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Ralph Dunn

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Birth dateMay 23, 1900
Place of birthTitusville, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of deathFebruary 19, 1968(age 67)
Death placeFlushing, Queens, New York, USA

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Ralph Dunn (May 23, 1900 February 19, 1968) was an American film, television, and stage actor.


Dunn was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Dunn's father was a veterinarian for the U.S. Army during WWI, and his mother was an actress. Dunn was enrolled briefly at the University of Pennsylvania, but left after one day to join a Vaudeville troupe.

Ralph Dunn used his burly body and rich, theatrical voice to good effect in hundreds of minor feature-film roles and supporting appearances in two-reel comedies. He came to Hollywood during the early talkie era, beginning his film career with 1932's The Crowd Roars.

A large man with a withering glare, Dunn was an ideal "opposite" for short, bumbling comedians like Lou Costello in the 1944 Abbott and Costello comedy In Society, Dunn plays the weeping pedestrian who explains that he does not want to go to Beagle Street because that is where a 2-ton safe fell on his head and killed him. A frequent visitor to the Columbia short subjects unit, Dunn showed up in the Three Stooges comedies Mummy's Dummies, as well as Who Done It? and its remake, For Crimin' Out Loud

Dunn kept busy into the 1960s, appearing in such TV series as Kitty Foyle and such films as Black Like Me.

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