Jack Pepper

Singer, Musical Artist

1902 – 1979


Who was Jack Pepper?

Jack Pepper was an American vaudeville dancer, singer, comedian, musician, and later in life a Dallas, Texas nightclub manager.

Pepper began entertaining on Vaudeville in his youth with his sisters Helen and Winnie Mae. Jack Pepper first came to national prominence in the 1920s as part of the duo "Salt and Pepper" with Frank Salt. Pepper sang and played ukulele in a style similar to that of Cliff Edwards in addition to doing comic and dance bits. "Salt and Pepper" appeared prominently in Broadway revues, made radio broadcasts, and recorded a number of sides for Cameo Records in the mid-1920s.

After striking out on his own Pepper teamed up with dancer Ginger Rogers as "Ginger and Pepper". Rogers and Pepper were married from 1929 to 1931. While the marriage was short lasting, they continued to speak respectfully of each other all their lives.

1929 also marked the first of Pepper's sound film appearances.

By his second wife, Dawn, Pepper was the father of actress Cynthia Pepper.

In 1940 he appeared in the films Rhythm on the River and Road to Singapore. Drafted during World War II, he toured with the USO.

Pepper continued to appear in films as a character actor into the 1960s.


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Jun 14, 1902
Also known as
  • Edward Jackson Culpepper
  • Jack Pepper and His Society Pets
  • Edward Jackson "Jack" (Cul) Pepper
  • Jack Culpepper
  • United States of America
Apr 1, 1979
Los Angeles
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

on July 23, 2013