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Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon in Meet John Doe (1941).jpg
Bacon in Meet John Doe (1941)
Irving von Peters

(1893-09-06)September 6, 1893
DiedFebruary 5, 1965(1965-02-05) (aged 71)
Years active1912–1960
Freda Lee Scofield
(m. 1921;died 1928)
Margaret (Peggy) Beaver
(m. 1930;div. 1934)
Bernice Peters
(m. 1937)

Irving Bacon (born Irving von Peters; [1] September 6, 1893 – February 5, 1965) was an American character actor who appeared in almost 500 films. [2]


Early years

Bacon was the son of entertainers Millar Bacon and Myrtle Vane. [3] He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, and grew up in San Diego, California. [4]


Bacon played on the stage for a number of years before getting into films in 1912 in Mack Sennett productions. [3] The actor returned to the Sennett studio in 1924, and appeared frequently in Sennett's silent and sound comedies as a supporting actor. By 1933 Bacon was so well established as a utility player that he was pressed into service to replace Andy Clyde—wearing Clyde's "old man" costume and makeup—in a Sennett comedy.

From Meet John Doe (1941), L-R: Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Irving Bacon, Barbara Stanwyck and James Gleason Meet John Doe 1941.jpg
From Meet John Doe (1941), L-R: Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Irving Bacon, Barbara Stanwyck and James Gleason

Irving Bacon was sometimes cast in films directed by Lloyd Bacon (incorrectly named as his brother in several sources)[ citation needed ] such as The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938). He often played comical "average guys" in scores of feature films; in 1939 alone he appeared in three dozen features. Today's audiences may know him as the soda jerk in the W. C. Fields comedy Never Give a Sucker an Even Break , the wily wagon driver in the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire musical Holiday Inn , the angry motel guest in the Oscar-winning short Star in the Night , and Glenn Miller's father in The Glenn Miller Story . His most familiar role was as Mr. Beasley, the weary postman in Columbia Pictures' Blondie film series.

During the 1950s, Bacon worked steadily in a number of television sitcoms, most notably I Love Lucy , in which he appeared in two episodes, one of which cast him as Ethel Mertz's father. [5]

Personal life

Bacon was married to Freda Lee Scoville until her death in 1928, and they had a son and a daughter. In June 1930, Bacon married Margaret Beaver, and they had a son, Frank.; [4] the couple were divorced in 1934. Bacon finally found happiness in 1937, when he wed Bernice Peters. He died on February 5, 1965, in Hollywood. [6]


