Contents 1 Early life 2 Early career 3 Film career 3.1 Television and radio 4 Personal life 4.1 Oakridge estate 5 Legacy 6 Filmography 7 Bibliography 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Jack Oakie was born as Lewis Delaney Offield in Sedalia, Missouri at 522 w 7th Street. His father, James Madison Offield(1880-1939) was a grain dealer and his mother, Evelyn Offield (nee Jump)(1868-1939), a psychology teacher.[1] When he was five years old the Offield family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, the source of his "Oakie" nickname.[1] His adopted first name, Jack, was the name of the first character he played on stage. Young Lewis/Jack grew up mostly in Oklahoma but also lived for periods of time with his grandmother in Kansas City, Missouri. While there he attended Woodland Elementary and made spending money as a paperboy for The Kansas City Star. He recalled years later that he made especially good money selling "extras" in November, 1916 during the re-election of President Woodrow Wilson.[1]

Early career[edit] 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. 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. Oakie worked in various musicals and comedies on Broadway from 1923 to 1927, when he moved to Hollywood to work in movies at the end of the silent film era. Oakie appeared in five silent films during 1927 and 1928. As the age of the "talkies" began, he signed with Paramount Pictures in 1927.[2] He made his first talking film, The Dummy, in 1929.

Film career[edit] When his contract with Paramount ended in 1934, Oakie decided to freelance. He was remarkably successful, appearing in 87 films, most made in the 1930s and 1940s. In the film Too Much Harmony (1933), the part of Oakie's on-screen mother was played by his real mother Mary Evelyn Offield. During the 1930s he was known as "The World's Oldest Freshman", as a result of appearing in numerous films with a collegiate theme. He was also known for refusing to wear screen make-up of any kind, and the frequent use of double-take in his comedy. Oakie was quoted[3] as saying of his studio career: “ The pictures I made were called the bread and butter pictures of the studio. They cost nothing and made millions, and supported the prestige productions that cost millions and made nothing. ” Oakie portrayed Benzino Napaloni, the boisterous dictator of Bacteria, in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. This role was a broad parody of the fascist then-dictator of Italy, Benito Mussolini. With Tina Louise in The New Breed TV series, 1961. Television and radio[edit] Not being limited by a film studio contract, Oakie branched into radio and had his own radio show between 1936 and 1938. Late in his career he appeared in various episodes of a number of television shows, including The Real McCoys (1963, three times as Uncle Rightly), Breaking Point (Episode #22 A Child of the Center Ring,1964), Daniel Boone (1966), and Bonanza (1966).

Personal life[edit] Oakie was married twice. His first marriage to Venita Varden in 1936 ended in 1938 when Venita got an interlocutory decree of divorce. They reconciled, but finally divorced in 1944. (She died in 1948 in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624 at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania). Oakie's second marriage was to actress Victoria Horne in 1950, with whom he lived at "Oakridge" until his death in 1978. Jack Oakie died on January 23, 1978, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 74 from an aortic aneurysm. His remains were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale (top of the hill, Whispering Pines section), in Los Angeles County. Oakridge estate[edit] Jack and Victoria Oakie lived their entire married life at "Oakridge", their 11-acre (45,000 m2) estate at 18650 Devonshire Street (just west of Reseda Boulevard) in Northridge, a suburb of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. They acquired the former "Marwyck" estate of actress Barbara Stanwyck in 1950. Stanwyck commissioned the original residence designed by Paul Williams. Oakie planted a citrus orchard and bred Afghan Hounds, at one time having up to 100 dogs on the property. Victoria Oakie continued to live there after her husband's death and bequeathed the estate to the University of Southern California, which sold it to developers. After two failed attempts to develop the property, Oakridge was acquired by the City of Los Angeles in December, 2009.[4] Oakridge is considered to be one of the last remnants of the large Northridge equestrian estates, famed for former thoroughbred breeding. The city plans to use the property as a park and community event center. The Paul Williams house and the grounds are Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #484.[5][6][7]

Legacy[edit] In 1981, the "Jack Oakie Lecture on Comedy in Film" was established as an annual event of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the inaugural presentation, Oakie was described as "a master of comic timing and a beloved figure in the industry."[8] Jack Oakie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, and his hand and footprints can be found at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. A small display celebrating the comedy and fame of Jack Oakie is at Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. There is a plaque in the ground in front of the home where he was born in Sedalia, Missouri. Jack Oakie is mentioned in the Coen Brothers film Barton Fink as the favorite actor of Charlie, a character played by John Goodman.

