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  • BIRTH 28/12/1892
  • DEATH 22/06/1979
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 6
  • MOVIES 32

Emory Parnell

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Emory Parnell (December 29, 1892 – June 22, 1979) was an American vaudeville performer and actor who appeared in over 250 films in his 36-year career. He was nicknamed "The Big Swede" and was sometimes credited as "Emery" or "Parnel".

Seeking better opportunities in Hollywood, Parnell and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California, where, helped by his red-faced Irish look of frustration, he immediately began to appear in films in a variety of role, such as policemen, doormen, landlords, and small town businessmen. One of his first films was Doctor Rhythm (1938).

Although his appearances were often in "B" films, such as the Ma and Pa Kettle series, he also made credible showings in "A" films as well. One notable part was as a Paramount studio executive who sang about avoiding libel suits to open 1941's Louisiana Purchase. Parnell was also part of writer-director Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors in the 1940s, appearing in five of Sturges' films, including The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, where he played the crooked banker, "Mr. Tuerck", the chief antagonist of William Demarest's "Constable Kockenlocker". He also made a memorable appearance as grumpy socialite Ajax Bullion in the Three Stooges short subject All the World's a Stooge.

Emory Parnell

Shows (6)

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Leo Mann
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Policeman
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Prospector
Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Henry Sawyer / Luther Gannon
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Ben Day / Nagel, Defense Counsel

Movies (32)

Sabrina
Sabrina
Charles
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon
Ship's Mate (uncredited)
Artists and Models
Artists and Models
Mr. Kelly (uncredited)
Man of the West
Man of the West
Henry
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Correspondent
'Mohican' Captain
The Band Wagon
The Band Wagon
Man on Train (uncredited)
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Rancho Notorious
Rancho Notorious
Sheriff (uncredited)
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Harem Sentry
Abie's Irish Rose
Abie's Irish Rose
Rabbi Jacob Samuels
Show Boat
Show Boat
Jake Green (uncredited)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Mr. PeDelford
Call Me Madam
Call Me Madam
Sen. Charlie Gallagher
Tall in the Saddle
Tall in the Saddle
Sheriff Jackson
Ma and Pa Kettle
Ma and Pa Kettle
Bill Reed
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Policeman (uncredited)
So You Want to Wear the Pants
So You Want to Wear the Pants
Mr. Batten (uncredited)
The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer
Policeman (uncredited)
King of Alcatraz
King of Alcatraz
Olaf
Let's Go Navy!
Let's Go Navy!
Police Sgt. Mulloy
Hellfire
Hellfire
Sheriff Duffy
Blondie on a Budget
Blondie on a Budget
Policeman Dempsey (uncredited)
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
Billy Reed
The Outlaw
The Outlaw
Dolan (uncredited)
Strange Triangle
Strange Triangle
Barney Shaefer
Rock Island Trail
Rock Island Trail
Sen. Wells
Casanova Brown
Casanova Brown
Frank, the Bell Captain
Battle of Rogue River
Battle of Rogue River
Sgt. McClain
Larceny, Inc.
Larceny, Inc.
O'Casey
That Certain Feeling
That Certain Feeling
Senator
Two O'Clock Courage
Two O'Clock Courage
Insp. Bill Brenner
The Crime Doctor's Courage
The Crime Doctor's Courage
Police Captain Birch