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. He died in a car accident. He was 74 years old. Bannen appeared in films such as Doomwatch and Braveheart, and on television in the 1990s remake of Dr. Finlay's Casebook. Jack Albertson died on Wednesday, November 25th, 1981 at 1:30 in the afternoon. Ian Bannen (June 29, 1928 - November 3, 1999) was a Scottish character actor. 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.

In 1978 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, but kept this information from the public so he could continue to act. He resided for years in a modest home in West Hollywood. Jack Albertson was married to Wallace (Wally) Thompson and had one daughter, Maura. (again, by no means an exhaustive list).

He also guest starred on numerous shows, including:. He had reoccurring or starring roles on:. Television also saw much of Albertson's talent. (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.

Other films include:. Notable among these were:. Jack Albertson had a prolific movie career as well, mostly playing supporting roles. He was also know for two radio programs, Just Plain Bill and The Jack Albertson Comedy Show.

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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