Allyn Joslyn

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Allyn Joslyn
Allyn Joslyn in I Love Melvin trailer.jpg
Joslyn in I Love Melvin (1953)
Born(1901-07-21)July 21, 1901
DiedJanuary 21, 1981(1981-01-21) (aged 79)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active1918–1973
Dorothy Yockel
(m. 1935;died 1978)

Allyn Joslyn (July 21, 1901 – January 21, 1981) was an American stage, radio, television and film actor, known for his roles playing aristocratic wealthy snobs. [1]



Allyn Joslyn was born in Milford, Pennsylvania, the son of a mining engineer.[ citation needed ] On stage from age 17, Joslyn scored as a leading man in such Broadway productions as Boy Meets Girl (1936) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1941), appearing in the latter as beleaguered theatrical critic Mortimer Brewster. Apart from a single appearance in a 1930 Vitaphone movie short, Joslyn confined his work to the stage until moving to Hollywood in 1937. Hollywood didn't see Joslyn as a leading-man type. Thus, he spent most of his film career playing comic character roles: obnoxious reporters, weaklings, and formless "other men" who never got the girl, while stars such as James Cagney and Cary Grant took the roles he originated on Broadway.

Among his more notable film appearances were as the tough pilot in Only Angels Have Wings (1939); George in The Great McGinty (1940); the opportunistic wastrel in If I Had My Way (1940); the caustic director in No Time for Comedy (1940); the reporter in My Sister Eileen (1942); Albert Van Cleve, Don Ameche's cousin and snobbish rival for the affections of Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait (1943); an eccentric poet in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim ; the flippant crime-fiction author in Dangerous Blondes (1943); the wise sheriff in Moonrise (1948); the card shark disguised as a woman in Titanic (1953), and the star-struck father of a showgirl in I Love Melvin (1953). He played the occasional lead on screen, including in Strange Affair (1944) opposite Evelyn Keyes, and the sprightly B picture It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946), as Carole Landis's love interest.

A prolific radio and television performer, Joslyn was a co-star of the 1953–1954 ABC sitcom Where's Raymond? , in which he played Jonathan Wallace, brother of the title character Raymond Wallace. Joslyn and Lynn left the series in the 1954–1955 series, when it was renamed The Ray Bolger Show .

In 1957, Joslyn co-starred in eight episodes as literary agent George Howell in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Eve Arden Show . He also guest-starred in the NBC western series The Californians . In 1959, he was cast as Quag in the episode "Gold Sled" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series The Alaskans , starring Roger Moore. In the 1960–1961 season, Joslyn guest-starred on Pat O'Brien's ABC sitcom Harrigan and Son . He played a pompous colonel in the 1962 TV sitcom McKeever And The Colonel . That same year, he guest-starred in ABC's crime drama series Target: The Corruptors with Stephen McNally and Robert Harland. He was featured as well in some episodes of ABC's The Addams Family as the beleaguered Sam L. Hilliard, whose efforts as a school administrator and politician were continually undone by the Addams family.

Personal life

In 1935, Joslyn married Dorothy Yockel. They remained married until her death in 1978 and had one daughter.[ citation needed ]


On January 21, 1981, Joslyn died of heart failure at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 79. [2] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. [3]

Partial filmography

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