John Tyrrell (actor)

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John Tyrrell
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Tyrrell in The Three Stooges film So Long Mr. Chumps (1941)
John Edward Tyrrell

(1900-12-07)December 7, 1900
DiedSeptember 20, 1949(1949-09-20) (aged 48)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active1916-1947
Spouse(s)Grette Ardine

John Edward Tyrrell (December 7, 1900 September 20, 1949) was an American film actor. He appeared in over 250 films between 1935 and 1947, known for his numerous appearances in the Three Stooges, in a total of 28 shorts with Curly Howard as a third stooge.



Tyrrell was 16 years old when he became involved in vaudeville, part of the team Tyrrell and Mack. Like many actors in the Stooge comedies, Tyrrell was a salaried contract player. The Columbia stock company was called upon to play incidental roles in practically everything the studio produced: important films, low-budget "B" pictures, short subjects, and serials. (Some of these players graduated to stardom, like Lloyd Bridges, Bruce Bennett, Adele Mara and Ann Doran.) John Tyrrell worked steadily at Columbia Pictures from 1935 to 1946 for 11 years. Occasionally, only Tyrrell's voice would be used, as a radio newsman, public-address announcer, or police-call dispatcher. Tyrrell and fellow stock player Eddie Laughton often appeared together in Columbia movies (frequently as mobsters waiting in a getaway car). One of Tyrrell's biggest roles was probably in the 1939 serial Mandrake the Magician , in which he played a masked crime lord's right-hand man. Modern viewers will also remember him in several shorts of The Three Stooges, such as A Plumbing We Will Go as Judge Hadley, B.O. Davis/Lone Wolf Louie in So Long Mr. Chumps , In the Sweet Pie and Pie as the maître d', Williams, Mr. Dill in Dizzy Detectives, and other of his 28 appearances in the Three Stooges, all of them with Curly Howard.


Tyrrell's final appearance with the Three Stooges was in Uncivil War Birds (1946). After spending several months at Kingsbridge Veteran's Hospital in the Bronx, New York, possibly due to some of his health problems, John Tyrrell died of complications from pneumonia on September 20, 1949, at age 48. [1]

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  1. Shifres, Ed (2006). The Three Stooges Journal #119. The Three Stooges Fan Club. p. 8. ISBN   0-9711868-0-4.