John Joseph "Jack" Haley Jr. (August 10, 1897 – June 6, 1979) was an American vaudevillian, stage, radio, and film actor, light comedian, singer and dancer best known for his portrayal of the Tin Man in the classic 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz.
1 Early life 2 Career
2.1 "The Tin Man" in The Wizard of Oz
3 Personal life
4 Film 5 Short films 6 Broadway 7 References 8 External links
Haley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Canadian-born parents John
Joseph Haley Sr. and Ellen Curley Haley. His father was a sailor by
trade and died in a ship wreck off the coast of
Haley (far left) in a trailer for Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Haley headlined in vaudeville as a song-and-dance comedian. One of his
closest friends was Fred Allen, who would frequently mention "Mr.
Jacob Haley of Newton Highlands, Massachusetts" on the air. In the
early 1930s, Haley starred in comedy shorts for
Haley (second from left) on May 30, 1979, one week before his death
Haley was raised Roman Catholic. He was a member of the Good
Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly
Hills, California. He married Florence McFadden (1902–1996), a
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Jack and Florence Haley's grave at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California. Their son, Jack Haley, Jr., is buried next to them.
Haley's last film appearance was in 1977's New York, New York—in the
lavish "Happy Endings" musical number, he played a host who introduces
a top Broadway star at an award ceremony, played by his
then-daughter-in-law, Liza Minnelli. Two years later, Haley died of a
heart attack on June 6, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. Two
months prior, on April 9, 1979, he appeared at the 51st Academy Awards
ceremony with his Oz co-star
Year Title Role Director/Studio Notes
1930 Follow Thru Jack Martin Lloyd Corrigan and Laurence Schwab Paramount Performer: Button Up Your Overcoat
1933 Mr. Broadway Jack Haley Johnnie Walker and Edgar G. Ulmer Broadway-Hollywood Productions
Sitting Pretty Pete Pendleton Harry Joe Brown Paramount Performer: You’re Such a Comfort to Me; I Wanna Meander with Miranda and Good Morning Glory
1934 Here Comes the Groom Mike Scanlon Edward Sedgwick Paramount
Redheads on Parade
Norman Z. McLeod
The Girl Friend Henry H. Henry Edward Buzzell Columbia Pictures Performer: What is This Power and Two Together
Coronado Chuck Hornbostel Norman Z. McLeod Paramount Performer: All's Well in Coronado by the Sea and Keep Your Fingers Crossed
1936 F-Man Johnny Dime Edward F. Cline Paramount
Poor Little Rich Girl Jimmy Dolan Irving Cummings 20th Century Fox Performer: You've got to Eat your Spinach Baby and Military Man
Mr. Cinderella Joe Jenkins/ Aloysius P. Merriweather Edward Sedgwick MGM
Pigskin Parade Winston ‘Slug’ Winters David Butler 20th Century Fox Performer: You Do the Darndest Things Baby and The Balboa
1937 Pick a Star Joe Jenkins Edward Sedgwick MGM Performer: Pick A Star and I've Got It Bad
She Had to Eat Danny Decker Malcolm St. Clair 20th Century Fox
Wake Up and Live Eddie Kane Sidney Lanfield 20th Century Fox
Danger – Love at Work Henry MacMorrow Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox Performer: Danger Love at Work Uncredited
Ali Baba Goes to Town Himself - Cameo David Butler 20th Century Fox Uncredited
1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Orville Smithers Allan Dwan 20th Century Fox Performer: Alone With You
Alexander’s Ragtime Band Davey Lane Henry King 20th Century Fox Performer: Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning; That International Rag and In My Harem (DVD extra only)
Hold That Co-ed Wilber Peters George Marshall 20th Century Fox
Thanks for Everything Henry Smith William A. Seiter 20th Century Fox
1939 The Wizard of Oz The Tin Man / Hickory Victor Fleming MGM (writer, uncredited) Performer: If I Only Had a Heart and The Merry Old Land of Oz
1941 Moon Over Miami Jack O’Hara Walter Lang 20th Century Fox Performer: Is That Good?
Navy Blues ‘Powerhouse’ Bolton Lloyd Bacon Warner Bros. Performer: When are we Going to Land Abroad
1942 Beyond the Blue Horizon Squidge Sullivan Alfred Santell Paramount
1944 Higher and Higher Mike O’Brien Tim Whelan RKO Pictures Performer: Today I'm a Debutante and The Music Stopped
Take It Big Jack North Frank McDonald Paramount Performer: Take It Big
One Body Too Many Albert Tuttle Frank McDonald Paramount
1945 Scared Stiff Larry Elliot Frank McDonald Paramount
George White's Scandals Jack Evans Felix E. Feist RKO Pictures
Sing Your Way Home Steve Kimball Anthony Mann RKO Pictures
1946 People Are Funny Pinky Wilson Sam White Paramount Performer: Hey Jose
Vacation in Reno Jack Caroll Leslie Goodwins RKO Pictures Last major film before retirement from motion pictures
Jack Haley, Jr.
Directed by his son producer/director
1977 New York, New York Master of Ceremonies Martin Scorsese United Artists This film marked Jack Haley’s final screen appearance. Uncredited, (final film role)
Year Movie title Role Notes
Also stars his wife Flo McFadden;
1930 The 20th Amendment Wallace Moore
Performer: "Just a Gigolo";
1932 The Imperfect Lover
Absent Minded Abner
Then Came the Yawn
1933 The Build Up
Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 Himself
An Idle Roomer
Nothing but the Tooth
Salt Water Daffy Elmer Wagonbottom
1939 Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 9 Himself Documentary/News Reel
1946 Screen Snapshots: The Skolsky Party Himself Documentary/News Reel
Screen Snapshots: Famous Fathers and Sons Himself Documentary/News Reel
Title Role Run Theater Notes
Round the Town Jack Haley May 21, 1924 - May 31, 1924 Century Promenade Theatre 15 performances
Gay Paree Jack Haley August 18, 1925 - January 30, 1926 Shubert Theatre 181 performances
Gay Paree Jack Haley November 9, 1926 - April 9, 1927 Winter Garden Theatre 192 performances
Follow Thru Jack Martin January 9, 1929 - December 21, 1929 Chanin’s 46th Theatre 401 performances Sang: Button Up Your Overcoat with Zelma O’Neal In 1930, he starred in Technicolor’s film version
Free For All Steve Potter Jr. September 8, 1931 - September 19, 1931 Manhattan Theatre 15 performances
Take a Chance Duke Stanley November 26, 1932 - July 1, 1933 Apollo Theatre 243 performances
Higher and Higher Zachary Ash April 4, 1940 - June 15, 1940 Shubert Theatre 84 performances
Higher and Higher
August 5, 1940 - August 24, 1940
In 1943, he starred with
Show Time Jack Haley September 16, 1942 - April 3, 1943 Broadhurst Theatre 342 performances
Inside U.S.A. Jack Haley April 30, 1948 - February 19, 1949 New Century Theatre and Majestic Theatre 399 performances
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