Jay C. Flippen Character Actor
Broadway—Jack O'Brian Flippen Does Flipflop NEW YORK — I've known J: C.. Flippen, for at least^a half dozen years and I've always called him that I learned that he doesn't even own a first day. His parents in Little Bock, Ark., tried in vajn to choose a tag to their liking and finally gave- up, and just called him "J. C.," and to everyone since he has been either,"Flip" or. "Jay." Jay-seems to. have abandoned Broadway-for; good, or at least for •..a good long time;' h£ has. shifted his activities to Hollywood, where 'he now has a new audi- ,ence'- participation show called "That's Life," a hopeful -switch on the old quiz show idea. Jay first as a performer' and later as a friend,- I had come to find him one of the, really wonderful guys around Broadway: I don't know a person' who- doesn't speak well of' a fortunate freak of circumstance,, he came' a baseball and general" sports broadcaster, with his natural ad lib talents and his equal-, ly natural leaning toward sports,, mainly baseball, making him one of the best sports spielers iri the; business. He even announced a. couple of World Series, a stint for which, he was, and is, highly suitable both by his natural- touch for drama, and an almost small-,, boy enthusiasm for the game itself. ' " This seemingly ever-happy, guy cut loose from Broadway '• six months ago. He semed. to like'it. l lere — he'd been around Times-; Square 25 years— and it was a, great -surprise to all of us- when he bounced off to Hollywood' and stayed. Flip came here first as art ambitious youngster who. went without a meal for days' as .he wandered around Broadway ing an old friend, who had - Astor suite Square, he told me the '• Jamba's"'gone blithely through a' story. ^ ^ ^ good many facets of 'the entertain- . ^ ^'^rbarfanfrestaS and swo'f mat SY ever*made gabbing about vaudeville good, I'd -live m one of, those -> oidtLe .stars, the con- cor^r suites fo-- rest ..my fe ._ . g trend which - he know s ^ S g nd . these 'coraelatlies. baclc to the small-time .^cfi.-cuits as soon ' as the 'tilted times' resolve, into nbrma lcy. '• ' ' Jay has weathered, every sort of new turn in entertainment pref- - erence s He was one of the best blackface comics when Ziegfield and I though Flip was most permanent; resident I talked to , hlm m , the other , night .. while he seeme dt <> and his favorite street, Broaowaj, he didn t say when n cwas = °™ ing back. Come to think of I he didn't. even say. f. , . f . • - ; that: ' > 1 -. 1 j' broth"'