Jack Oakie

Born Nov 12, 1903

Jack Oakie was an American actor, starring mostly in films, but also working on stage, radio and television.

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1903 Birth Born on November 12, 1903.


1916 12 Years Old He recalled years later that he made especially good money selling "extras" in November, 1916 during the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson.
1920 16 Years Old Oakie worked as a runner on Wall Street, New York City, and narrowly escaped being killed in the Wall Street bombing of September 16, 1920.
1923 19 Years Old 1 More Event
While in New York, he also started appearing in amateur theatre as a mimic and a comedian, finally making his professional debut on Broadway in 1923 as a chorus boy in a production of Little Nellie Kelly by George M. Cohan.


1927 23 Years Old Oakie appeared in five silent films during 1927 and 1928.
1929 25 Years Old As the age of the "talkies" began, he signed with Paramount Pictures, making his first talking film, The Dummy, in 1929.


1934 30 Years Old When his contract with Paramount ended in 1934, Oakie decided to freelance. … Read More
1936 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Not being limited by a film studio contract, Oakie branched into radio and had his own radio show between 1936 and 1938. … Read More


1950 46 Years Old Oakie's second marriage was to actress Victoria Horne in 1950, with whom he lived at "Oakridge" until his death in 1978.


1978 74 Years Old Jack Oakie died on January 23, 1978, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 74 from an aortic aneurysm. … Read More
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