Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins - biography

Actor from United States of America

Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins (August 29, 1937 – August 14, 2001) was an American child actor, who had a brief film career during the 1940s. Born Jack Dudley Jenkins in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Doris Dudley, Jenkins made his film debut at the age of six in The Human Comedy (1943) as Jack Jenkins after an MGM talent scout saw him playing on a Santa Monica beach and admired his high spirits. His performance as Mickey Rooney's younger brother (The Human Comedy) was well received and Jenkins was cast in a succession of films. He was given star billing for the 1946 film, Boy's Ranch. Inspired by the real-life ranch in Texas, which provided a home and education to underprivileged boys, MGM promoted the film as a successor to Boy's Town (1936). It co-starred James Craig who also appeared in Jenkins' next film Little Mr. Jim. Jenkins' other films included National Velvet (1944), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), The Bride Goes Wild (1948) and his final film Big City (1948). Jenkins was one of several popular child actors at MGM during the early 1940s, and was educated at the studio's school along with other youngsters under contract to the studio such as Elizabeth Taylor,  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Butch Jenkins,Jack Dudley Jenkins,Jack Jenkins,Jackie Jenkins
Date of birth
Place of birth
Los Angeles
United States of America
Doris Dudley


Year Performance Character
1948 Big City Louis Keller
1948 The Bride Goes Wild Danny
1947 Little Mister Jim Capt. Jim Tukker
1947 My Brother Talks to Horses Lewie Penrose
1946 Boys' Ranch Butch
1945 National Velvet Donald Brown


Date of death
Place of death

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