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Cause of death  heart failure
Role  actor
Name  James Parrott

Years active  1913-1939
Occupation  film director, actor
Siblings  Charley Chase
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Born  August 2, 1897 (1897-08-02) Baltimore, Maryland
Died  May 10, 1939, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Ruby Ellen McCoy (m. 1937)
Parents  Blanche Thompson Parrott, Charles Parrott
Movies  The Music Box, Pardon Us, Hog Wild, Brats, Below Zero
Similar People  Hal Roach, H M Walker, James W Horne, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

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James Parrott (August 2, 1897 – May 10, 1939) was an American actor and film director; and the younger brother of film comedian Charley Chase.


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James Gibbons Parrott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Charles and Blanche Thompson Parrott. Charley Jr. left home at age 16 to travel the vaudeville circuit as a singer and comedic performer. Later, Charley's connections in the film industry helped get his younger brother established in movies, and he would appear during the 1920s in a series of relatively successful comedies for producer Hal Roach. He was billed first as "Paul Parrott," then "Jimmie Parrott." Approximately 75 comedies were produced from 1921 to 1923, with titles continuing to be released through Pathé until 1926. Frequent co-stars included Marie Mosquini, Jobyna Ralston, Eddie Baker, and Sunshine Sammy.

Parrott is probably best known as a comedy director. As "James Parrott," he specialized in the two-reel misadventures of Laurel and Hardy, including the Oscar-winning classic The Music Box, and Helpmates.

By the mid-1930s his work was spotty: Stan Laurel used him sporadically to contribute gags to the Laurel and Hardy features, and he would direct an Our Gang short in 1934, plus several acceptable entries in Thelma Todd-Patsy Kelly series.

Parrott died at the age of 41. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale).


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