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Jim Jordan

Show Count: 604
Series Count: 3
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: November 16, USA
Died: April 1, 1988 , Beverly Hills, California, USA

James Edward "Jim" Jordan (November 16, 1896 – April 1, 1988) was the actor who played Fibber McGee in Fibber McGee and Molly and the albatross Orville in Disney's The Rescuers (1977).

Biography

Jordan was born in 1896 on a farm near Peoria, Illinois. He attended St. John's Church in Peoria, and his family eventually sold the farm and moved into Peoria. It was at church choir practice that he met Marian Driscoll, whom he married on August 31, 1918.

With Marian

Jim Jordan went on the vaudeville circuit, both as a solo act, and with his wife, at various times until 1924. They went entirely broke in 1923, having to be wired money by their parents to get back to Peoria from Lincoln, Illinois.

Jim and Marian Jordan got their major break in radio while performing in Chicago in 1924; Jim said he could give a better performance than the singers they were listening to on the radio, and his brother Byron bet $10 that Jim couldn't do it. By the end of the evening, Jim and Marian had their first radio contract, at $10 per show for 26 weeks as The O'Henry Twins, sponsored by Oh Henry!candy.

After Marian

Marian Jordan died in April 1961. Jim Jordan married Gretchen Stewart in 1962; they remained married for the rest of his life,and he remained in semi-retirement.

In 1988, he died at the age of 91 at the Beverly Hills Medical Center from a blood clot in his brain, caused by a fall at his home. He is buried next to Marian Jordan in the Saint Ann section of Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, and is next to the plot of Sharon Tate.

Source: Wikipedia

CBS Radio Mystery TheaterCBS Radio Mystery Theater
Show Count: 1461
Broadcast History: 6 January 1974 to 31 December 1982
Cast: Leon Janney, Evie Juster, Ralph Bell, Jackson Beck, Teri Keane, Mason Adams, Roger DeKoven, Robert Dryden, Bryna Raeburn, Joseph Julian, Ian Martin, Mary Jane Higby, William Redfield, Mandel Kramer, Paul McGrath, Amzie Strickland, Joan Lorring, Joan Banks, Elspeth Eric, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Grace Matthews, Bret Morrison, Berry Kroeger, Jim Jordan, Les Tremayne
Director: Himan Brown
Producer: Himan Brown
Host: E G Marshall, Tammy Grimes
CBS Radio Mystery Theater wasn't initiated until the 1970's – long after so many radio broadcasts had failed in the intense competition with television.
Fibber McGee & MollyFibber McGee & Molly
Show Count: 713
Broadcast History: 16 April 1935 to 2 June 1935, 8 July 1935 to 7 March 1938, 15 March 1938 to 30 June 1953, 5 October 1953 to 23 March 1956, and 1 June 1957 to 6 September 1959
Sponsor: Johnson's Wax, Pet Milk, Reynolds Aluminum
Cast: Gale Gordon, Harold Peary, Marian Jordan, Jim Jordan, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Hugh Studebaker, Bill Thompson, Marlin Hurt, Isabel Randolph, Ransom Sherman, Gene Carrol
Director: Frank Pittman, Cecil Underwood, Max Hutto
Producer: Frank Pittman, Cecil Underwood, Max Hutto
Broadcast: 22nd February 1951
Added: Sep 29 2008
Broadcast: 1937
Starring: Jim Jordan
Added: May 18 2010
Broadcast: 4th February 1947
Added: Sep 30 2008
Broadcast: April 8, 1940
Added: Jan 21 2017