John Tyrrell (actor)

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John Tyrrell
Born John Edward Tyrrell
(1900-12-07)December 7, 1900
The Bronx, New York, United States
Died September 20, 1949(1949-09-20) (aged 48)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active 1935-1947
Spouse(s) Grette Ardine

John Tyrrell (December 7, 1900 – September 20, 1949) was an American film actor. He appeared in over 250 films between 1935 and 1947.


Tyrrell is best known for his prolific work with Columbia Pictures in the Three Stooges short subjects.[1] Like many actors in the Stooge comedies, Tyrrell was a salaried contract player. The Columbia stock company was called upon to play incidental roles in practically everything the studio produced: important films, low-budget "B" pictures, short subjects, and serials. (Some of these players graduated to stardom, like Lloyd Bridges, Bruce Bennett, Adele Mara, and Ann Doran.) John Tyrrell worked steadily at Columbia from 1938 to 1945. Occasionally, only Tyrrell's voice would be used, as a radio newsman, public-address announcer, or police-call dispatcher. Tyrrell and fellow stock player Eddie Laughton often appeared together in Columbia movies (frequently as mobsters waiting in a getaway car). Tyrrell's biggest role was probably in the 1939 serial Mandrake the Magician, in which he played a masked crime lord's right-hand man.


After spending several months at Kingsbridge Veteran's Hospital in the Bronx, New York, John Tyrrell died of pneumonia in 1949.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Shifres, Ed (2006). The Three Stooges Journal #119. The Three Stooges Fan Club. p. 8. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 

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