James Bacon (author)
May 12, 1914|
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 18, 2010
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, columnist, actor|
|Children||Roger Bacon, Kathleen Brooks, Margaret Smith, Thomas Bacon, and James Bacon|
James "Jim" Bacon (May 12, 1914 – September 18, 2010) was an American author and journalist who also worked as an actor in film and television. He wrote historical accounts of his years observing Hollywood and a biography of Jackie Gleason.
Life and career
Bacon was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended the University of Notre Dame from 1933–1936, dropping out during his senior year in order to help his parents, who had recently lost their home in a flood. He earned his degree in journalism in 1943 from Syracuse University and then served in the Navy. After leaving the Associated Press in 1966, he wrote briefly for The Hollywood Reporter and then for 17 years for The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. He had published a weekly column in Beverly Hills  magazine since 1996.
Although a columnist by trade, Bacon appeared in numerous films, generally in walk-on cameos, often as reporters or newsmen. He appeared in all five films in the 'Planet of the Apes' series, becoming the only actor to do so. He portrayed an ape in each of the films with the exception of Escape from the Planet of the Apes, in which he played a human, General Faulkner. This was the only film of the 'Ape' series in which he was credited.
Bacon wrote a biography on Jackie Gleason, which was published in 1985, entitled How Sweet It Is: The Jackie Gleason Story. In 1999, Bacon was the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story episode. Bacon received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 6, 2007.
- The Longshot (1986) .... Track Usher
- Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) .... Reporter at Clinic
- Underground Aces (1981) .... Businessman #2
- The Man with Bogart's Face (1980) .... Reporter
- Meteor (1979) .... News Reporter
- South by Southwest (1978) TV episode .... Reporter
- Good Guys Wear Black (1978) .... Senator
- Capricorn One (1978) .... Reporter #4
- Mean Dog Blues (1978) .... Court Clerk
- Sextette (1978) .... Reporter
- The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) .... Himself (as Jim Bacon)
- Tunnel Vision (1976) .... Gene Scallion
- Planet Earth (1974) (TV) .... Partha
- The Outfit (1973) .... Bookie
- Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) (uncredited) .... Ape
- ... aka Colonization of the Planet of the Apes
- Night Gallery .... Reporter (1 episode, 1972)
- ... aka Rod Serling's Night Gallery (USA)
- Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) (uncredited) .... Ape
- Adam-12 .... Newsman ... (2 episodes, 1971)
- The Seven Minutes (1971) (as Jim Bacon) .... Reporter
- Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) .... General Faulkner
- The Virginian ... 2nd Reporter (1970 episode: "With Love, Bullets and Valentines")
- Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) (uncredited) .... Ape
- Skullduggery (1970) .... Commentator
- The Big Valley .... Hotel Clerk (1 episode, 1969)
- Planet of the Apes (1968) (uncredited) .... Ape
- ... aka Monkey Planet
- Way... Way Out (1966) (uncredited) .... Reporter
- Underworld U.S.A. (1961) (uncredited) .... Newspaperman
- Cry for Happy (1961) (uncredited) .... Press Correspondent
- Pepe (1960) (uncredited) .... Bartender
- The Roaring 20's .... Jim (1 episode, 1960)
- Pay or Die (1960) (uncredited) .... Subway Guard
- The Rebel .... Dude (1 episode, 1960)
- Black Tuesday (1954) (uncredited) .... Reporter at Electrocution
- L.A. Confidential, page 2, Notre Dame Magazine Online – University of Notre Dame Archived 2008-10-12 at the Wayback Machine.
- L.A. Confidential, by Robert Cubbage, Notre Dame Magazine Online – University of Notre Dame Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Canton Repository, Canton, Stark County & Northeast Ohio News, Community Events & Classifieds[permanent dead link]
- New York Daily News obituary (with photo)