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Name: Bobby Jordan  
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Date of Birth: 1st April 1923
Place of Birth: Harrison, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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Bobby Jordan (April 1, 1923 - September 10, 1965) was born in Harrison, New York. He was a talented toddler and by the time he was 6 years old he could sing, tap dance and play the saxophone. At the age of four, he was working in a Christmas Carol film.

His mother took him to talent shows in and around Harrison, New York. He also modelled for newspaper and magazine advertisements, and appeared in short films and radio programs. In the late 1920's Bobby's family moved to the upper west side of Manhattan. In 1929, Bobby was cast as Charles Hildebrand in the 1929 Broadway play, 'Street Scene'.

Though he was the youngest, Jordan was the first of the boys to work in films, with a role 1933 in a Universal short. In 1935 he became one of the original Dead End Kids by winning the role of Angel in Sydney Kingsley's riveting Broadway drama 'Dead End', about life in the slums of lower east side New York City. The play was performed at the Belasco Theatre, and ran for 3 years and over 600 performances. Jordan appeared for the first season and beginning of the second, but left in mid-November, 1936. He returned in time to join the others in 1937 in Hollywood to make the movie version of the play starring big names such as Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrae, Sylvia Sydney and Claire Trevor.

Following the tumultous making of Dead End, Jordan found himself "released" from his contract at Goldwyn, and subsequently appeared at Warner Bros. with Edward G. Robinson in "A Slight Case of Murder" (1938), and "Young Tom Edison" (1940).

After 1943 Jordan entered the military as a foot soldier in the 97th infantry. Also in 1943, he was involved in an elevator accident that forced him to have surgery to remove his right kneecap. When Jordan returned to films, he found that his former gangmates Gorcey and Hall were the breakout stars of the new Bowery Boys film series. Unsatisfied with his background status, he left the series after a few entries, and in subsequent years worked as a bartender, which was not a good idea, since he was an alcoholic.

Jordan worked to support his family as a door-to-door photograph salesman and roughneck for a oil driller. In 1957 he and his wife divorced, and on August 25, 1965 he entered the Veterans Hospital in Sawtelle, California for treatment of cirrhosis of the liver. He died on September 10, 1965, at the age of 42.

Of his former Dead End Kid and East Side Kid, Leo Gorcey once observed: "Bobby Jordan must not have had a guardian angel."

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