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Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins

Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins

Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins was an American child actor who had a brief film career during the 1940s.\nBorn Jack Dudley Jenkins in Los Angeles, the son of actress Doris Dudley, Jenkins made his film debut at the age of six in The Human Comedy 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 was well received and Jenkins was cast in a succession of films.\nHe was given star billing for the 1946 film Boys' 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 Boys Town. It co-starred James Craig who also appeared in Jenkins' first film, The Human Comedy, as well as his next film Little Mr. Jim. Jenkins' other films included National Velvet, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, My Brother Talks to Horses, The Bride Goes Wild Summer Holiday and his final film Big City.

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