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. His son, Paul Belmondo (born 1963) is a Formula One driver. He was 74 years old. With L'homme de Rio (aka That Man From Rio) (1965) he started to switch to commercial mainstream productions, mainly comedies and action films. Jack Albertson died on Wednesday, November 25th, 1981 at 1:30 in the afternoon. His breakthrough role was in Jean-Luc Godard's A bout de souffle (aka Breathless) (1960), which made him a major figure in the French New Wave. 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. He was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the son of the Parisian sculptor Paul Belmondo (1898-1982).

In 1978 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, but kept this information from the public so he could continue to act. Jean-Paul Belmondo (born April 9, 1933) is a French actor. He resided for years in a modest home in West Hollywood. Molière (1956). Jack Albertson was married to Wallace (Wally) Thompson and had one daughter, Maura. À pied, à cheval et en voiture (1957). (again, by no means an exhaustive list). Les Copains du dimanche (1958).

He also guest starred on numerous shows, including:. Sois belle et tais-toi (1958). He had reoccurring or starring roles on:. Un drôle de dimanche (1958). Television also saw much of Albertson's talent. Les Tricheurs (1958). (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. Ein Engel auf Erden (1959).

Other films include:. À double tour (1959). Notable among these were:. À bout de souffle (Breathless) (1960). Jack Albertson had a prolific movie career as well, mostly playing supporting roles. Classe tous risques (1960). He was also know for two radio programs, Just Plain Bill and The Jack Albertson Comedy Show. Moderato cantabile (1960).

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). La Française et l'amour (1960) (segment "L'Adultère"). Jack soon worked in burlesque as a hoofer (soft shoe dancer) and straight man to Phil Silvers on the Minsky's Burlesque Circuit. Les Distractions (1960). His first real job in show business was with a vaudeville road troupe, the Dancing Verselle Sisters. Charlotte et son Jules (1960). In the summer he would sleep in Central Park (This was in the age before the muggers took over the park at night). Lettere di una novizia (1960).

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. La Ciociara (Two Women) (1960). Jack dropped out of high school and traveled to New York City in an attempt make it big in show business. La Viaccia (1961). He had a sister, Mabel, and a brother, Frank, who were also actors. Une femme est une femme (1961). Jack was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Flora Craft, a Russian immigrant, and Leo Albertson, a Polish immigrant. Léon Morin, prêtre (1961).

He was an American actor, comedian, dancer, singer, and musician. Amours célèbres (1961) (segment "Lauzun). Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 - November 25, 1981) was considered a complete entertainer from the old school. Un nommé La Rocca (1961). Gunsmoke. Cartouche (1962). Charlie's Angels. Un singe en hiver (1962).

The Streets of San Francisco. Le Doulos (1962). Night Gallery. I Dongiovanni della Costa Azzurra (1962) (uncredited). McMillan and Wife. Il Giorno più corto (1962). Love, American Style. Peau de banane (1963).

The Virginian. L'Aîné des Ferchaux (1963). Nanny and the Professor. Dragées au poivre (1963). Daniel Boone. Mare matto (1963). Marcus Welby, M.D.. L'Homme de Rio (1964).

Land of the Giants. Cent mille dollars au soleil (1964). Bonanza. Échappement libre (1964). The Andy Griffith Show. La Chasse à l'homme (1964). Run For Your Life. Week-end à Zuydcoote (1964).

The Dick Van Dyke Show. Par un beau matin d'été (1965). The Twilight Zone. Pierrot le fou (1965). Mister Ed. Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine (1965). Bachelor Father. Paris brûle-t-il? (1966).

Grandpa goes to Washington. Tendre voyou (1966). 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). Le Voleur, (1967). Ensign O'Toole. Casino Royale (1967). The Thin Man. Ho! (1968).

The Burns and Allen Show. Le Cerveau (1969). Dead and Buried (1981). La Sirène du Mississipi (1969). The Fox and the Hound (1981). Un homme qui me plaît (1969). Charlie's Balloon (1981). Borsalino (1970).

Marriage is Alive and Well (1979). Le Casse (1971). The Comedy Company (1978). Les Mariés de l'an II (1971). Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase (1978). Docteur Popaul (1972). Where Eagles Fly (1972). La Scoumoune (1972).

Pickup on 101 (1972). L'Héritier (1973). The Late Liz (1971). Le Magnifique (1973). Once Upon A Dead Man (1971). Stavisky... (1974). Rabbit, Run (1970). Peur sur la ville (1975).

Squeeze A Flower (1970). L'Incorrigible (1975). Justine, Changes, The Monk (all 1969). L'Alpagueur (1976). How To Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968). Le Corps de mon ennemi (1976). The Flim-Flam Man (1967). L'Animal (1977).

How To Murder Your Wife (1965). Flic ou voyou (1979). Kissin' Cousins (1964). Le Guignolo (1980). Days of Wine and Roses (1962). Le Professionnel (1981). Period of Adjustment (1962). L'As des as (1982).

Teacher's Pet (1958). Le Marginal (1983). Monkey on My Back (1957). Les Morfalous (1984). Don't Go Near the Water (1957). Joyeuses Pâques (1984). Big Business Girl (1931). Hold-Up (1985).

The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Le Solitaire (1987). Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988). The Subject was Roses (1968), for which he won a best supporting actor Oscar. L'Inconnu dans la maison (1992). a film version of Top Banana (1953), teamed again with his friend Phil Silvers. Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma (1995).

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). Les Misérables or Les Misérables du vingtième siècle (1995). Désiré (1996). Une chance sur deux (1998). Peut-être (1999).

Les Acteurs (2000). Amazone (2000).

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