Oscar Actors: Jagger, Dean–Supporting Actor Oscar, Twelce O’Clock High

Career Summary:

Oscar awards: 1 Supporting Actor, Twelve O’clock High, 1949

Age at winning: 46

Cumulative Advantage: Emmy Award

Born November 7, 1903 in Lima, Ohio.

Died Feb 5, 1991, age 87.

Raised on farms in Columbus Grove, Ohio, and rural Indiana, Jagger taught elementary school for several semesters before deciding on an acting career.

Replacing Spencer Tracy

After attending the Lyceum Art Conservatory in Chicago, he joined a stock company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, replacing Spencer Tracy.

Jagger later appeared in vaudeville, on radio, and on Broadway;

He made his screen debut in 1929, and soon developed into a lead and character actor. Bald, robust, and personable, he played a variety of roles, including men of action.

He received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the intense WWII drama, Henry Koster’s “Twelve O’Clock High” (1949), which was also nominated for the Best Picture.

In the film, he played the retread World War veteran, middle-aged adjutant Major/Lt. Col. Harvey Stovall, who acts as an advisor to the commander, General Savage (Gregory Peck).

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Reportedly, Jagger refused to work with director Joseph Losey on the 1956 sci-fi, “The Unknon,” because Losey was on the Hollywood blacklist.  After a few days of shooting, Losey was replaced by Leslie Norman.

Jagger was in Three Brave Men (1956), The Great Man (1956) (second billed to José Ferrer), Zane Grey Theatre, Bernadine (1957) with Pat Boone, an episode of Playhouse 90, Forty Guns (1957) for Sam Fuller, and The Proud Rebel (1958) with Alan Ladd and directed by Michael Curtiz.

Jagger also portrayed the father of Elvis Presley’s character in 1958’s King Creole, directed by Curtiz.

Jagger appeared in Zinnemann’s “The Nun’s Story” (1959), playing the father of Audrey Hepburn, and was the traveling manager for an evangelist played by Jean Simmons in the acclaimed 1960 drama “Elmer Gantry.”

TV Work and Emmy Awards and Nominations

Jagger was also an accomplished actor on TV, including the “Mr. Novak” series (1963-1965).

He won an Emmy for his role in a 1980 segment of the religious program, “This Is the Life.”

Oscar Alert

In 1949, Dean Jagger competed for (and won) the Supporting Actor Oscar in a race that included John Ireland in “All the King’s Men,” Arthur Kennedy in “Champion,” Ralph Richardson in “The Heiress,” and James Whitmore in “Battleground.”