1923 Anna Christie Minor RoleUncredited
1927 California or Bust Wade Rexton
His First Flame Man Who Jumps Out of WindowUncredited
The Girl from Everywhere The Casting Director
1928 Three Sinners Uncredited
The Head ManMayor
The Good-Bye KissCol. Von Stein
1929 Tide of Empire TownsmanUncredited
Two Sisters Chumley
Side Street Henchman SlimUncredited
The Saturday Night Kid McGonigleUncredited
Half Way to Heaven Slim
1930 Burning Up Yokel DriverUncredited
Street of Chance Harry
Night Work BitUncredited
Second Honeymoon WaiterUncredited
1931 Scandal Sheet Reporter KentUncredited
Fighting Caravans Mustachioed BarflyUncredited
It Pays to Advertise PhotographerUncredited
The Vice Squad MasherUncredited
Big Business Girl WaiterUncredited
Alias – the Bad Man Ranger Repeater
Bad Girl Expectant FatherUncredited
Branded Men Ramrod
Her Majesty, Love Hotel ValetUncredited
Ladies of the Big House JurorUncredited
1932 Union Depot Depot Hotel WaiterUncredited
No One Man Henry - License Clerk
The Big Timer Slim DuganUncredited
This Is the Night Sparks
The Strange Case of Clara Deane Rural Service Station AttendantUncredited
Week-End Marriage Grocery ClerkUncredited
Million Dollar Legs Secretary of WarUncredited
Madame Racketeer Gus, the Desk ClerkUncredited
The Big Broadcast Prisoner
They Call It Sin First Hotel ClerkUncredited
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Bill - BarberUncredited
If I Had a Million China Shop SalesmanUncredited
Central Park OscarUncredited
Lawyer Man Court GuardUncredited
The Match King Messenger with BraceletUncredited
1933 File 113 Lagors
Hello, Everybody! Radio AnnouncerUncredited
He Learned About Women Stage Door Man
Sing, Bing, Sing Helen's fatherShort
The Keyhole Grover - Brooks' ChauffeurUncredited
The Mind Reader ReporterUncredited
Central Airport Amarillo WeathermanUncredited
Song of the Eagle Assistant Burgher / PhotographerUncredited
Lilly Turner Earle YokumUncredited
Trouble Busters DeputyUncredited
Private Detective 62 Cab Driver
I Love That Man Prison DoctorUncredited
Laughing at Life Construction Engineer SurveyorUncredited
Double Harness Crab CountermanUncredited
Lady for a Day Pool Hall DupeUncredited
Golden Harvest Rev. Dr. SimmonsUncredited
Ann Vickers WaiterUncredited
The Bowery HickUncredited
Tillie and Gus Nosy Man at Gambling TableUncredited
Big Executive StorekeeperUncredited
Female Gas Station AttendantUncredited
Sitting Pretty Dice PlayerUncredited
Lone Cowboy ZekeUncredited
Shadows of Sing Sing Highbrow
1934 Eight Girls in a Boat MessengerUncredited
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Joel Prentiss
Massacre SecretaryUncredited
Six of a Kind Hotel Desk Clerk in PhilipsburgUncredited
It Happened One Night Gas Station AttendantUncredited
George White's Scandals HickUncredited
House of Mystery Police Insp. Ned Pickens
Honor of the Range TownsmanUncredited
Merry Wives of Reno Cook(scenes deleted)
Now I'll Tell Gambling House AttendantUncredited
Money Means Nothing Navy Secretary(scenes deleted)
The Hell Cat Regan
Hat, Coat, and Glove Coat SalesmanUncredited
Friends of Mr. Sweeney Hat AttendantUncredited
You Belong to Me Stage Manager
The Pursuit of Happiness Bijah
No Ransom Heinie
By Your Leave HarryUncredited
The President Vanishes Gray Shirt Garage AttendantUncredited
Ready for Love MilkmanUncredited
Broadway Bill Hamburger Stand OwnerUncredited
Babbitt Harry - BartenderUncredited
Little Men SilasUncredited
The Gay Bride Weight-GuesserUncredited
West of the Pecos Court
1935 Romance in Manhattan CountermanUncredited
Murder on a Honeymoon Man With PelicanUncredited
Private Worlds McLean (male nurse)
I'll Love You Always Theater ManagerUncredited
It's a Small World Cal
Goin' to Town CowboyUncredited
Mary Jane's Pa Clerk Getting Tied UpUncredited
The Glass Key WaiterUncredited
Men Without Names Town CharacterUncredited
Manhattan Moon Lunch Man
The Murder Man Merry-Go-Round OperatorUncredited
Bright Lights Postal WorkerUncredited
The Farmer Takes a Wife Mr. VernoyUncredited
Welcome Home CorneliusUncredited
Page Miss Glory WaiterUncredited
The Affair of Susan CabbyUncredited
Diamond Jim PassengerUncredited
Redheads on Parade EntwhistleUncredited
