Dean Jagger was on November 7,1903, under the name Ira Dean Jagger, in Lima, Ohio. Jagger was raised on a farm and dropped out of high school twice before attending and completing college at Wabash College. He worked as a teacher before going on to study acting at Chicago's Lyceum Art Conservatory. Before landing his first role in the film industry Jagger worked in radio, vaudeville and stock theater. In 1929 Jagger starred in his first film and only silent film role, in 'The Woman from Hell.' The highlight of Jagger's career was his role in the 1949 movie 'Twelve O'Clock High', for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Jagger spoke with a lisp in normal speech but never during performance. A 1940 a starring role as Brigham Young led Jagger to find his faith, after studying the Mormon faith he was baptized and joined the church in 1972. His acting career spanned from 1929-1987 and played over 130 roles.