Irving Bacon

Irving Bacon
Born Irving Von Peters
(1893-09-06)September 6, 1893
Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Died February 5, 1965(1965-02-05) (aged 71)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1920–60
Spouse(s) Freda Lee Scofield (1921-1928) (her death) 2 children (Robert and Barbara)
Margaret (Peggy) Beaver (1930-1934) (divorce) 1 child (Frank)
Bernice (?)
  • Myrtle Vane, actress (birth name Lena Davis) (mother)

Irving Bacon (September 6, 1893 – February 5, 1965) was an American character actor who appeared in almost 500 films.[1]


He played on the stage for a number of years before getting into films in 1920. Bacon was sometimes cast in films directed by his namesake Lloyd Bacon (incorrectly named as his brother in several sources) such as The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938). He often played comical "Average Guys". In the late 1930s and early 1940s, he played the weary postman Mr. Crumb in Columbia Pictures' Blondie film series. One of his bigger roles was as a similarly flustered postman in the thriller Cause for Alarm! in 1952. During the 1950s, Bacon worked steadily in a number of television sitcoms, most notably I Love Lucy, where he appeared in two episodes, one of which cast him as Ethel Mertz's father.[2][3][4]

Partial filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1923 Anna Christie Uncredited
1929 Two Sisters Chumley
1930 Street of Chance Harry
1931 Branded Men Ramrod
1932 This Is the Night Jacques
Sing, Bing, Sing Helen's father
The Big Broadcast Prisoner
1934 Broadway Bill
It Happened One Night Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1935 Ship Cafe Slim
1936 Forgotten Faces Pretty
1938 The First Hundred Years Wilkins
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Foreman of jury
1939 The Oklahoma Kid Hotel Clerk
Second Fiddle Harvey Vaughan
Gone With the Wind Corporal
1940 The Grapes of Wrath Driver
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Becker
Blondie on a Budget Mailman
1941 Meet John Doe Beany
Caught in the Draft Cogswell
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Mr. Albert Merney
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break The Soda Jerk
1942 Holiday Inn Gus
1943 Shadow of a Doubt Station Master
In Old Oklahoma Ben Alternative title: War of the Wildcats
What a Woman! Newsman Alternative title: The Beautiful Cheat
Action in the North Atlantic Bartender Uncredited
1944 Casanova Brown
1945 Week-End at the Waldorf Sam Skelly
Hitchhike to Happiness Dennis Colby
1947 Monsieur Verdoux Pierre Couvais
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Melvin Alternative title: Bachelor Knight
Dear Ruth Delivery Man
1948 Albuquerque Dave Walton
California's Golden Beginning short
State of the Union Buck Swanson
Moonrise Judd Jenkins
1950 Woman in Hiding "Pops" Link
1951 Cause for Alarm!' Joe Carston
1952 Room for One More The Mayor
1953 Fort Ti Sgt. Monday Wash
1954 The Glenn Miller Story Mr. Miller
A Star Is Born Graves
1955 Run for Cover Scotty
1958 Ambush at Cimarron Pass Judge Stanfield
Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Bigelow Theatre 1 episode
1953 The Ford Television Theatre 1 episode
1954 Four Star Playhouse Hamilton Carter 1 episode
1954–1955 My Little Margie Mr. Townsend - Roberta's father 2 episodes
1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Charlie Irwin, Sr. 1 episode
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre Dad 1 episode
1956 Cavalcade of America Patton 1 episode
1956–1957 December Bride Andy 2 episodes
1957 The Gale Storm Show Crackers 1 episode
1958 The Real McCoys Howard Anderson 1 episode
The Donna Reed Show Mayor Webster 1 episode
1960 Laramie 1 episode


  1. "Irving Bacon | BFI | BFI". 1965-02-05. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  2. "Irving Bacon Biography & Filmography". Matinee Classics. 1965-02-05. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  3. "I Love Lucy: The Marriage License". Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  4. Irving Bacon 0 comments. "Irving Bacon - Classic Images: People". Classic Images. Retrieved 2014-04-13.

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