Wanderer of the Wasteland Bartender #1
Here Comes Cookie Thompson
The Virginia Judge Gus Skinner
Powdersmoke Range Gun Store Proprietor
It's a Great LifeSlimUncredited
Two-Fisted Brick Briggs
She Couldn't Take It Man at Toll GateUncredited
Bad Boy ButcherUncredited
Ship Cafe Slim
Millions in the Air Mr. Perkins
Man of Iron Jake - a Factory WorkerUncredited
Hitch Hike Lady Ed Simpson
1936 Timothy's Quest Henry - the Drunken Wagon DriverUncredited
Drift Fence Windy Watkins, Traft Foreman
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Mailman
The Music Goes 'Round Stuttering ManUncredited
Love on a Bet Farmer on Hay WagonUncredited
Petticoat Fever Carl
The Singing Kid Maine DriverUncredited
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town FrankUncredited
Forgotten Faces Pretty
Nobody's Fool ChauffeurUncredited
Three Cheers for Love Rider - Dance Director
San Francisco PicnickerUncredited
Rhythm on the Range Rodeo AnnouncerUncredited
The Bride Walks Out Hugh's ChauffeurUncredited
Earthworm Tractors Taxicab Driver
A Son Comes Home Hamburger Stand ProprietorUncredited
To Mary – with Love Chauffeur
Pepper Fireworks SalesmanUncredited
China Clipper Charlie - the JanitorUncredited
Hollywood Boulevard Gus - Trocadero Bartender
The Texas Rangers David's FatherUncredited
Lady Be Careful Happy
Wives Never Know Dr. MumfordUncredited
Murder with Pictures Keough
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Drug Store Clerk
The Big Broadcast of 1937 Property Man
Hopalong Cassidy Returns Peg Leg Holden
The Plainsman Hysterical TrooperUncredited
Arizona Mahoney Smokey
Let's Make a Million Jerry
1937 Dangerous Number DetectiveUncredited
Internes Can't Take Money Jeff
A Star Is Born Station AgentUncredited
They Gave Him a Gun Tall SoldierUncredited
There Goes My Girl Policeman Guarding Front EntranceUncredited
Angel's Holiday Fingerprint ExpertUncredited
The Jones Family in Big Business Mr. Kinney - Man with ToothacheUncredited
Sing and Be Happy PalmerUncredited
Marry the Girl Happy Elmer
Topper Hotel ClerkUncredited
Exclusive Dr. Boomgarten
Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 Curson - AccountantUncredited
Big City Jim Sloane
It's Love I'm After Elevator OperatorUncredited
Merry-Go-Round of 1938 OrganistUncredited
Big Town Girl Gas Station Attendant
Every Day's a Holiday Quartet member
True Confession The Coroner
1938 City Girl PorterUncredited
Midnight Intruder Evans - The Reitter Chauffeur
The Big Broadcast of 1938 Prisoner Playing HarmonicaUncredited
The First Hundred Years Wilkins
Mr. Moto's Gamble Sheriff TuttleUncredited
Tip-Off Girls Sam
College Swing Minor Role(scenes deleted)
Kentucky Moonshine Palace Hotel Clerk
Professor Beware PainterUncredited
Tropic Holiday Sol GrunnionUncredited
Passport Husband CountermanUncredited
Racket Busters Counter ManUncredited
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Foreman of jury
The Chaser Harvey, Streetcar Conductor
Letter of Introduction ReporterUncredited
The Texans Pvt. CollinsUncredited
Sing You Sinners Lecturer on Seals
Give Me a Sailor The DruggistUncredited
Spawn of the North Cannery OfficialUncredited
You Can't Take It with You Henry - the Head WaiterUncredited
The Mad Miss Manton Mr. Spengler - the Process ServerUncredited
There Goes My Heart Mr. Dobbs
The Sisters Robert Forbes
Exposed Crankpool (process server #2)
Hard to Get Gas Station AttendantUncredited
The Cowboy and the Lady Chester - Smith's SecretaryUncredited
Strange Facees MeggsUncredited
Blondie Mr. Beazley - the MailmanUncredited
Up the River PhilUncredited
Sweethearts Assistant DirectorUncredited
1939 They Made Me a Criminal Speed - Gas Station AttendantUncredited
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt Patrol Sergeant at Italian RestaurantUncredited
Boy Slaves Store ClerkUncredited
Made for Each Other Newark Radio OperatorUncredited
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn TadUncredited
The Arizona Wildcat
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man JailerUncredited
Nancy Drew... Reporter TracyUncredited
Tail Spin StorekeeperUncredited
The Oklahoma Kid Hotel Clerk
Blondie Meets the Boss 1st MailmanUncredited
