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Jack Warden

Jack Warden was an American television and film character actor, born John Warden Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also received a BAFTA nomination for the former movie and won an Emmy for his performance in Brian's Song (1971).   Expelled from high school for fighting, Warden eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello winning 13 welterweight bouts to little financial success.   Warden worked a number of odd jobs before joining the United States military in 1938, rotating through numerous branches of the US armed forces, finishing his career as a Master Sergeant with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.   Following his military service, Warden studied theatre, performing on stage for five years, before making his television debut in 1948 on The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One.  He earned his first credited film role with The Man with My Face in 1952, just prior to his breakout performance as Juror No. 7 in 12 Angry Men. Warden continued to appear in many television series and films over the years. He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in the television movie Brian's Song, and was twice nominated for his starring role in the 1980s comedy/drama series, Crazy Like a Fox. Appearing in more than one hundred movies, Wardon typically played gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends or similar roles over his six decade career.  His final film was The Replacements in 2000, after which he suffered from declining health and retired from acting before passing of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital at the age of 85.  

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Sep 18, 1920 In Newark, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Equipo a la fuerza 2000-08-07
Known For
Poster of Still Crazy Like A Fox
Poster of Jigsaw John
Poster of They Only Come Out at Night
Poster of Center Stage
Movie Equipo a la fuerza Edward O'Neil 2000-08-07
Movie A Dog Of Flanders Jehan 1999-08-27
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Movie Trabajo sucio 'Pops' McKenna 1998-06-12
Movie Bulworth Eddie Davers 1998-05-15
Movie Chairman of the Board Armand McMillan 1998-03-13
Movie La isla de Bird Street Boruch 1997-10-23
Series Ink Unknown 1996-10-21
Movie Ed Chubb 1996-03-15
Movie Cosas que hacer en Denver cuando estás muerto Joe Heff 1995-12-01
Movie Poderosa Afrodita Tiresias 1995-09-13
Movie Este chico es un demonio 3 Big Ben 1995-05-13
Movie Mientras dormías Saul 1995-04-21
Movie Balas sobre Broadway Julian Marx 1994-10-14
Movie El abogado del diablo Moe 1993-06-04
Movie La noche y la ciudad Al Grossman 1992-10-11
Movie Hasta que tu muerte nos una Jack Scanlan 1992-04-24
Movie Toys: fabricando ilusiones Old General Zevo 1992-12-18
Movie Este chico es un demonio 2 'Big' Ben Healy 1991-07-03
Movie Judgment Claude Fortier 1990-10-13
Movie Este chico es un demonio Big Ben 1990-07-27
Movie Todo el mundo gana Judge Harry Murdoch 1990-01-19
Series Knight & Daye Hank Knight 1989-07-08
Movie Dead Solid Perfect Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly 1988-12-18
Movie Más fuerte que el odio Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure 1988-06-10
Movie Still Crazy Like A Fox Harry Fox 1987-04-05
Movie Septiembre Lloyd 1987-01-01
Movie The Cosmic Eye Rocko (voice) 1986-06-06
Movie El aviador Moravia 1985-03-01
Series Robert Kennedy & His Times Joseph Kennedy Sr. 1985-01-27
Series Anno Domini Nerva 1985-03-31
Series Alice in Wonderland 1985-12-09
Movie Alicia en el país de las maravillas Owl 1985-12-09
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Movie Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Mark Twain 1984-04-23
Movie Crackers Garvey 1984-02-17
Movie Veredicto final Mickey Morrissey 1982-12-08
Movie So Fine Jack 1981-09-25
Movie Chu Chu and the Philly Flash The Commander 1981-08-28
Movie Llámame Mr. Charly Nelson Longhurst 1981-08-06
Movie El gran golpe de los Teleñecos Mike Tarkenian 1981-06-26
Movie Frenos rotos, coches locos Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs 1980-07-11
