Jack Albertson

Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 - November 25, 1981) was considered a complete entertainer from the old school. He was an American actor, comedian, dancer, singer, and musician.

Jack was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Flora Craft, a Russian immigrant, and Leo Albertson, a Polish immigrant. He had a sister, Mabel, and a brother, Frank, who were also actors.

Jack dropped out of high school and traveled to New York City in an attempt make it big in show business. He was too poor to get a room in a flop house, so in the winter he would sleep on the IRT subway for a nickel and hide out when the transit workers would clear out the train at the end of the line. In the summer he would sleep in Central Park (This was in the age before the muggers took over the park at night). His first real job in show business was with a vaudeville road troupe, the Dancing Verselle Sisters.

Jack soon worked in burlesque as a hoofer (soft shoe dancer) and straight man to Phil Silvers on the Minsky's Burlesque Circuit. Besides vaudeville and burlesque, he appeared on the stage in many Broadway plays including High Button Shoes, Top Banana, The Cradle Will Rock, Make Mine Manhattan, Show Boat, Boy Meets Girl, Girl Crazy, Meet the People, The Sunshine Boys (for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Actor), and The Subject was Roses (for which he won a Tony for Best Supporting Actor). He was also know for two radio programs, Just Plain Bill and The Jack Albertson Comedy Show.

Jack Albertson had a prolific movie career as well, mostly playing supporting roles. Notable among these were:

  • a bit part as the postal worker who redirected all of Santa Claus' mail to the New York Courthouse in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • a film version of Top Banana (1953), teamed again with his friend Phil Silvers
  • The Subject was Roses (1968), for which he won a best supporting actor Oscar
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Other films include:

  • Big Business Girl (1931)
  • Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
  • Monkey on My Back (1957)
  • Teacher's Pet (1958)
  • Period of Adjustment (1962)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  • Kissin' Cousins (1964)
  • How To Murder Your Wife (1965)
  • The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
  • How To Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968)
  • Justine, Changes, The Monk (all 1969)
  • Squeeze A Flower (1970)
  • Rabbit, Run (1970)
  • Once Upon A Dead Man (1971)
  • The Late Liz (1971)
  • Pickup on 101 (1972)
  • Where Eagles Fly (1972)
  • Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase (1978)
  • The Comedy Company (1978)
  • Marriage is Alive and Well (1979)
  • Charlie's Balloon (1981)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  • Dead and Buried (1981)

(by no means an exhaustive list) His one regret was that he was not asked to reprise his role in the movie version of The Sunshine Boys.

Television also saw much of Albertson's talent. He had reoccurring or starring roles on:

  • The Burns and Allen Show
  • The Thin Man
  • Ensign O'Toole
  • Chico and the Man, for which he won an Emmy, making him one of the few entertainers to win the triple crown of entertainment (Tony, Oscar, and Emmy)
  • Grandpa goes to Washington

He also guest starred on numerous shows, including:

  • Bachelor Father
  • Mister Ed
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Run For Your Life
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Bonanza
  • Land of the Giants
  • Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • Daniel Boone
  • Nanny and the Professor
  • The Virginian
  • Love, American Style
  • McMillan and Wife
  • Night Gallery
  • The Streets of San Francisco
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Gunsmoke

(again, by no means an exhaustive list)

Jack Albertson was married to Wallace (Wally) Thompson and had one daughter, Maura. He resided for years in a modest home in West Hollywood. In 1978 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, but kept this information from the public so he could continue to act. He made one movie, My Body, My Child (1982) and one TV movie, Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? (1982) before his death that were released posthumously.

Jack Albertson died on Wednesday, November 25th, 1981 at 1:30 in the afternoon. He was 74 years old. He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.


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He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. See also Freddie Bartholomew (cocktail). He was 74 years old. Freddie Bartholomew has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to motion pictures, at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard. Jack Albertson died on Wednesday, November 25th, 1981 at 1:30 in the afternoon. He died from emphysema in Sarasota, Florida. He made one movie, My Body, My Child (1982) and one TV movie, Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? (1982) before his death that were released posthumously. Shortly before his death he allowed an interview for the television documentary MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992).

In 1978 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, but kept this information from the public so he could continue to act. Bartholomew was said to have been bitter over his lost fortune and his experiences in Hollywood, but by the early 1980s he was working as a producer for the soap opera As The World Turns. He resided for years in a modest home in West Hollywood. He established a career in advertising and distanced himself from Hollywood. Jack Albertson was married to Wallace (Wally) Thompson and had one daughter, Maura. He continued acting into the 1940s but was much less popular as a teenaged actor, and by the early 1950s had retired from film. (again, by no means an exhaustive list). A protracted legal battle saw much of the wealth Bartholomew had amassed, spent on legal fees.

