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in I Love Melvin (1953)
July 21, 1901|
Milford, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||January 21, 1981
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Spouse(s)||Dorothy Yockel (married 1935–1978, her death)|
Allyn Joslyn was born in Milford, Pennsylvania, the son of a mining engineer. 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. However, Hollywood didn't see Joslyn as a leading type. Thus, he spent most of his film career playing 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 tough flier Les Peters in Only Angels Have Wings (1939); George in The Great McGinty (1940); the caustic director in No Time for Comedy (1940); reporter Chic Clark 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 ; Dangerous Blondes (1943); and the cardshark disguised as a woman in Titanic (1953). In the sprightly B picture It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946), Joslyn was for once cast in the lead, even winning heroine Carole Landis at the fade-out.
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, the role of Ray Bolger. Betty Lynn played June Wallace, Joslyn's young wife in the series. 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 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 one-half of the title role on 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 in some episodes of ABC's The Addams Family playing the role of beleaguered Sam L. Hilliard, whose efforts as a school administrator and politician were continually undone by the Addams family.
In 1935, he married Dorothy Yockel. They remained married until her death in 1978 and had one daughter.
On January 21, 1981, Allyn 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 seventy-nine. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
- They Won't Forget (1937)
- Hollywood Hotel (1937)
- Expensive Husbands (1937)
- The Shining Hour (1938)
- Sweethearts (1938)
- Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
- Fast and Furious (1939)
- If I Had My Way (1940)
- The Great McGinty (1940)
- No Time for Comedy (1940)
- Spring Parade (1940)
- This Thing Called Love (1940)
- I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
- Bedtime Story (1941)
- My Sister Eileen (1942)
- The Affairs of Martha (1942)
- The Wife Takes a Flyer (aka A Yank In Dutch) (1942)
- Immortal Sergeant (1943)
- Young Ideas (1943)
- Heaven Can Wait (1943)
- Dangerous Blondes (1943)
- Bride by Mistake (1944)
- Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
- The Impostor (1944)
- The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
- Junior Miss (1945)
- Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)
- It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946)
- The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
- Moonrise (film) (1948)
- The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)
- Harriet Craig (1950)
- As Young as You Feel (1951)
- The Jazz Singer (1952)
- I Love Melvin (1953)
- Titanic (1953)
- Island in the Sky (1953)
- The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
- You Can't Run Away from It (1956)
- Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957)
- Nightmare in the Sun (1965)
- "Allen Joslyn". IMDb.com.
- "Where's Raymond?/ The Ray Bolger Show". ctva.biz. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
- Ap (1981-01-23). "Allyn Joslyn, 79, Actor In Movies and on Radio". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
- "Allyn Joslyn (1901 - 1981) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
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