Full Name: James Howard Dunn
Nickname: Jimmy (sometimes stylized “Jimmie”)
Born: Saturday, November 2, 1901
Died: Friday, September 1, 1967 (Age 65)
Birthplace: 146th and Broadway, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City
Parents: Ralph and Jessie (Archer) Dunn
Father’s Occupation: Stockbroker
Height: 6′ (according to contemporary fan magazines)
Before Acting: Selling lunch wagons, vaudeville and Broadway performer.
First Film Appearance: In the Nick of Time (1929 short)
Edna O’Lier (some sources say Addie Louise Barton)
Frances Gifford (1938-1942) Deceased
Edna Rush* (1945-his death) Deceased
Children: William Jim “Billy” Pick (stepson, adopted by Jimmy after marrying Edna Rush.) Most sources state Billy’s surname as “Tick” but recent research leads me to believe it was actually “Pick.” While I have not been able to prove this conclusively, I am fairly sure that Billy was born July 3, 1940 and passed away in 2007. Special thanks to Rhonda Brown for all her help and hard work in researching this matter.
Studio Contracts: Fox Films
Awards and Recognition: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Awarded in 1946 for his role as Johnny Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
*A note of trivia, Edna Rush’s Maid of Honor was author Betty Smith, who wrote A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.