Angeles almost a year after the start of Great Depression. Bob (whose nickname 'Bobs' was given to him by his father, and for legal and professional reasons he adopted professionally) is from a family of 9 siblings; 6 boys and 3 girls. He made his first on-screen appearance as a (...

17. Darryl Hickman

Actor | Network

Although younger brother Dwayne Hickman is probably the better-remembered sibling today with his still-huge cult following as TV's Dobie Gillis, Darryl Hickman was certainly the more popular actor and deemed more talented when they were children. During his years at MGM in the wartime 40s, Darryl ...

18. Edward Emerson

Actor | I Cover Chinatown

Edward Emerson was born on September 13, 1903 in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for I Cover Chinatown (1936), There Goes Kelly (1945) and Behind the Criminal (1937). He died on April 11, 1975 in The Bronx, New York, USA.

19. John Kellogg

Actor | A Walk in the Sun

John Kellogg was born on June 3, 1916 in Hollywood, California, USA as Giles Vernon Kellogg Jr. He was an actor, known for A Walk in the Sun (1945), Twelve O'Clock High (1949) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). He died on February 22, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

20. Tommy Kelly

Actor | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tommy Kelly was born on April 6, 1925 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Francis Kelly. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938) and Irene (1940). He was married to Susie Burch. He died on January 26, 2016 in Greensboro, ...

21. Norman Abbott

Director | The Last of the Secret Agents?

Norman Abbott was born on July 11, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966), Keep 'Em Slugging (1943) and Get Smart (1965). He was married to Gayle Dominique and Grace Hartman. He died on July 9, 2016 in Valencia, Santa ...

22. Jimmie Dodd

Actor | Thundering Trails

Composer, songwriter ("Mickey Mouse March"), actor, singer, guitarist and conductor, Jimmie Dodd was educated at the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Conservatory and Vanderbilt University. He began his career in 1933 as a guitarist and singer on radio, coming to Hollywood in 1937 to play ...

23. David Durand

Actor | The Bad Sister

David Durand was born on July 27, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as David Parker Grey. He was an actor, known for The Bad Sister (1931), Little Men (1934) and Scouts to the Rescue (1939). He died on July 25, 1998 in Bridgeview, Illinois, USA.

24. Harris Berger

Actor | Newsboys' Home

Harris Franklin Berger grew up in the Bronx, New York in the 1920s, along with his brother Arthur who was 8 years his senior. His father Jack was an optometrist who had grown up on the lower East Side of Manhattan. His mother Millie, while a citizen of the United States, had been born in ...

25. Donald Haines

Actor | Bowery Blitzkrieg

Donald Haines was born on May 9, 1919 in Seward County, Nebraska, USA. He was an actor, known for Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941), That Gang of Mine (1940) and Flying Wild (1941). He died on February 20, 1943 in North Africa.

26. Frankie Burke

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

Francis Vaselle Aiello was born June 6, 1915, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. He worked many odd jobs after graduating High School, including working with his father, Carmine, who owned a tailoring shop. He earned the nickname "The earl of Warwick" because of his ...

27. Sam Edwards

Actor | Captain Midnight

Sam Edwards grew up in a show business family, having made his debut on stage while he was just a baby (his mother, the actress Edna Park, was holding him). With his family, he acted on radio in "The Adventures of Sunny and Buddy," and on his family's show, "The Edwards Family."

28. Edwin Brian

Actor | Scouts to the Rescue

Edwin Brian was born on December 30, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Edwin Brian. He was an actor, known for Scouts to the Rescue (1939), Captain Fury (1939) and East Side Kids (1940). He died on June 27, 1986 in Los Angeles.

29. Dave O'Brien

Writer | The Red Skelton Show

Former chorus boy who would become a star in "B" westerns, and later a successful comedy writer (under the name David Barclay) and TV director. O'Brien is notable as one of the relatively few success stories to emerge out of the drek of poverty row, where he blissfully worked for nearly a decade ...



Recently Viewed