The Spirit of Culver ClerkUncredited
Inside Story Gas Station AttendantUncredited
The Lady's from Kentucky Information ClerkUncredited
Big Town Czar Real Estate ManUncredited
Lucky Night Conductor
Torchy Runs for Mayor Hubert Ward
The Gracie Allen Murder Case Hotel Clerk
Bachelor Mother Clerk at Exchange WindowUncredited
Second Fiddle Harvey Vaughan
News Is Made at Night Mike - Fingerprint ManUncredited
Indianapolis Speedway Fred Haskill
Blondie Takes a Vacation Mailman
Behind Prison Gates Convict in Prison YardUncredited
I Stole a Million Simpson
Rio 'Mushy'
On Your Toes Second Stage ManagerUncredited
Hollywood Cavalcade Clerk
Pack Up Your Troubles DoughboyUncredited
At the Circus Telegraph ClerkUncredited
The Housekeeper's Daughter WoodburyUncredited
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence Sheriff Clem Diggers
Blondie Brings Up Baby Mailman
Too Busy to Work Gilligan
Gone With the Wind Corporal
Hollywood Slaves
1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Paul Gillis
His Girl Friday GusUncredited
Brother Rat and a Baby Hospital OfficialUncredited
The Grapes of Wrath Driver
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Becker
Broadway Melody of 1940 Soda JerkUncredited
Blondie on a Budget Mailman
Star Dust Jefferson Hotel Desk Clerk
The Doctor Takes a Wife Sam Appleby - Gas Station AttendantUncredited
Edison, the Man SheriffUncredited
Lillian Russell Soldier
On Their Own
You Can't Fool Your Wife Lippincott, GBG & P Clerk
Love, Honor and Oh-Baby!Cab Driver
Sailor's Lady StorekeeperUncredited
Manhattan Heartbeat Sweeney
Blondie Has Servant Trouble Mailman
Gold Rush Maisie Harry Gilpin
The Return of Frank James Bystander
Young People Otis
The Howards of Virginia Tom Norton
Dreaming Out Loud Wes Stillman
Blondie Plays Cupid Mailman
She Couldn't Say No Abner
Flight Command Taxi Driver(scenes deleted)
Michael Shayne, Private Detective Fisherman
Jennie Real Estate Broker
1941 Four Mothers Cigar Store ProprietorUncredited
The Wild Man of Borneo Wagon DriverUncredited
Western Union Barber
Back Street SkeetUncredited
Tobacco Road Teller
Blondie Goes Latin MailmanUncredited
Murder Among Friends Service Station AttendantUncredited
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Mr. Albert Merney
The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance ProjectionistUncredited
Meet John Doe Beany
Barnacle Bill Deck handUncredited
Ride on Vaquero Jailer Smoky
Too Many Blondes Radio Station Manager Twitchell
Million Dollar Baby Income Tax ManUncredited
Blondie in Society Mailman
Caught in the Draft Cogswell
Accent on Love Mr. Smedley
Our Wife DoormanUncredited
It Started with Eve Raven
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break The Soda Jerk
Great Guns Postman
Henry Aldrich for President Mr. McCloskey
Moon Over Her Shoulder Conrad - Taxi Driver
They Died with Their Boots On Uniform SalesmanUncredited
Look Who's Laughing (scenes deleted)
Skylark Ferryman(scenes deleted)
Cadet Girl Train conductor
Remember the Day Cecil
1942 Freckles Comes Home Constable Caleb Weaver
Young America Bart Munson
The Bashful Bachelor Sheriff / Fire Chief
Blondie's Blessed Event Mr. Crumb
The Great Man's Lady ParsonUncredited
The Spoilers Hotel ManagerUncredited
Sweetheart of the FleetStandish
Lady in a Jam Motel ProprietorUncredited
Thru Different Eyes Stu Johnson
Holiday Inn Gus
Footlight Serenade Stagehand
Blondie for Victory Mr. Crumb, Former Mailman
Pardon My Sarong Gas Station ProprietorUncredited
Give Out, Sisters Dr. Howard
Between Us Girls Soda Clerk
Get Hep to Love Mr. Hardwicke
Daring Young Man CrumbUncredited
Star Spangled Rhythm New England Farmer - 'Old Glory' NumberUncredited
1943 Happy Go Lucky First ReporterUncredited
Shadow of a Doubt Station Master
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday Ticket AgentUncredited
Two Weeks to Live Omar Tennyson Gimpel
Dixie Dugan Mr. Kelly
King of the Cowboys Alf Cluckus
A Stranger in Town Orrin Todds
Follow the Band Peterson
Action in the North Atlantic BartenderUncredited
The Desperadoes Dan Walters
It's a Great Life Mailman
Mister Big Jimmy, Malt Shop Proprietor
Hers to Hold Dr. Bacon
This Is the Army WaiterUncredited
