Jay C. Flippen was an American singer, stage, film and television actor known for his many roles as a police officer in many films and TV shows that was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 6, 1899. He died in 1971, at the age of 72, in Los Angeles, California. He first established himself as a Vaudeville entertainer before starting in film. His first film was a short film by Warner Brothers in 1928, The Ham What Am. Flippen was once a radio announcer for the New York Yankees, a game show host, and recorded over a dozen songs for Columbia, Perfect and Brunswick. He appeared on several television shows, including Ensign O'Toole, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke and Bonanza in the 1960s. Flippen appeared in a few films after losing a leg to diabetes in the late 1960s. His last films prior to his death in 1971 were Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster? and The Seven Minutes. He was married for 25 years to screenwriter and television writer Ruth Brooks Flippen until his death.