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Leo Gorcey

Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an adult he would be 5' 6". In 1921 his brother David Gorcey was born. In 1935, Leo and David appeared in the stage play "Dead End." In 1937, this was made into a movie, and Leo became one of the busiest actors for the next 20 years -- from 1937-1939 he starred in seven Dead End Kids movies, from 1940-1945 in 21 East Side Kids films, from 1946-1956 in 41 Bowery Boys movies. In 1939, Leo married 17-year-old dancer Kay Marvis, who appeared in four of his movies. They divorced in 1944 after five years of marriage; she went on to marry Groucho Marx. In 1945, Leo married Evalene Bankston; they divorced in 1948. Leo was to have paid her $50,000 in a divorce settlement; however, when two detectives she hired broke into his home, he retaliated by firing his gun at them. They sued, and Leo countersued for illegal entry and won $35,000 back. In 1949, Leo married Amelita Ward, whom he met while filming Smugglers' Cove (1948). Their marriage produced Leo Gorcey Jr. in 1949, and a baby girl they named Jan (after Leo's producer and manager, Jan Grippo) in 1951. They divorced in 1956. That year Leo married his young nanny, Brandy, who was taking care of his two kids. They had a baby girl, Brandy Jo, in 1958. The couple divorced in 1962. Leo went to the altar one last time in February, 1968, marrying Mary Gannon. He stayed married to her until his death from liver failure on June 2, 1969, in Oakland, California.


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Born:
Jun 3, 1917 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
86
First Appeared:
In the movie Dead End 1937-08-27
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983-02-25
Known For

Leo Gorcey Movies Filmography

Movie
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie
The Phynx
Leo Gorcey 1970-03-06
Movie
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
First Cab Driver 1963-11-07
Movie
Crashing Las Vegas
Slip Mahoney 1956-04-27
Movie
Dig That Uranium
Slip Mahoney 1955-12-25
Movie
Jail Busters
Slip Mahoney 1955-09-18
Movie
Spy Chasers
Slip Mahoney 1955-07-31
Movie
High Society
Slip Mahoney 1955-04-17
Movie
Bowery to Bagdad
Slip Mahoney 1955-01-07
Movie
Paris Playboys
Slip Mahoney 1954-03-07
Movie
The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters
Slip Mahoney 1954-06-06
Movie
Jungle Gents
'Slip' Mahoney 1954-09-05
Movie
Private Eyes
Slip Mahoney 1953-12-06
Movie
Clipped Wings
Slip Mahoney 1953-08-14
Movie
Loose in London
Terence Aloysius "Slip" Mahoney 1953-05-24
Movie
Jalopy
Slip Mahoney 1953-02-15
Movie
No Holds Barred
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-11-23
Movie
Feudin' Fools
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-09-21
Movie
Here Come the Marines
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-06-29
Movie
Hold That Line
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1952-03-23
Movie
Bowery Battalion
Slip Mahoney 1951-01-24
Movie
Ghost Chasers
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1951-04-29
Movie
Crazy Over Horses
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1951-09-09
Movie
Blues Busters
Slip Mahoney 1950-10-29
Movie
Triple Trouble
Slip Mahoney 1950-08-13
Movie
Lucky Losers
Slip Mahoney 1950-05-14
Movie
Master Minds
Slip Mahoney 1949-11-27
Movie
Angels in Disguise
Slip Mahoney 1949-09-25
Movie
Hold That Baby!
Slip Mahoney 1949-06-06
Movie
Trouble Makers
Slip Mahoney 1949-01-02
Movie
Angels' Alley
Terence 'Slip' Mahoney 1948-03-07
Movie
So This Is New York
Sid Mercer 1948-06-01
Movie
Jinx Money
Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney 1948-06-27
Movie
Smuggler's Cove
Slip Mahoney 1948-10-10
Movie
Bowery Buckaroos
Slip Mahoney 1947-11-22
Movie
News Hounds
Terence J. Montgomery 'Slip' Mahoney 1947-08-13
Movie
Hard Boiled Mahoney
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1947-05-10
Movie
Mr. Hex
Slip Mahoney 1946-11-09
Movie
Spook Busters
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-08-24
Movie
Bowery Bombshell
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-07-20
Movie
In Fast Company
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-06-22
Movie
Live Wires
Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney 1946-01-12
Movie
Docks of New York
Muggs McGinnis 1945-02-24
Movie
Midnight Manhunt
Clutch Tracy 1945-07-27
Movie
Mr. Muggs Rides Again
Muggs McGinnis 1945-07-15
Movie
Come Out Fighting
Muggs McGinnis 1945-09-29
Movie
Bowery Champs
Muggs McGinnis 1944-11-25
Movie
Block Busters
Muggs McGinnis 1944-07-22
Movie
Follow the Leader
Muggs McGinnis 1944-06-03
Movie
Million Dollar Kid
Muggs McGinnis 1944-02-28
Movie
Kid Dynamite
Muggs McGinnis 1943-02-05
Movie
Clancy Street Boys
Muggs McGinnis 1943-04-23
Movie
Ghosts on the Loose
Muggs McGinnis 1943-07-30
Movie
Destroyer
Sarecky 1943-08-19
Movie
Mr. Muggs Steps Out
Muggs McGinnis 1943-10-29
Movie
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
Muggs McGinnis 1942-11-20
Movie
Smart Alecks
Muggs McGinnis 1942-08-07
Movie
Maisie Gets Her Man
Cecil 1942-06-01
Movie
Let's Get Tough
Muggs McGinnis 1942-05-29
Movie
Sunday Punch
'Biff' 1942-05-08
Movie
Mr. Wise Guy
Muggs McGinnis 1942-02-20
Movie
Born to Sing
'Snap' Collins 1942-02-18
Movie
Flying Wild
Muggs McGinnis 1941-03-10
Movie
Angels with Broken Wings
Punchy Dorsey 1941-05-27
Movie
Out of the Fog
Eddie 1941-06-14
Movie
Bowery Blitzkrieg
Muggs McGinnis 1941-08-01
Movie
Spooks Run Wild
Muggs McGinnis 1941-10-24
Movie
Pride of the Bowery
Muggs Maloney 1940-12-15
Movie
Gallant Sons
Doc Reardon 1940-11-15
Movie
Hullabaloo
Apartment House Bellhop 1940-10-25
Movie
That Gang of Mine
Muggs Maloney 1940-09-23
Movie
Boys of the City
Muggs McGinnis 1940-07-15
Movie
They Made Me a Criminal
Spit 1939-01-21
Movie
Hell's Kitchen
Gyp Haller 1939-07-03
Movie
Angels Wash Their Faces
Leo Finnegan 1939-08-26
Movie
On Dress Parade
Slip Duncan 1939-11-18
Movie
Private Detective
Newsboy 1939-12-09
Movie
Invisible Stripes
Jimmy 1939-12-30
Movie
Swingtime in the Movies
Crime School Kid (uncredited) 1938-12-24
Movie
Angels with Dirty Faces
Bim 1938-11-26
Movie
Crime School
Charles 'Spike' Hawkins 1938-05-10
Movie
The Beloved Brat
Spike Matz 1938-04-30
Movie
Mannequin
Clifford Cassidy 1938-01-21
Movie
Headin' East
Boy Boxer in Gym (uncredited) 1937-12-13
Movie
Portia on Trial
Joe Gannow 1937-11-08
Movie
Dead End
Spit 1937-08-27