|(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)
Real name: Jacob Kenovitz/Kenovitch
Above are 1956 and 1960 casting directory blurbs on another Jack Kenney, who appears to like cigars ... and because of his name, he gets confused with our "bearded guy" Jack Kenney/Kenny. The end result of this confusion is the Internet Movie Database listings for our two Jack Kenneys are askew, out of whack, fouled up.
I spotted him recently in a serial and some westerns:
Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on this Jack Kenney: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0448585
- he's the tractor salesman chatting with Smiley Burnette in Gene Autry's THE OLD BARN DANCE (Republic, 1938).
- he's one of the employees at June Storey's guest ranch in Autry's BLUE MONTANA SKIES (Republic, 1939).
- he was Army Sergeant puffing on a cigar in Autry's IN OLD MONTEREY (Republic, 1939).
- he was a uniformed Police Lieutenant in Chapter 2 of DICK TRACY VS. CRIME INC. (Republic, 1941).
- he was a sheriff/deputy in OKLAHOMA TERRITORY (United Artists, 1960) which starred Bill Williams.
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), ProQuest obituaries and the death certificate provide more on Jacob/Jack Kenovitz/Kenovitch, AKA Jack Kenney:
- 1920 census - living in Arlington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts are 38 year old Julius Kenovitch (born Russia), his 39 year old wife Celia (born Russia), 17 year old son Jacob (born Russia) and two other sons and one daughter: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXBJ-SX4
- 1930 census - living in Arlington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts are 50 year old Julius Kenovitch (born Russia), his 51 year old wife Celia (born Russia), 26 year old son Jack (born Russia) and two other sons and one daughter: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQGL-532
- U.S. Naturalization Record, Petition 51337 (and a name change to Jack Kenney): 33 year old Jacob Kenovitz; lives at 6655 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood California; born Vladimritz, Russia, December 5, 1902; occupation is actor. Ancestry had several records, including the (longish) petition. Family Search has two records relating to the name change from Jacob Kenovitz to Jack Kenney:
June 12, 1936 petition: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14826-29033-13?cc=1849628
November 13, 1936 approval: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14860-61962-33?cc=1849628&wc=M99X-S7W:1790091412
- California Voter Registrations are available on ancestry for Jack A. Kenney (occupation actor) and he's listed alone (single):
1940 - his address is 1970 N. Beachwood Drive in Los Angeles.
1942 and 1946 - his address is 6814 Iris Circle in Los Angeles.
Using other names on that 1940 voter list, I located 1940 census details for the 1900 block of N. Beachwood Drive in Los Angeles. That 1970 N. Beachwood Drive address was owned by Odette Durand, 53 year old female who resides there with her 19 year old son David. Alas - our Jack A. Kenney is not present in that census record.
- Death certificate: Jack Kenney, was born in Russia on an unknown date and is about 58 years old. He died on January 27, 1961 at his home at 1930 N. Whitley, Los Angeles; cause of death was coronary arteriosclerosis and there was an investigation by the coroner. He was never married and his last occupation was "Song Writer-Motion Pictures". Parents were Julius Kenovitch (born Russia) and Celia Glassman (born Russia). Death certificate informant was Schlossberg Mortuary, Boston, Massachusetts and burial at Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts.
- California Death Index mirrors the death certificate - Jack Kenney, born in the USSR, mother's maiden name of Glassman, and he passed away on January 27, 1961 in the Los Angeles area.
- There was a death notice in a Saturday, January 28, 1961 California newspaper (and no mention of next of kin). Extract: "Hollywood - Veteran vaudeville actor John Albert Kenney, 59, died Friday night at his home ...".
- There was a (brief) funeral notice in a January 29, 1961 Los Angeles Times newspaper. Extract:"KENNEY, Jack - Services and interment Boston, Mass ... "
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website confirms that Jack Kenney is interred at Tifereth Israel of Everett Memorial Park, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=155541545