Jack Dunn (figure skater)
|Full name||John Edward Powell Dunn|
|Country represented||United Kingdom|
|Born||28 March 1917|
|Died||16 July 1938
Hollywood, Los Angeles
John "Jack" Edward Powell Dunn (28 March 1917 – 16 July 1938) was a British figure skater who competed in the 1930s. His best finish was a silver medal at the 1935 World Figure Skating Championships.
Dunn was a close friend and lover of Sonja Henie, who was training in London towards the end of her competitive career. Following Henie's victory at the 1936 Winter Olympics, where Dunn placed sixth in the singles event, he accompanied the Henie family to the United States and became her professional skating partner in her touring ice show for the next two years. Their relationship ended when Henie became involved with Tyrone Power. Shortly afterward, in 1938, Dunn died from tularemia contracted from handling a rabbit while on a hunting trip in Texas. He died in Hollywood.
At the time of his death Dunn had appeared in the movie Everybody's Girl, been cast by producer Edward Small in the lead of The Duke of West Point (1938) and was in the running to play Rudolph Valentino in a film based on that actor's life.
|Winter Olympic Games||6th|
- MR. JACK DUNN The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959) [Manchester (UK)] 18 July 1938: 5.
- HIGHLIGHTING THE WEEK'S NEWS New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 19 June 1938: 3.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: ' Life of Rudolph Valentino,' Starring Jack Dunn, to Be Made by United Artists TWO FILMS OPEN TODAY Orlob, Producer, Buys Motion-Picture Rights to '- - - - One-third of a Nation - - - -' Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORE TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 15 June 1938: 27.
- Sports-reference profile
- Raymond Strait and Leif Henie: Queen of Ice, Queen of Shadows: The Unsuspected Life of Sonja Henie. ISBN 0-8128-8518-X.
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