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Also Known As: Died: November 24, 1981
Born: June 16, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Malden, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, vaudevillian

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An incredibly prolific, talented and frequently underappreciated actor, Jack Albertson was one of the most accomplished performers of his generation. Emerging from the vaudeville circuit and bawdy burlesque shows of New York in the 1930s, Albertson soon graduated to such Broadway stage productions as the 1947 revival of "The Cradle Will Rock." Throughout the 1950s and '60s, the actor worked non-stop, jumping from television to film and back to theater in such vehicles as the crime-comedy series "The Thin Man" (NBC, 1957-59), the cautionary drama "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962) and the Broadway play "The Subject was Roses" in 1965. As busy as he had been for more than 20 years, it was in the 1970s that Albertson gained lasting notoriety amongst a generation of fans for a trio of roles as good-natured, but cantankerous old men. In theaters, he endeared himself to fans young and old with his characters in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971) and "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). But it was as the crotchety father figure to Freddie Prinze on the hit sitcom "Chico and the Man" (NBC, 1974-78) that Albertson would perhaps be most fondly remembered. A testament to his talent and lasting...

An incredibly prolific, talented and frequently underappreciated actor, Jack Albertson was one of the most accomplished performers of his generation. Emerging from the vaudeville circuit and bawdy burlesque shows of New York in the 1930s, Albertson soon graduated to such Broadway stage productions as the 1947 revival of "The Cradle Will Rock." Throughout the 1950s and '60s, the actor worked non-stop, jumping from television to film and back to theater in such vehicles as the crime-comedy series "The Thin Man" (NBC, 1957-59), the cautionary drama "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962) and the Broadway play "The Subject was Roses" in 1965. As busy as he had been for more than 20 years, it was in the 1970s that Albertson gained lasting notoriety amongst a generation of fans for a trio of roles as good-natured, but cantankerous old men. In theaters, he endeared himself to fans young and old with his characters in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971) and "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). But it was as the crotchety father figure to Freddie Prinze on the hit sitcom "Chico and the Man" (NBC, 1974-78) that Albertson would perhaps be most fondly remembered. A testament to his talent and lasting contributions could, in part, be measured by the fact that Albertson remained one of the select few to ever earn Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards over the course of his impressive career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Terror at Alcatraz (1982) George "Deacon" Wheeler
2.
 My Body, My Child (1982) Poppa Macmahon
3.
 Fox and the Hound, The (1981) Voice Of Amos Slade
4.
 Charlie and the Great Balloon Race (1981) Charlie Bartlett
5.
 Dead and Buried (1981) G William Dobbs
6.
 Marriage Is Alive and Well (1980) Manny Wax
7.
 Valentine (1979) Pete Ferguson
8.
 Comedy Company, The (1978) Barney Bailey
9.
 Pickup on 101 (1972) Jedediah Bradley
10.
 The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Manny Rosen
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Performed for years in vaudeville and burlesque
1949:
Was a regular on the short-lived ABC variety series, "Jack Carter and Company"
1954:
Made feature film debut in "Top Banana"
1957:
Played Lt. Harry Evans on the NBC mystery series, "The Thin Man"
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Played various roles on the TV sitcom, "Dobie Gillis" in the early 1960s
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Played recurring role of Paul Fenton on the CBS sitcom, "Mr. Ed" in the early 1960s
1962:
Played neighbor Walter Fenton on the ABC sitcom, "Room for One More"
:
Played Lt. Commander Virgil Stoner on the NBC sitcom, "Ensign O'Toole"
:
Played recurring role of the hero's Uncle Dwight on the NBC sitcom, "Hey, Landlord"
1969:
TV-movie debut, the detective story, "The Monk"
1971:
Played Dr. Andrew Sellers on the syndicated drama series, "Doctor Simon Locke"
1972:
Last feature film appearances, "The Poseidon Adventure" and "Pickup on 101"
1973:
Returned to Broadway to star in the popular Neil Simon comedy, "The Sunshine Boys"
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Played Ed Brown, "the Man", on the popular NBC sitcom, "Chico and the Man"
:
Played Senator Joe Kelley on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Grandpa Goes to Washington"
1981:
Last feature film work, supplying the voice of Amos Slade for the animated feature, "The Fox and the Hound"
1982:
Last TV acting assignment, the TV-movie, "My Body, My Child", aired after his death
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sister:
Mabel Albertson. Actor. Born July 27, 1901 in Haver Hill MA; died September 28, 1982 in Santa Monica CA; prolific TV character player perhaps best remembered for her recurring role as Darrin's mother on the long-running sitcom, "Bewitched" (1964-72).
daughter:
Maura Dhu. Singer.

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