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Dean Jagger – MovieActors.com

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Jagger in TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH.

Dean Jagger: Best Supporting Actor 1949: MovieActors.com

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TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH

Dean Jagger won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the American Major who helps turn the bomber base into an effective unit in the 1959 World War 2 classic, TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, with Gregory Peck.















About Dean Jagger (1903 – 1991)

Ira Dean Jagger was born on November 7th, 1903, in Columbus Grove, Ohio.
Dean Jagger had a long, productive film career, and had over 100 movies under his belt, working up to four years before he passed away.

Dean Jagger learned about being an actor at Chicago's Lyceum Arts Conservatory. He began his acting career in vaudeville, on the radio and on the stage during the 1920s. In 1925, Dean was cast in his first Broadway show in a bit part; in a George M Cohan production of AMERICAN BORN; a musical comedy.

In 1929, he was cast in his only silent movie, THE WOMAN FROM HELL, starring Mary Aster. Also in 1929, he had his first substantial film role, in the crime thriller, HANDCUFFED, playing opposite Virginia Brown Faire, and Wheeler Oakman.

By the 1930s, Dean Jagger's career as a supporting actor was rolling along. In 1935, he was in seven films, three of which are WINGS IN THE DARK, HOME ON THE RANGE, and PEOPLE WILL TALK.

In 1936, he did five films, three of which are PEPPER, STAR FOR A NIGHT, and WOMAN TRAP.

In 1937, he was in six films, three of which are ESCAPE BY NIGHT, SONG OF THE CITY, and WOMAN IN DISTRESS.

In the 1940s, Dean Jagger started to get some leading roles, in such films as WHEN STRANGERS MARRY;(1944).

A life-changing role that Dean Jagger experienced was being cast in a leading role as the Mormon leader, Brigham Young, in the 1940 film, BRIGHAM YOUNG. His performance was praised by the leader of the LDS Church, Heber J. Grant, as Dean used the same mannerisms, talked like Brigham, and gave an honest portrayal of this man. After years of careful study of Mormonism, Dean joined the Mormon Church in 1972.

In 1954, Dean Jagger played General Waverly in WHITE CHRISTMAS, with Bing Crosby.  Waverly is the former commanding office of Crosby's character and also the lodge owner whose resort is the setting for much romance and shenanigans.

Jagger played Elvis Presley's father in the 1958 movie, KING CREOLE.

In the critically acclaimed drama ELMER GANTRY;(1960), Dean Jagger portrayed the manager of a traveling evangelist. Also in 1960, Dean Jagger received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the 1971 cult classic, VANISHING POINT, Dean Jagger plays a prospector.

Dean Jagger died on February 5th, 1991, in Santa Monica from heart disease.

Dean Jagger's notable movie credits include...

HOME ON THE RANGE (1935)
BRIGHAM YOUNG (1940)
WESTERN UNION (1941)
THE NORTH STAR (1943)
A YANK IN LONDON (1945)
SISTER KENNY (1946)
RAWHIDE (1951)
DENVER AND RIO GRANDE (1952)
THE ROBE (1953)
EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954)
X THE UNKNOWN (1956)
THE NUN'S STORY (1959)
ELMER GANTRY (1960)
PARRISH (1961)
FIRST TO FIGHT (1967)
THE KREMLIN LETTER (1970)
THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPING CASE(TV MOVIE) (1976)
THE GAME OF DEATH (1978)
ALLIGATOR (1980)
EVIL TOWN (1987)

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Dean Jagger in TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH.