Jay C. Flippen (born March 6, 1899, Little Rock, Arkansas – February 3, 1971, Los Angeles, California) is an American character actor who often played police officers or weary criminals in many movies of the 1940s/’50s.
Flippen was already an established vaudeville singer and stage actor, after being discovered by famed African-American comedian Bert Williams in the 1920s, before shifting his focus to films. At one time he was a radio announcer for New York Yankees games and was one of the first game show announcers. Between 1924 and 1929, Flippen recorded over 30 songs for Columbia, Perfect and Brunswick. He called himself “The Ham What Am,” and performed occasionally in blackface. He worked quite a few times with director Anthony Mann, also with Nicholas Ray and Stanley Kubrick.
His films include They Live by Night (1948), Winchester ‘73 with James Stewart (1950), Flying Leathernecks with John Wayne (1951), Bend of the River again with Stewart (1952), The Wild One with… read more