Edward Jackson Culpepper
June 14, 1902
Palestine, Texas, U.S.
|Died||April 1, 1979 (aged 76)|
|Occupation||Singer, dancer, comedian, musician, nightclub manager|
(m. 1929; div. 1931)
(m. 1935; his death 1979)
Pepper began entertaining on the Vaudeville circuit in his youth with his sisters Helen and Winnie Mae. He first came to national prominence in the 1920s as part of the duo "Salt and Pepper" with Frank Salt. Pepper sang and played ukulele in a style similar to that of Cliff Edwards in addition to doing comic and dance bits. "Salt and Pepper" appeared prominently in Broadway revues, made radio broadcasts, and recorded a number of sides for Cameo Records in the mid-1920s.
After striking out on his own Pepper teamed up with dancer Ginger Rogers as "Ginger and Pepper." Rogers and Pepper were married from 1929 to 1931. While the marriage was short-lasting, they continued to speak respectfully of each other all their lives.
The year 1929 marked Pepper's film debut in the short subject, "After the Show".
Pepper continued as a film and television character actor into the 1960s. He made three guest appearances during the 1964-65 final season of The Jack Benny Program. He was seen with Academy Award winner Lee Marvin in the 1965 hit comedy Cat Ballou. Throughout his long career Jack Pepper appeared in ten Bob Hope features including his final role in the 1969 comedy, How to Commit Marriage.
He was buried at the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
- Road to Singapore (1940) - Newspaper Columnist (uncredited)
- Rhythm on the River (1940) - Bob's cabbie (uncredited)
- Silver Canyon (1951) - Bit Role (uncredited)
- My Favorite Spy (1951) - FBI Man (uncredited)
- Son of Paleface (1952) - Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
- Just for You (1952) - Stagehand (uncredited)
- Stop, You're Killing Me (1952) - The Singer
- Off Limits (1952) - Bartender (uncredited)
- Trouble Along the Way (1953) - Irish Tenor / Pianist in Saloon (uncredited)
- A Star Is Born (1954) - Chef (uncredited)
- The Seven Little Foys (1955) - Theater Manager (uncredited)
- Lucy Gallant (1955) - Minor Role (uncredited)
- Anything Goes (1956) - Man (uncredited)
- That Certain Feeling (1956) - Extra (uncredited)
- Beau James (1957) - Politician (uncredited)
- Man on Fire (1957) - Club Member (uncredited)
- I Married a Woman (1958) - Crawford (uncredited)
- Once Upon a Horse... (1958) - Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
- The Five Pennies (1959) - Ship Worker (uncredited)
- Bachelor in Paradise (1961) - Floor Man (uncredited)
- Papa's Delicate Condition (1963) - Joe (uncredited)
- Critic's Choice (1963) - 1st Baseman (uncredited)
- The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) - Sport Fishmern (uncredited)
- Cat Ballou (1965) - Banjo Player (uncredited)
- Vaudeville, Old & New, by Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly. Routledge, 2007.
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