Joe Flynn

1924 - 1974

Born on November 8, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio and after attending Northwestern University, Flynn began his entertainment career as a ventriloquist and as a radio performer. During World War II, he served in the Army's Special Services Branch (formerly the Morale Branch) entertaining the troops in the United States. After the war, Flynn moved to Hollywood. He made his film debut as Joseph Flynn in the bottom-of-the-barrel, beneath-B-picture potboiler The Big Chase (1954), which co-starred Lon Chaney Jr., which he followed up with a part as a priest in The Seven Little Foys (1955) starring Bob Hope.Flynn began to achieve success on television in the late 1950s, becoming a regular on The George Gobel Show (1954). This landed him a role on The Joey Bishop Show (1961), but Flynn was dumped after the first season by Bishop for stealing too many scenes. By the time he was booted off, he had developed a reputation as a reliable comic foil.The termination of his Bishop gig proved fortuitous for

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