Movie Más allá del Poseidón Harold Meredith 1979-05-18
Series The Bad News Bears Morris Buttermaker 1979-03-24
Movie Dreamer Harry 1979-04-27
Movie Campeón Jackie 1979-07-10
Movie Justicia para todos Judge Francis Rayford 1979-10-19
Movie Topper Cosmo Topper 1979-11-09
Movie Bienvenido Mr. Chance President 'Bobby' 1979-12-19
Movie Muerte en el Nilo Dr. Ludwig Bessner 1978-10-06
Movie El cielo puede esperar Max Corkle 1978-06-28
Movie Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette Dr. Ludwig Bessner 1978-01-01
Movie El desafío del búfalo blanco Charlie Zane 1977-05-01
Movie Brigada antisecuestro Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur 1976-01-01
Series Jigsaw John John St. John 1976-02-02
Movie Todos los hombres del presidente Harry M. Rosenfeld 1976-04-04
Movie They Only Come Out at Night John "Jigsaw" St. John 1975-04-29
Movie Shampoo Lester 1975-03-13
Movie The Godchild Sgt. Dobbs 1974-11-27
Movie El aprendizaje de Duddy Kravitz Max 1974-04-11
Movie Billy Dos Sombreros Sheriff Henry Gifford 1974-03-07
Movie The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Dawes 1973-06-28
Movie Lieutenant Schuster's Wife Capt. Patrick Lonergan 1972-10-12
Movie The Sporting Club Earl Olive 1971-02-28
Movie Summertree Herb 1971-06-06
Movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Dr. Solomon F. Moses 1971-06-15
Movie The Face of Fear Lieutenant George Coy 1971-10-08
Movie Brian's Song Coach George Halas 1971-11-30
Movie What's a Nice Girl Like You...? Lieutenant Joe Burton 1971-12-18
Movie Bye Bye Braverman Barnet Weinstein 1968-02-21
Series N.Y.P.D. 1967-09-05
Movie Misión secreta General George Pratt 1965-12-22
Series The Wackiest Ship in the Army Major Simon Butcher 1965-09-19
Series Slattery's People Unknown 1964-09-21
Movie El ataque duro siete dias First Sgt. Welsh 1964-05-02
Series Embrujada Unknown 1964-09-17
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series El fugitivo Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Breaking Point Unknown 1963-09-16
Movie La taberna del irlandés Dr. William Dedham 1963-06-12
Movie Fuga de Zahrain Huston 1962-05-23
Movie Flashing Spikes Comissioner 1962-10-04
Series El virginiano Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series Alcoa Premiere Unknown 1961-10-10
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie The Lawbreakers Matthew Gower 1961-08-15
Series The Asphalt Jungle 1961-04-02
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Stagecoach West Unknown 1960-10-04
Series Outlaws Unknown 1960-09-26
Series Checkmate Unknown 1960-09-17
Movie Wake Me When It's Over Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington 1960-06-10
Movie El ruido y la furia Ben Compson 1959-03-27
Series La dimensión desconocida James A. Corry 1959-10-02
Movie That Kind of Woman George Kelly 1959-09-11
Series Five Fingers Unknown 1959-10-04
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Torpedo Yeoman 1st Class Mueller 1958-03-27
Movie Los jóvenes invasores MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator 1958-02-12
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Movie Donde la ciudad termina Charles Malik 1957-08-02
Movie La noche de los maridos Eddie Watkins 1957-04-09
Movie 12 hombres sin piedad Juror 7 1957-03-25
Series The Kaiser Aluminum Hour Unknown 1956-07-03
Series The Alcoa Hour Unknown 1955-10-16
Series Norby Bobo 1955-01-05
Series Inner Sanctum Unknown 1954-01-09
Series Justice Unknown 1954-04-08
Series Center Stage Unknown 1954-06-01
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series Producers' Showcase Unknown 1954-10-18
Series The United States Steel Hour Unknown 1953-10-27
Series The Man Behind the Badge Unknown 1953-10-11
Movie De aquí a la eternidad Cpl. Buckley 1953-08-28
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series The Campbell Playhouse Unknown 1952-06-06
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Movie The Man with My Face Walt Davis 1951-06-14
Movie Esto es la Marina Tommy Morse 1951-02-23
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Danger Unknown 1950-09-26
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20