Junior Durkin

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Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin in Hell's House.jpg
from Hell's House (1932)
Born Trent Bernard Durkin
(1915-07-02)July 2, 1915
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died May 4, 1935(1935-05-04) (aged 19)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Road accident
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
Nationality American
Other names Junior Dirkin
Trent Durkin
Occupation Actor
Years active 1923–1935

Junior Durkin (July 2, 1915 – May 4, 1935) was an American stage and film actor.


Born Trent Bernard Durkin in New York City, Durkin began his acting career in theater while a child. He entered films in 1930, playing the role of Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930), and Huckleberry Finn (1931). Under contract with RKO Radio Pictures he was cast in a series of “B” films in comedic roles that capitalized on his gangly appearance. He achieved another success in Hell's House (1932) co-starring then newcomer Bette Davis.

RKO began grooming him for a transition into more adult roles, and in his final film Chasing Yesterday (1935), he was billed as Trent Durkin.


In 1935 he was traveling with his friend, actor Jackie Coogan, and three other people, including Coogan's father and producer Robert J. Horner, when their vehicle was involved in a road accident in San Diego, California. Jackie Coogan was the only survivor of the accident. Durkin was living with agent Henry Willson at the time of his death. The two reportedly were lovers.[1]

Durkin was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1930 Recaptured Love Henry Parr
1930 Tom Sawyer Huckleberry Finn
1931 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1932 Hell's House Jimmy Mason Alternative title: Juvenile Court
Credited as Junior Dirkin
1933 Man Hunt William 'Junior' Scott, Jr.
1934 Big Hearted Herbert Junior Kalness Credited as Trent Durkin
1934 Ready for Love Joey Burke
1934 Little Men Franz
1934 Chasing Yesterday Henri Credited as Trent Durkin


  1. ^ Stern and Ian McKellen, Keith (2009). Queers in History. Dallas, Texas. p. 493. ISBN 978-1933771878. 

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