from Hell's House (1932)
|Born||Trent Bernard Durkin
July 2, 1915
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 1935
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California|
|Other names||Junior Dirkin
Junior Durkin (July 2, 1915 – May 4, 1935) was an American stage and film actor.
Born Trent Bernard Durkin in New York City, Durkin began his acting career in theater while a child. He entered films in 1930, playing the role of Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930), and Huckleberry Finn (1931). Under contract with RKO Radio Pictures he was cast in a series of “B” films in comedic roles that capitalized on his gangly appearance. He achieved another success in Hell's House (1932) co-starring then newcomer Bette Davis.
RKO began grooming him for a transition into more adult roles, and in his final film Chasing Yesterday (1935), he was billed as Trent Durkin.
In 1935 he was traveling with his friend, actor Jackie Coogan, and three other people, including Coogan's father and producer Robert J. Horner, when their vehicle was involved in a road accident in San Diego, California. Jackie Coogan was the only survivor of the accident. Durkin was living with agent Henry Willson at the time of his death. The two reportedly were lovers.
|1930||Recaptured Love||Henry Parr|
|1930||Tom Sawyer||Huckleberry Finn|
|1931||Huckleberry Finn||Huckleberry Finn|
|1932||Hell's House||Jimmy Mason||Alternative title: Juvenile Court
Credited as Junior Dirkin
|1933||Man Hunt||William 'Junior' Scott, Jr.|
|1934||Big Hearted Herbert||Junior Kalness||Credited as Trent Durkin|
|1934||Ready for Love||Joey Burke|
|1934||Chasing Yesterday||Henri||Credited as Trent Durkin|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Junior Durkin.|
- Junior Durkin at the Internet Movie Database
- Junior Durkin at the Internet Broadway Database
- Junior Durkin at Find a Grave