Irving Bacon

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Irving Bacon
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Bacon in The Bashful Bachelor, 1942
Irving Von Peters

(1893-09-06)September 6, 1893
DiedFebruary 5, 1965(1965-02-05) (aged 71)
Years active1920–1960
Spouse(s)Freda Lee Scofield (1921-1928; her death) 2 children (Robert and Barbara)
Margaret (Peggy) Beaver (1930-1934; divorce); 1 child (Frank)
Bernice Peters
  • Myrtle Vane, actress (born as Lena Davis) (mother)

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


Bacon played on the stage for a number of years before getting into films in 1920. Bacon was sometimes cast in films directed by his namesake 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 the late 1930s and early 1940s, he played the weary postman Mr. Crumb in Columbia Pictures' Blondie film series. One of his bigger roles was as a similarly flustered postman in the thriller Cause for Alarm! in 1952.

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.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1923 Anna Christie Minor Role Uncredited
1927 California or Bust Wade Rexton
His First Flame Man Who Jumps Out of Window Uncreidted
The Girl from Everywhere The Casting Director
1928 Three Sinners Uncredited
The Head Man Mayor
The Good-Bye Kiss Col. Von Stein
1929 Tide of Empire Townsman Uncredited
Two Sisters Chumley
Side Street Henchman Slim Uncredited
The Saturday Night Kid McGonigle Uncredited
Half Way to Heaven Slim
1930 Burning Up Yokel Driver Uncreidted
Street of Chance Harry
Night Work Bit Uncredited
Second Honeymoon Waiter Uncredited
1931 Scandal Sheet Reporter Kent Uncredited
Fighting Caravans Mustachioed Barfly Uncredited
It Pays to Advertise Photographer Uncredited
The Vice Squad Masher Uncredited
Big Business Girl Waiter Uncredited
Alias – the Bad Man Ranger Repeater
Bad Girl Expectant Father Uncredited
Branded Men Ramrod
Her Majesty, Love Hotel Valet Uncredited
Ladies of the Big House Juror Uncredited
1932 This Is the Night Jacques
Million Dollar Legs Secretary of War Uncredited
Sing, Bing, Sing Helen's father
The Big Broadcast Prisoner
1933 Shadows of Sing Sing Highbrow
1934 Broadway Bill
It Happened One Night Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1935 Ship Cafe Slim
1936 Forgotten Faces Pretty
1937 The Jones Family in Big Business Mr. Kinney
1938 The First Hundred Years Wilkins
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Foreman of jury
1939 The Oklahoma Kid Hotel Clerk
Second Fiddle Harvey Vaughan
Gone With the Wind Corporal
1940 The Grapes of Wrath Driver
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Becker
Blondie on a Budget Mailman
1941 Meet John Doe Beany
Caught in the Draft Cogswell
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Mr. Albert Merney
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break The Soda Jerk
1942 Holiday Inn Gus
1943 Shadow of a Doubt Station Master
In Old Oklahoma Ben Alternative title: War of the Wildcats
What a Woman! Newsman Alternative title: The Beautiful Cheat
Action in the North Atlantic Bartender Uncredited
So's Your Uncle Dempster
Dixie Dugan Mr. Kelly
1944 Casanova Brown
1945 Week-End at the Waldorf Sam Skelly
Hitchhike to Happiness Dennis Colby
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 Bellweather
Dear Ruth Delivery Man
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Melvin Alternative title: Bachelor Knight
High Wall Gas Station Owner Uncredited
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 Realtor Uncredited
Whispering Smith Telegrapher Uncredited
California's Golden Beginning Short
1949 Dynamite Jake
John Loves Mary George Beachwood Uncredited
The Green Promise Mr Larkins
El Paso Stage Passenger Uncredited
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 Foreman Uncredited
Dear Wife Mike Man
Sons of New Mexico Chris Dobbs
1950 Woman in Hiding "Pops" Link
Wabash Avenue Harlan Uncredited
Riding High Hamburger Man
The Happy Years Mr. Conover Uncredited
Never a Dull Moment Tunk Johnson Uncredited
Born to Be Bad Jewelry Salesman
Emergency Wedding Filbert - Mechanic
Mr. Music Benson, Jewelry Clerk Uncredited
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
1958 Fort Apache
Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Bigelow Theatre 1 episode
1953 The Ford Television Theatre 1 episode
1954 Four Star Playhouse Hamilton Carter 1 episode
1954–1955 My Little Margie Mr. Townsend - Roberta's father 2 episodes
1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Charlie Irwin, Sr. 1 episode
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre Dad 1 episode
1956 Cavalcade of America Patton 1 episode
1956–1957 December Bride Andy 2 episodes
1957 The Gale Storm Show Crackers 1 episode
1958 The Real McCoys Howard Anderson 1 episode
The Donna Reed Show Mayor Webster 1 episode
1960 Laramie 1 episode


  1. ^ "Irving Bacon profile". February 5, 1965. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Irving Bacon biography/filmography". Matinee Classics. February 5, 1965. Retrieved April 13, 2014.[dead link]
    - "I Love Lucy: The Marriage License". Lucyfan Enterprises. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
    - "Irving Bacon". Classic Images. Retrieved April 13, 2014.

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