Jim Jordan (actor) : biography
James Edward "Jim" Jordan (November 16, 1896 – April 1, 1988) was the actor who played Fibber McGee in Fibber McGee and Molly and the albatross Orville in Disney’s The Rescuers (1977).
Jordan was born in 1896 on a farm near Peoria, Illinois. He attended St. John’s Church in Peoria, and his family eventually sold the farm and moved into Peoria. It was at church choir practice that he met Marian Driscoll, whom he married on August 31, 1918.
Jim Jordan went on the vaudeville circuit, both as a solo act, and with his wife, at various times until 1924. They went entirely broke in 1923, having to be wired money by their parents to get back to Peoria from Lincoln, Illinois.
Jim and Marian Jordan got their major break in radio while performing in Chicago in 1924; Jim said he could give a better performance than the singers they were listening to on the radio, and his brother Byron bet $10 that Jim couldn’t do it. By the end of the evening, Jim and Marian had their first radio contract, at $10 per show for 26 weeks as The O’Henry Twins, sponsored by Oh Henry! candy.
Marian Jordan died in April 1961. Jim Jordan married Gretchen Stewart in 1962; they remained married for the rest of his life, and he remained in semi-retirement.
In 1988, he died at the age of 91 at the Beverly Hills Medical Center from a blood clot in his brain, caused by a fall at his home. He is buried next to Marian Jordan in the Saint Ann section of Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, and is next to the plot of Sharon Tate.