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Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland
Birthday 1884-12-15
Death 1964-04-29
Also Known As Joseph M. Kerrigan


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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.


1956The Fastest Gun Alive as Kevin McGovern
1955It's a Dog's Life as Paddy Corbin
195420,000 Leagues Under the Sea as Billy
1953The Silver Whip as Riley
1952My Cousin Rachel as Reverend Pascoe
1952Park Row as Dan O'Rourke
1952The Wild North as Callahan
1951Sealed Cargo as Skipper Ben
1949Mrs. Mike as Uncle John
1949The Fighting O'Flynn as Timothy
1948The Luck of the Irish as Tatie the Innkeeper
1946Abie's Irish Rose as Patrick Murphy
1946Black Beauty as John
1945She Went to the Races as Jeff Habbard
1945The Spanish Main as Pillery Gow
1945The Crime Doctor's Warning as Robert MacPherson (uncredited)
1945The Great John L. as Father O'Malley
1945Tarzan and the Amazons as Splivens
1944The Big Bonanza as 'Judge' Jasper Kincaid
1944Wilson as Edward Sullivan
1944The Fighting Seabees as Sawyer Collins
1943Mr. Lucky as Mr. McDougal
1943Action in the North Atlantic as Caviar Jinks
1942Captains of the Clouds as Foster (storekeeper / Emily's father)
1942The Vanishing Virginian as John Phelps
1941The Wolf Man as Charles Conliffe
1941Appointment for Love as Timothy
1940The Long Voyage Home as Crimp
1940Untamed as Angus McGavity
1940No Time for Comedy as Jim
1940One Crowded Night as Brother 'Doc' Joseph
1940The Sea Hawk as Eli Matson
1940Curtain Call as Mr. Middleton
1940Young Tom Edison as Mr. McCarney
1940Congo Maisie as Captain Finch
1939Gone with the Wind as Johnny Gallagher
1939Two Thoroughbreds as Jack Lenihan
1939Sabotage as Mel
19396,000 Enemies as Dan Barrett
1939The Zero Hour as Timothy
1939Sorority House as Lew Fisher
1939Union Pacific as Monahan
1939Undercover Agent as Tom 'Pop' Madison
1939The Kid From Texas as Farr
1939The Flying Irishman as Mr. Clyde Corrigan Sr.
1939The Great Man Votes as Hot Shot Gillings
1938Ride a Crooked Mile as Sgt. Flynn
1938Little Orphan Annie as Tom Jennings
1938Spring Madness as Mr. Maloney (uncredited)
1937London by Night as Tims
1936The Plough and the Stars as Uncle Peter
1936Lloyd's of London as Brook Watson
1936The General Died at Dawn as Leach
1936Spendthrift as Pop O'Connell
1936Special Investigator as Judge Plumgate
1936Colleen as Pop Reilly
1936Laughing Irish Eyes as Tim
1936The Prisoner of Shark Island as Judge Maiben
1935A Feather in Her Hat as Pobjoy
1935Barbary Coast as Judge Harper
1935Hot Tip as Matt
1935Werewolf of London as Hawkins
1935The Informer as Terry
1935Vanessa: Her Love Story as Perkins (uncredited)
1934The Fountain as Shordley
1934The Key as O'Duffy
1934A Modern Hero as Mr. Ryan
1934The Lost Patrol as Quincannon
1933Paddy the Next Best Thing as Collins
1933A Study in Scarlet as Jabez Wilson
1933Air Hostess as Pop Kearny
1932Rockabye as Fagin
1932Vanity Street as Dan - Irish Cop (uncredited)
1932Careless Lady as Trowbridge
1931The Black Camel as MacMaster
1931Don't Bet on Women as Chipley Duff
1930Lightnin' as Judge Lemuel Townsend
1930Song o' My Heart as Peter
1930New Movietone Follies of 1930
1929Lucky In Love
1923Little Old New York as John O'Day

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