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Vince Barnett

Former vaudevillian, who acquired a solid reputation as a practical joker and master of insult, second only to the great Groucho Marx. Celebrity hosts would often hire Vince to perform gags and put-on jokes at their lavish parties, where he would insult the guests and create mayhem in his wake. He often posed as heavily-accented journalists with names like 'Timothy Glutzspiegel'. Among the many victims of his pranks were such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford and the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen. Clark Gable nearly punched him out during a party given by Joan Crawford. Vince greeted Greta Garbo with "Good Morning, Miss Hepburn", and, as 'sound expert' Dr. Hoffman, instructed star Richard Barthelmess to take voice lessons from Texas Guinan or quit acting. During a trip to New York, he even cornered Mae West, posing as a member of the vice squad and threatening to close down her show ('Diamond Lil') unless she cut some of her bawdy dialogue. When the star acquiesced, the phoney inspector ordered her to burn the whole play and take the next train out of town. Not even Jack L. Warner was immune, being told by 'foreign producer' Barnett to learn the basics of film-making. Roly-poly, moustachioed, bald-pated Barnett followed in the footsteps of his father Luke, who had made a name for himself for playing similar pranks on people for thirty years in his home town of Pittsburgh. After studying at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Vince, who was an avid amateur pilot, flew mail planes for a couple of years before making his stage debut with "Earl Carroll's Vanities" in 1926. The following year, he acted on Broadway in "George White's Scandals". Movie roles soon followed. From 1930, Vince appeared, usually as comedy relief, in films and on television in a career spanning 45 years. Among his best-regarded early roles were Scarface (1932),as a dumb gangster; The Big Cage (1933), Thirty Day Princess (1934) and, in a perfectly-suited Runyonesque part, Princess O'Hara (1935). In later years, Vince often relinquished his comedy image and was seen in innumerable small roles, often as careworn little men, undertakers, janitors, bartenders and drunks in pictures ranging from films noir like The Killers (1946), to westerns such as Springfield Rifle (1952). In one of his last public appearances, Vince showcased his unique brand of humour with a monologue, delivered at Madison Square Garden in the vaudeville revue 'The Big Show of 1936'. It was to his ever-lasting regret that he never got the chance to match wits (and insults) with his illustrious Irish contemporary George Bernard Shaw.



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Born:
Jul 4, 1902 In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
105
First Appeared:
In the movie Wide Open 1930-02-01
Latest Project:
Movie Summer School Teachers 1974-08-01
Known For
Poster of The Rookie
Poster of Deputy Marshal
Poster of Blonde Comet
Poster of Boys of the City
Filmography

Summer School Teachers (1974)

Comedy
Movie
as Principal Adams
5 2 votes

Here's Lucy (1968)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.4 5 votes

Cimarron Strip (1967)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Green Acres (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.4 17 votes

The Family Jewels (1965)

Comedy
Movie
as Automobile Owner at Gas Station
5.7 9 votes

Glynis (1963)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 30 votes

The Rookie (1959)

Comedy
Movie
as Pentagon janitor

Girl on the Run (1958)

Movie
as Janitor

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Letter to Loretta (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Jazz Singer (1953)

Music Drama
Movie
as Bartender
6 1 votes

Carson City (1952)

Western
Movie
as Henry
4 4 votes

Kentucky Jubilee (1951)

Music Comedy
Movie
as Mugsy

Border Treasure (1950)

Western
Movie
as Pokey
6 1 votes

Mule Train (1950)

Western
Movie
as Joe - Barber

Deputy Marshal (1949)

Western
Movie
as Hotel Clerk

Big Town Scandal (1948)

Crime
Movie
as Louie Snead - the bondsman
5 1 votes

Gas House Kids Go West (1947)

Comedy Adventure Western
Movie
as Steve

Shoot to Kill (1947)

Crime
Movie
as Charlie Gill
4 4 votes

I Cover Big Town (1947)

Drama
Movie
as Louis Murkil
6 1 votes

The Trespasser (1947)

Action Adventure Crime
Movie
as Bartender
6.0 1 votes

Brute Force (1947)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Muggsy
7.2 36 votes

High Wall (1947)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Henry Cronner
5.8 5 votes

Big Town After Dark (1947)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Louie Snead
6 1 votes

No Leave, No Love (1946)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Ben

The Lady or the Tiger? (1946)

Drama
Movie
as The King

The Killers (1946)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Charleston
7.5 73 votes

The Falcon's Alibi (1946)

Crime Mystery
Movie
as Goldie Locke
6 2 votes

The Virginian (1946)

Romance Western
Movie
as Baldy
2.8 4 votes

The Big Show-Off (1945)

Movie
as Voice Student

High Powered (1945)

Drama
Movie
as Worker at Dance

Sensation Hunters (1945)

Drama
Movie
as Agent

Leave It to the Irish (1944)

Mystery Comedy Drama
Movie
as Barney Baker
3.5 1 votes

Kid Dynamite (1943)

Comedy
Movie
as Klinkhammer
4.7 3 votes

Captive Wild Woman (1943)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Curly, a rube
4.8 2 votes

Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher (1943)

Crime Drama Mystery Romance
Movie
as Henchman 'Gimp'
4 1 votes

Petticoat Larceny (1943)

Comedy
Movie
as Stogie
6 1 votes

Danger! Women at Work (1943)

Comedy
Movie
as Benny

Tornado (1943)

Movie
as Alvin
4.0 1 votes

Stardust on the Sage (1942)

Western
Movie
as Haskins
6.0 1 votes

Girls' Town (1942)

Drama
Movie
as Dimitri

Klondike Fury (1942)

Drama
Movie
as Alaska

Foreign Agent (1942)

Drama Action Thriller
Movie
as Silly Drunk at Bar

Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Comedy Crime Horror Action
Movie
as Charley
5.5 2 votes

Queen of Broadway (1942)

Drama
Movie
as Schultz

X Marks the Spot (1942)

Mystery
Movie
as Waiter at Diner
3.8 2 votes

Paper Bullets (1941)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Scribbler, a Petty Forger
5.0 1 votes

Blonde Comet (1941)

Movie
as Curly

Jungle Man (1941)

Adventure Action
Movie
as Buckthorn 'Buck' the Guide
2.0 1 votes

Boys of the City (1940)

Comedy Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Simp
5.5 2 votes

East Side Kids (1940)

Comedy Drama Thriller
Movie
as Whisper
7 1 votes

Seven Sinners (1940)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Bartender
6.6 4 votes

Water Rustlers (1939)

Movie
as Mike - the cook

Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)

Music Western
Movie
as Dan Haggerty

Exile Express (1939)

Drama
Movie
as Deputy Constable

Overland Mail (1939)

Movie
as Porchy

The Singing Cowgirl (1938)

Movie
as Kewpie

Sunset Murder Case (1938)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Barney

Bank Alarm (1937)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Clarence "Bulb" Callahan
2 1 votes

The Woman I Love (1937)

Drama
Movie
as Mathieu

Boots of Destiny (1937)

Mystery Romance Western
Movie
as Acey Ducey- Sidekick

Dancing Feet (1936)

Music Comedy
Movie
as Willoughby

The Brain Busters (1936)

Movie
as Vince

I Cover Chinatown (1936)

Crime Drama Music Mystery Romance
Movie
as Puss McGaffey, the Bus Driver

Down to the Sea (1936)

Drama
Movie
as Hector
4 1 votes

We're in the Legion Now (1936)

Comedy
Movie
as Spike Conover

Captain Calamity (1936)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Burp

Yellow Cargo (1936)

Drama Action Crime
Movie
as Speedy 'Bulbs' Callahan
4 1 votes

Princess O'Hara (1935)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Fingers

Don't Bet On Blondes (1935)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Chuck aka 'Brains'
6 1 votes

Black Fury (1935)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Kubanda
7 1 votes

Streamline Express (1935)

Mystery Comedy Drama
Movie
as Mr. Jones

I Live My Life (1935)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Clerk
0 2 votes

Just Another Murder (1935)

Movie
as Vincent Smart

Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Count Nicholeus
5.5 4 votes

Take the Stand (1934)

Mystery
Movie
as Tony

Now I'll Tell (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Peppo
0 1 votes

Madame Spy (1934)

Romance Adventure Drama
Movie
as Peter

The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Comedy Drama History
Movie
as Ascanio

The Ninth Guest (1934)

Horror Mystery
Movie
as William Jones
5.9 4 votes

Registered Nurse (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Jerry

No Ransom (1934)

Crime Comedy
Movie
as Bullet

The Secret Bride (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Drunk in Diner
7 1 votes

She Loves Me Not (1934)

Movie
as Baldy Schultz

Crimson Romance (1934)

War Action Drama
Movie
as The Courier

Kansas City Princess (1934)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Quincy - Dynamite's Henchman
3.3 2 votes

Super Stupid (1934)

Movie

Young and Beautiful (1934)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Sammy

Fast Workers (1933)

Drama
Movie
as Spike

Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)

Music Romance
Movie
as Undetermined Secondary Role
2.5 2 votes

The Girl in 419 (1933)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Otto Hoffer

The Big Cage (1933)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Soupmeat

Sunset Pass (1933)

Adventure Western Romance Action
Movie
as Windy

Air Maniacs (1933)

Movie
as Comic Photographer

The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Romance Crime
Movie
as Bugsie
2.5 2 votes

Horse Feathers (1932)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
6.6 36 votes

Scarface (1932)

Action Adventure Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Angelo
7.4 71 votes

Tiger Shark (1932)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Fishbone, a Crewman
6.8 2 votes

Heritage of the Desert (1932)

Western
Movie
as Windy

The Death Kiss (1932)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Officer Gulliver
2.9 6 votes

Flesh (1932)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Karl - a Waiter
5 1 votes

Scandal Sheet (1931)

Drama
Movie
as Barrett, Convict Reporter

Side Show (1931)

Comedy
Movie
as The Great Santini

Wide Open (1930)

Comedy
Movie
as Dvorak