The Good Fellows 'Gas' ManUncredited
So's Your Uncle Dempster
Top Man School PrincipalUncredited
Footlight Glamour Mr. Crum
My Kingdom for a Cook SheriffUncredited
Girl Crazy JohnUncredited
In Old Oklahoma BenAlternative title: War of the Wildcats
Gung Ho! Harry the Hamburger ManUncredited
A Guy Named Joe Cpl. HendersonUncredited
What a Woman! NewsmanAlternative title: The Beautiful Cheat
1944 Chip Off the Old Block Prof. Frost
Week-End PassSheriff Todd
Knickerbocker Holiday Peter Van StoonUncredited
Her Primitive Man Track Man
Pin Up Girl Janitor at Navy Dept.Uncredited
The Story of Dr. Wassell MissionaryUncredited
Song of the Open Road Man Saying 'Let's Go Pick Oranges'Uncredited
Since You Went Away Bartender at Cocktail LoungeUncredited
Wing and a Prayer Sailor ProjectionistUncredited
Casanova Brown Hotel Manager
Heavenly Days Tower, the Butler
The Thin Man Goes Home Tom
Can't Help Singing Bath House BarberUncredited
1945 Under Western Skies Sheriff James Whitcolm Wyatt
Roughly Speaking Customer in Music ShopUncredited
Patrick the Great Mr. Merney
Out of This World Irving Krunk
Hitchhike to Happiness Dennis Colby
Guest Wife Nosey Stationmaster
Week-End at the Waldorf Sam Skelly
Spellbound Railway GatemanUncredited
1946 One Way to Love Train Conductor
Night Train to Memphis Rainbow
Wake Up and Dream Toll Gate Attendant
1947 My Brother Talks to Horses Mr. Piper
Monsieur Verdoux Pierre Couvais
Saddle Pals Thaddeus Bellwether
Dear Ruth Delivery Man
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer MelvinAlternative title: Bachelor Knight (UK)
High Wall Gas Station OwnerUncredited
1948 Rocky Bert Hillman
Albuquerque Dave Walton
Adventures in Silverado Jake Willis
State of the Union Buck Swanson
The Velvet Touch Albert
Good Sam Tramp
Moonrise Judd Jenkins
Family Honeymoon Mr. Webb
Words and Music Hollywood RealtorUncredited
Whispering Smith TelegrapherUncredited
California's Golden Beginning Short
1949 Dynamite Jake
John Loves Mary George BeachwoodUncredited
The Green Promise Mr Larkins
El Paso Stage PassengerUncredited
The Big Cat Matt Cooper - Mailman
Manhandled Sgt. Fayle
Night Unto Night Real Estate Agent(scenes deleted)
It's a Great Feeling RR Information Clerk
The House Across the Street Jury ForemanUncredited
Dear Wife Mike Man
Sons of New Mexico Chris Dobbs
1950 Woman in Hiding "Pops" Link
Wabash Avenue HarlanUncredited
Riding High Hamburger Man
The Happy Years Mr. ConoverUncredited
Never a Dull Moment Tunk JohnsonUncredited
Born to Be Bad Jewelry Salesman
Emergency Wedding Filbert - Mechanic
Mr. Music Benson, Jewelry ClerkUncredited
1951 Cause for Alarm! Joe Carston
Katie Did It Conductor
Here Comes the Groom Baines, Butler
Honeychile Abner
Desert of Lost Men Sheriff Skeeter Davis
1952 Room for One More Mayor Michael J. Kane
Rose of Cimarron Sheriff
O. Henry's Full House Ebenezer Dorset(segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"), Uncredited
1953 Kansas Pacific Casey
Fort Ti Sgt. Monday Wash
Sweethearts on Parade Sheriff Doolittle
Devil's Canyon Old Guard
1954 The Glenn Miller Story Mr. Miller
Duffy of San Quentin Doc Sorin
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home John Maddocks
Black Horse Canyon Doc
A Star Is Born Graves
1955 Run for Cover Scotty
1955 At Gunpoint Al Ferguson
1955 Hidden Guns Doc Carter
1956 Dakota Incident Tully Morgan
1958 Ambush at Cimarron Pass Judge Stanfield
1958 Fort Massacre Charlie
1958Fort Apache
1951 The Bigelow Theatre 1 episode
1952 I Love Lucy Mr. Willoughby1 episode
1953 The Ford Television Theatre 1 episode
1954 Four Star Playhouse Hamilton Carter1 episode
1954–1955 My Little Margie Mr. Townsend - Roberta's father2 episodes
1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Charlie Irwin, Sr.1 episode
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre Dad1 episode
I Love Lucy Will Potter (Ethel's Father)1 Episode
1956 Cavalcade of America Patton1 episode
1956–1957 December Bride Andyi2 episodes
1957 The Gale Storm Show Crackers1 episode
1958 The Real McCoys Howard Anderson1 episode
The Donna Reed Show Mayor Webster1 episode
1960 Laramie Tooey1 episode

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