Recognize that face?
There he is, Jay Constantine Flippen, in Stanley Kubrick’s memorable 1956 noir, The Killing; and in Anthony Mann’s 1954 western, The Far Country; and as Sheriff Stew Singer in the 1953 Marlon Brando vehicle, The Wild One; and finally, with John Wayne in one of three titles starring the Duke.
No question that Flippen was a skilled and versatile actor who logged more than 100 movie and tv credits over a career that lasted over 40 years.
His craggy, mug-like features made him perfect for crime dramas and westerns, and Flippen — born in Arkansas in 1899 — elevated any picture or tv show he was in. His career, however, was bedeviled by serious physical ailments, and the actor died relatively early at the age of 71.
But he was all over the place in the late Forties, Fifties and Sixties. Let’s see how much you know about him. As usual questions today and answers tomorrow.
1) Question: It’s not widely know that Flippen was an accomplished entertainer and personality long before he set foot in front of a camera. Which one these vocations did Flippen NOT excel in? a) radio sportscaster; b) singer; c) comedian; or d) gameshow host.
2) Question: Flippen was broadly popular among his fellow Hollywood professionals, and he enjoyed a very close friendship with which one of the following directors? a) Alfred Hitchcock; b) Anthony Mann; c) Nicholas Ray; or d) Jacques Tourneur.
3) Question: Flippen during the shooting of a major film sustained a leg infection which mushroomed into an amputation, and put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. a) True; or b) False.
4) Question: Like many of his peers, Flippen turned up on a ton of tv shows in the later stage of his career. Which one of the following shows did he NOT appear in? a) Johnny Ringo; b) The Untouchables; c) The Virginian; or d) The Road West.
5) Question: During his pre-Hollywood vaudeville days, Flippen was “discovered” by which one of the following famous comedians? a) Bert Williams; b) George Jessel; c) Eddie Cantor; or d) George Burns.