He also guest starred on numerous shows, including:. By this time Bartholomew's success and level of fame had caused his parents to attempt to gain custody of him. He had reoccurring or starring roles on:. Among his successes of the 1930s were Anna Karenina (1935), with Greta Garbo and Fredric March, Professional Soldier (1935) with Gloria Stuart, Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) with Dolores Costello, Lloyds of London (1937) with Madeleine Carroll and Tyrone Power, and Captains Courageous (1937) with Spencer Tracy. Television also saw much of Albertson's talent. The all-star film was a success and Bartholomew was cast in a succession of prestigious film productions with some of the most popular stars of the day. (by no means an exhaustive list) His one regret was that he was not asked to reprise his role in the movie version of The Sunshine Boys. Selznick had already cast an American boy in the role, but after meeting Bartholomew realised that the character would benefit from being played by a British actor.

Other films include:. Selznick who was soon to film Charles Dickens David Copperfield (1935). Notable among these were:. While visiting the United States, Bartholomew was reportedly seen by film producer David O. Jack Albertson had a prolific movie career as well, mostly playing supporting roles. Born Frederick Llewellyn March in Dublin, Ireland, Bartholomew was abandoned by his parents while a baby, and was raised in London, England by his aunt, whose name he took. He was also know for two radio programs, Just Plain Bill and The Jack Albertson Comedy Show. Freddie Bartholomew (March 28, 1924 – January 23, 1992) was a British child actor popular in 1930s Hollywood films.

Besides vaudeville and burlesque, he appeared on the stage in many Broadway plays including High Button Shoes, Top Banana, The Cradle Will Rock, Make Mine Manhattan, Show Boat, Boy Meets Girl, Girl Crazy, Meet the People, The Sunshine Boys (for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Actor), and The Subject was Roses (for which he won a Tony for Best Supporting Actor). Jack soon worked in burlesque as a hoofer (soft shoe dancer) and straight man to Phil Silvers on the Minsky's Burlesque Circuit. His first real job in show business was with a vaudeville road troupe, the Dancing Verselle Sisters. In the summer he would sleep in Central Park (This was in the age before the muggers took over the park at night).

He was too poor to get a room in a flop house, so in the winter he would sleep on the IRT subway for a nickel and hide out when the transit workers would clear out the train at the end of the line. Jack dropped out of high school and traveled to New York City in an attempt make it big in show business. He had a sister, Mabel, and a brother, Frank, who were also actors. Jack was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Flora Craft, a Russian immigrant, and Leo Albertson, a Polish immigrant.

He was an American actor, comedian, dancer, singer, and musician. Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 - November 25, 1981) was considered a complete entertainer from the old school. Gunsmoke. Charlie's Angels.

The Streets of San Francisco. Night Gallery. McMillan and Wife. Love, American Style.

The Virginian. Nanny and the Professor. Daniel Boone. Marcus Welby, M.D..

Land of the Giants. Bonanza. The Andy Griffith Show. Run For Your Life.

The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Twilight Zone. Mister Ed. Bachelor Father.

Grandpa goes to Washington. Chico and the Man, for which he won an Emmy, making him one of the few entertainers to win the triple crown of entertainment (Tony, Oscar, and Emmy). Ensign O'Toole. The Thin Man.

The Burns and Allen Show. Dead and Buried (1981). The Fox and the Hound (1981). Charlie's Balloon (1981).

Marriage is Alive and Well (1979). The Comedy Company (1978). Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase (1978). Where Eagles Fly (1972).

Pickup on 101 (1972). The Late Liz (1971). Once Upon A Dead Man (1971). Rabbit, Run (1970).

Squeeze A Flower (1970). Justine, Changes, The Monk (all 1969). How To Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968). The Flim-Flam Man (1967).

How To Murder Your Wife (1965). Kissin' Cousins (1964). Days of Wine and Roses (1962). Period of Adjustment (1962).

Teacher's Pet (1958). Monkey on My Back (1957). Don't Go Near the Water (1957). Big Business Girl (1931).

The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). The Subject was Roses (1968), for which he won a best supporting actor Oscar. a film version of Top Banana (1953), teamed again with his friend Phil Silvers.

a bit part as the postal worker who redirected all of Santa Claus' mail to the New York Courthouse in Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

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