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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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Born:
Sep 18, 1920 In Newark, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
134
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie The Replacements 2000-08-07
Known For
Poster of Alice in Wonderland
Poster of The Bad News Bears
Poster of Norby
Poster of Center Stage
Filmography
Movie The Replacements Edward O'Neil 2000-08-07
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Movie A Dog Of Flanders Jehan 1999-08-27
Movie Chairman of the Board Armand McMillan 1998-03-13
Movie Dirty Work 'Pops' McKenna 1998-06-12
Movie Bulworth Eddie Davers 1998-05-15
Movie The Island on Bird Street Boruch 1997-10-23
Movie Ed Chubb 1996-03-15
Series Ink Unknown 1996-10-21
Movie Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Joe Heff 1995-12-01
Movie Problem Child 3 Big Ben 1995-05-13
Movie While You Were Sleeping Saul 1995-04-21
Movie Mighty Aphrodite Tiresias 1995-09-13
Movie Bullets Over Broadway Julian Marx 1994-10-14
Movie Guilty as Sin Moe 1993-06-04
Movie Passed Away Jack Scanlan 1992-04-24
Movie Night and the City Al Grossman 1992-10-11
Movie Toys Old General Zevo 1992-12-18
Movie Problem Child 2 'Big' Ben Healy 1991-07-03
Movie Problem Child Big Ben 1990-07-27
Movie Everybody Wins Judge Harry Murdoch 1990-01-19
Movie Judgment Claude Fortier 1990-10-13
Series Knight & Daye Hank Knight 1989-07-08
Movie The Presidio Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure 1988-06-10
Movie Dead Solid Perfect Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly 1988-12-18
Movie September Lloyd 1987-01-01
Movie Still Crazy Like a Fox Harry Fox 1987-04-05
Movie The Cosmic Eye Rocko (voice) 1986-06-06
Movie The Aviator Moravia 1985-03-01
Series Robert Kennedy & His Times Joseph Kennedy Sr. 1985-01-27
Series A.D. Nerva 1985-03-31
Series Alice in Wonderland 1985-12-09
Movie Alice in Wonderland Owl 1985-12-09
Movie Crackers Garvey 1984-02-17
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Movie Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Mark Twain 1984-04-23
Movie The Verdict Mickey Morrissey 1982-12-08
Movie The Great Muppet Caper Mike Tarkenian 1981-06-26
Movie Carbon Copy Nelson Longhurst 1981-08-06
Movie Chu Chu and the Philly Flash The Commander 1981-08-28
Movie So Fine Jack 1981-09-25
Movie Used Cars Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs 1980-07-11
Movie Dreamer Harry 1979-04-27
Series The Bad News Bears Morris Buttermaker 1979-03-24
Movie Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Harold Meredith 1979-05-18
Movie Being There President 'Bobby' 1979-12-19
Movie Topper Cosmo Topper 1979-11-09
Movie ...And Justice for All Judge Francis Rayford 1979-10-19
Movie The Champ Jackie 1979-07-10
Movie Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette Dr. Ludwig Bessner 1978-01-01
Movie Heaven Can Wait Max Corkle 1978-06-28
Movie Death on the Nile Dr. Ludwig Bessner 1978-10-06
Movie The White Buffalo Charlie Zane 1977-05-01
Movie Raid on Entebbe Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur 1976-01-01
Series Jigsaw John John St. John 1976-02-02
Movie All the President's Men Harry M. Rosenfeld 1976-04-04
Movie Shampoo Lester 1975-03-13
Movie They Only Come Out at Night John "Jigsaw" St. John 1975-04-29
Movie Billy Two Hats Sheriff Henry Gifford 1974-03-07
Movie The Godchild Sgt. Dobbs 1974-11-27
Movie The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Max 1974-04-11
Movie The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Dawes 1973-06-28
Movie Man On A String Jake Moniker 1972-02-17
Movie Lieutenant Schuster's Wife Capt. Patrick Lonergan 1972-10-12
Movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Dr. Solomon F. Moses 1971-06-15
Movie The Sporting Club Earl Olive 1971-02-28
Movie Summertree Herb 1971-06-06
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 Blindfold General George Pratt 1966-05-23
Series The Wackiest Ship in the Army Major Simon Butcher 1965-09-19
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Movie The Thin Red Line First Sgt. Welsh 1964-05-02
Series Slattery's People Unknown 1964-09-21
Movie Donovan's Reef Dr. William Dedham 1963-06-12
Series Breaking Point Unknown 1963-09-16
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
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
Movie Escape from Zahrain Huston 1962-05-23
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Movie Flashing Spikes Comissioner 1962-10-04
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie The Lawbreakers Matthew Gower 1961-08-15
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Series The Asphalt Jungle 1961-04-02
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Series Alcoa Premiere Unknown 1961-10-10
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Wake Me When It's Over Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington 1960-06-10
Series Checkmate Unknown 1960-09-17
Series Stagecoach West Unknown 1960-10-04
Series Outlaws Unknown 1960-09-26
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie That Kind of Woman George Kelly 1959-09-11
Movie The Sound and the Fury Ben Compson 1959-03-27
Series The Twilight Zone James A. Corry 1959-10-02
Series Five Fingers Unknown 1959-10-04
Movie Darby's Rangers MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator 1958-02-12
Movie Run Silent, Run Deep Yeoman 1st Class Mueller 1958-03-27
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie The Bachelor Party Eddie Watkins 1957-04-09
Movie 12 Angry Men Juror 7 1957-03-25
Movie Edge of the City Charles Malik 1957-08-02
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Series The Kaiser Aluminum Hour Unknown 1956-07-03
Series Norby Bobo 1955-01-05
Series The Alcoa Hour Unknown 1955-10-16
Series Justice Unknown 1954-04-08
Series Inner Sanctum Unknown 1954-01-09
Series Center Stage Unknown 1954-06-01
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series Producers' Showcase Unknown 1954-10-18
Series The Man Behind the Badge Unknown 1953-10-11
Movie From Here to Eternity Cpl. Buckley 1953-08-28
Series The United States Steel Hour Unknown 1953-10-27
Series The Campbell Playhouse Unknown 1952-06-06
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie You're in the Navy Now Tommy Morse 1951-02-23
Movie The Man with My Face Walt Davis 1951-06-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series Danger Unknown 1950-09-26
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03