from Hell's House (1932)
|Born||Trent Bernard Durkin
July 2, 1915
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 1935
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Road accident|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California|
|Other names||Junior Dirkin
Junior Durkin (July 2, 1915 – May 4, 1935) was an American stage and film actor.
Born Trent Bernard Durkin in New York City, he began his acting career in theater as a child. Durkin first appeared in films in 1930, playing the role of Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930), and Huckleberry Finn (1931), with Jackie Coogan playing the role of Tom Sawyer. Under contract to RKO Radio Pictures, he was cast in a series of “B” films in comedy roles that capitalized on his gangly appearance. He co-starred in Hell's House (1932) with then newcomer Bette Davis.
RKO began grooming him for more adult roles, and in his final film Chasing Yesterday (1935), he was billed as Trent Durkin.
In 1935, Durkin was returning from a hunting trip in Mexico with Jackie Coogan, and three others, including Coogan's father and producer Robert J. Horner. Coogan's father had to swerve to avoid colliding with a car coming straight at him, and the car left the road, rolling repeatedly until it landed in a creek bed about 50 miles from San Diego, California.  Jackie Coogan was the only survivor.
|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||Chasing Yesterday||Henri||Credited as Trent Durkin|
- Stern and Ian McKellen, Keith (2009). Queers in History. Dallas, Texas. p. 493. ISBN 978-1933771878.
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