Filmography[edit] Year Film Role Notes 1923 His Children's Children Minor Role Uncredited Big Brother Bit Part Uncredited 1924 Classmates Bit Part Uncredited 1928 Finders Keepers B.B.Brown Road House Sam The Fleet's In Searchlight Doyle Someone to Love Michael Casey 1929 Sin Town "Chicken" O'Toole The Dummy Dopey Hart Chinatown Nights The Reporter The Wild Party Al Close Harmony Ben Barney The Man I Love Lew Layton Street Girl Joe Spring (USA title: Barber John's Boy) Hard to Get Marty Martin Fast Company Elmer Kane Sweetie Tap-Tap Thompson Hit the Deck Bilge 1930 The Social Lion Marco Perkins The Sap from Syracuse Littleton Looney (aka The Sap from Abroad from Abroad) Let's Go Native Voltaire McGinnis Paramount on Parade Himself (as one of the MC's of the film) Galas de la Paramount Comedy Episode Sea Legs Searchlight Doyle 1931 The Gang Buster "Cyclone" Case June Moon Frederick Martin Stevens Dude Ranch Jennifer Touchdown Babe Barton (UK title: Playing the Game) 1932 Dancers in the Dark Duke Taylor Sky Bride Alec Dugan Make Me a Star Himself Uncredited Million Dollar Legs Migg Tweeny Once in a Lifetime George Lewis Madison Square Garden Eddie Burke If I Had a Million Pvt. Mulligan Uptown New York Eddie Doyle 1933 From Hell to Heaven Charlie Bayne Sailor Be Good Kelsey Jones The Eagle and the Hawk Mike Richards College Humor Barney Shirrel Too Much Harmony Benny Day Sitting Pretty Chick Parker Alice in Wonderland Tweedledum 1934 Looking for Trouble Casey Murder at the Vanities Jack Ellery Shoot the Works Nicky Nelson (UK title: Thank Your Stars) College Rhythm Francis J. Finnegan 1935 The Call of the Wild Shorty Hoolihan The Big Broadcast of 1936 Spud Miller 1936 King of Burlesque Joe Cooney Collegiate (UK title: Charm School) Jerry Craig Colleen Joe Cork Florida Special Bangs Carter The Texas Rangers Henry B. "Wahoo" Jones That Girl from Paris Whammo Lonsdale 1937 Champagne Waltz Happy Gallagher Super-Sleuth Willard "Bill" Martin The Toast of New York Luke Fight for Your Lady Ham Hamilton Hitting a New High Corny Davis 1938 Radio City Revels Harry Miller The Affairs of Annabel Lanny Morgan Annabel Takes a Tour Lanny Morgan (aka Annabel Takes a Trip) Thanks for Everything Bates 1940 Young People Joe Ballantine The Great Dictator Benzino Napaloni Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Tin Pan Alley Harry Calhoun Little Men Willie the Fox 1941 The Great American Broadcast Chuck Hadley Navy Blues Cake O'Hara Rise and Shine Boley Bolenciecwcz 1942 Song of the Islands Rusty Smith Iceland Slip Riggs (UK title: Katina) 1943 Something to Shout About Larry Martin Hello Frisco, Hello Dan Daley Wintertime Skip Hutton 1944 It Happened Tomorrow Uncle Oscar Smith aka Gigolini The Merry Monahans Pete Monahan Sweet and Low-Down Popsy Bowery to Broadway Michael O'Rourke 1945 That's the Spirit Steve "Slim" Gogarty On Stage Everybody Michael Sullivan 1946 She Wrote the Book Jerry Marlowe 1948 Northwest Stampede Mike Kirby (Clem) When My Baby Smiles at Me Bozo Evans 1949 Thieves' Highway Slob 1950 Last of the Buccaneers Sgt. Dominick 1951 Tomahawk Sol Beckworth (UK title: Battle of Powder River) 1956 Around the World in 80 Days Captain of the 'SS Henrietta' 1959 The Wonderful Country Travis Hyte 1960 The Rat Race Mac, Owner of Macs Bar 1961 Lover Come Back J. Paxton Miller

Bibliography[edit] Jack Oakie (1980). Jack Oakie's Double Takes. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 0-89407-019-3.  Autobiography published posthumously by Oakie's widow on January 1, 1980. 240 pages. Victoria Horne Oakie (1994). "Dear Jack": Hollywood birthday reminiscences to Jack Oakie. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-113-3.  Letters of congratulation and reminiscence sent from almost 150 celebrities to Jack Oakie in celebration of his 70th birthday. Compiled & edited by Mrs Oakie to commemorate his 90th birthday. 140 pages.

References[edit] ^ a b c Christensen, Lawrence O.; Foley, William E.; Kremer, Gary R. (1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press. p. 578.  ^ Staff, (2015-02-03). "Jack Oakie | Biography and Filmography | 1903". Retrieved 2017-10-31.  ^ Jack Oakie biography at the Internet Movie Database website. Accessed June 16, 2007. ^ Northridge West Neighborhood Council Bulletin, June 19, 2010 ^ Book description for Jack Oakie's Oakridge at Accessed June 16, 2007. ^ "City of Los Angeles Acquires Historic Oakridge Estate" (PDF). City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources. July 2010. p. 5. Retrieved November 6, 2010.  ^ "Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) List" (PDF). City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources. August 9, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010. [permanent dead link] ^ "The Jack Oakie Lecture on Comedy in Film" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website. Accessed June 16, 2007.

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