|Born||Edward Jackson Culpepper
June 14, 1902
Palestine, Texas, U.S.
|Died||April 1, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Singer, dancer, comedian, musician, nightclub manager|
|Spouse(s)||Ginger Rogers (m. 1929–31)
Dawn Stanton (m. 1935–79)
|Children||Cynthia Pepper (b. 1940)|
Pepper began entertaining on Vaudeville in his youth with his sisters Helen and Winnie Mae. Jack Pepper 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.
1929 also marked the first of Pepper's sound film appearances.
By his second wife, Dawn, Pepper was the father of actress Cynthia Pepper.
Pepper continued to appear in films as a character actor into the 1960s.
- 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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