Mickey Shaughnessy

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Mickey Shaughnessy
Mickey Shaughnessy in Jailhouse Rock trailer.jpg
in Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Born Joseph Michael Shaughnessy
(1920-08-05)August 5, 1920
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 23, 1985(1985-07-23) (aged 64)
Cape May Court House, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active 1952–85

Joseph Charles "Mickey" Shaughnessy (August 5, 1920 – July 23, 1985) was an Irish American character actor and comedian who specialized in playing lovable, but not-too-bright lugs. He was known for roles such as the tough, experienced mentor of Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock and Maxi the punch-drunk boxer in Designing Woman (1957) opposite Gregory Peck.

The New York City-born Shaughnessy was a Golden Gloves boxer.[1] He started out as a singer, before becoming a comedian.[2] He served in World War II and appeared in a US Army revue called "Stars and Gripes".[2] After the war, a Columbia Pictures producer saw him performing on stage and offered him a screen test.[2] In addition to his film career, he also worked in radio and television and had a nightclub act.[1]

He lived in Wildwood, New Jersey, and died at the age of 64 of heart failure at Cape May Court House, New Jersey.[2] He was survived by his wife Sarah, four daughters and three sons.

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  1. ^ a b "Mickey Shaughnessy, Known for Comic Irish Movie, TV Roles, Dies". Los Angeles Times. July 27, 1985. 
  2. ^ a b c d Peter W. Kaplan (January 26, 1985). "Mickey Shaughnessy Dead; Comedian and Movie Actor". The New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2012. Mickey Shaughnessy, a barrel-chested, pug-faced comedian who appeared in 41 movies, including From Here to Eternity, died of heart failure Tuesday in Cape May Courthouse, N.J. He was 64 years old and lived in Wildwood, N.J. 

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