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Encyclopedia > Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
Born Jonathan George Albertson
June 16, 1907(1907-06-16)
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Died November 25, 1981 (aged 74)
Hollywood, California, USA
Other name(s) Jackie Alberts

Jonathan George "Jack" Albertson (June 16, 1907November 25, 1981) was an Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning American character actor, dating back to vaudeville. A comedian, dancer, singer, and musician, Albertson is perhaps best known for his role as Grandpa Joe in the 1972 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1640 Incorporated 1649 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Richard C. Howard Area  - City  5. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Subject Was Roses is a 1968 film which tells the story of a young soldier who comes home to find that his parents marriage is on the verge of collapse. ... An Emmy Award. ... This is a list of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winners: 1974: Alan Alda - M*A*S*H 1975: Tony Randall - The Odd Couple 1976: Jack Albertson - Chico and The Man 1977: Carroll OConnor - All in the Family 1978: Carroll OConnor... Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and introducing Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ... The Subject Was Roses is a 1968 film which tells the story of a young soldier who comes home to find that his parents marriage is on the verge of collapse. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... An Emmy Award. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... This article is about the musical variety theatre. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a musical film adaptation of Roald Dahls classic book for children Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ...

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Career

Vaudeville

Albertson 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 flophouse, 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. His first real job in show business was with a vaudeville road troupe, the Dancing Verselle Sisters. He was considered a complete entertainer from the old school. For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ... A flophouse or dosshouse is a place that offers very cheap lodging, generally by providing only minimal services. ... For other uses, see Winter (disambiguation). ... The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) was the operator of the original New York Subway line that opened in 1904 and additional rapid transit lines in the City of New York. ... “Mass Transit” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Nickel (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Summer (disambiguation). ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres, 3. ... This article is about the musical variety theatre. ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... Old school, variously spelled old skool, oldschool or oldskool, is a slang term referring to an older school of thinking or acting and to old objects in general, within the context of newer, more modern times. ...


Broadway

Albertson 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 Award nomination for Best Actor), and The Subject Was Roses (for which he won a Tony for Best Supporting Actor). He was also known for two radio programs, Just Plain Bill and The Jack Albertson Comedy Show. For other uses, see Burlesque (disambiguation). ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. ... For other uses, see Burlesque (disambiguation). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein was originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project. ... For films based on the musical, see Show Boat (film). ... The Sunshine Boys is a comic play by Neil Simon. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


Film

Albertson appeared in over 30 films. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1968 film The Subject Was Roses. He appeared as Charlie Bucket's Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), and in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), where he was the husband who encouraged his wife, the former swimming champion (played by Shelley Winters in her Oscar-nominated role) to swim for safety. Albertson said that his one regret was that he was not asked to reprise his role in the movie version of The Sunshine Boys. The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Subject Was Roses is a 1968 film which tells the story of a young soldier who comes home to find that his parents marriage is on the verge of collapse. ... Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a musical film adaptation of Roald Dahls classic book for children Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 action adventure/disaster film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... The term role in the performing arts is usually taken to mean an actors interpretation of a fictional character written in a script that culminates in a unique performance of that character. ... The Sunshine Boys is a comic play by Neil Simon. ...


Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1938 Next Time I Marry Reporter unconfirmed
1940 Strike Up the Band Barker uncredited
1947 Miracle on 34th Street Post Office mail sorter next to Lou uncredited
1952 Anything Can Happen Flower Vendor uncredited
1954 Top Banana Vic Davis
1955 Bring Your Smile Along Mr. Jenson
1956 Over-Exposed Les Bauer uncredited
The Harder They Fall Pop
The Eddy Duchin Story Piano tuner uncredited
The Unguarded Moment Prof
You Can't Run Away from It Third proprietor
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Dr. J. Wilson Shields
Don't Go Near the Water Rep. George Jansen
Monkey on My Back Sam Pian
1958 Teacher's Pet Guide
1959 Never Steal Anything Small Sleep-Out Charlie Barnes
The Shaggy Dog Reporter uncredited
1961 The George Raft Story Milton
Lover Come Back Fred
1962 Convicts 4 Art Teacher
Period of Adjustment Desk Sergeant
Who's Got the Action? Hodges
Days of Wine and Roses Traynor
1963 Son of Flubber Mr. Barley
1964 Kissin' Cousins Capt. Robert Jason Salbo
The Patsy Theatergoer with Helen
Roustabout Lou (tea house manager)
1965 How to Murder Your Wife Dr. Bentley
1967 The Flim-Flam Man Mr. Packard
1968 How To Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life Mr. Slotkin
The Subject Was Roses John Cleary Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1969 Justine Cohen
'Changes The Father
1970 Squeeze A Flower Alfredo Brazzi
Rabbit, Run Marty Tothero
1971 Once Upon A Dead Man
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Grandpa Joe
The Late Liz Rev. Gordon Rogers
1972 Pickup on 101 Hobo
The Poseidon Adventure Manny Rosen
1981 The Fox and the Hound Hunter (Amos Slade) voice
Dead and Buried William G. Dobbs
1982 The American Adventure Mark Twain

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Television

Television also saw much of Albertson's talent. He starred in Chico and the Man, for which Albertson won an Emmy, making him one of the few entertainers to win the triple crown of entertainment (a Tony, an Oscar, and an Emmy). A tragedy occurred during this production when his co-star, Freddie Prinze, committed suicide during a bout of depression in what several news sources described at the time as "an accidental shooting."[citation needed] Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and introducing Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an... An Emmy Award. ... Frederick Karl Pruetzel (22 June 1954 – 29 January 1977), better known as “Freddie Prinze” was an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... On the Threshold of Eternity. ...


Television - recurrent roles

Year Show Role Other notes
1957-1959 The Thin Man Lt. Harry Evans 14 episodes
1959-1962 The Jack Benny Program Reporter 6 episodes
1961-1964 Mister Ed Paul Fenton 7 episodes
1962 Room for One More Walter Burton
1971-1972 Doctor Simon Locke Dr. Andrew Sellers
1974-1978 Chico and the Man Ed Brown 1975 - Nominated - Emmy Award
1976 - Won - Emmy Award
1977 - Nominated - Emmy Award
1978 Grandpa Goes to Washington Sen. Joe Kelley

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Television - guest roles

Year Show Role Other notes
1956 I Love Lucy Helicopter Dispatcher "Bon Voyage" episode
1957-1960 Have Gun, Will Travel 3 episodes
1958 Bachelor Father "Bentley and the Finishing School" episode
1960 The Gale Storm Show Freddy Morell 1 episode
1959-1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis various roles 5 episodes
1961-1963 The Twilight Zone 2 episodes
1962 The Dick Van Dyke Show Mr. Eisenbauer 1 episode
1966-1967 Run for Your Life Harry Krissel 3 episodes
1967 The Andy Griffith Show Bradford J. Taylor 1 episode
1968-1972 Bonanza 2 episodes
1969 The Big Valley Judge Ben Moore 1 episode
1969-1970 Land of the Giants 2 episodes
The Virginian 2 episodes
1969-1974 Gunsmoke 3 episodes
1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. Mr. Chambers 1 episode
Daniel Boone Sweet 1 episode
Nanny and the Professor Edwin Higgenbotham Botkin 1 episode
1971 Love, American Style Archie segment "Love and the Second Time"
1972 Night Gallery Bullivant 1 episode
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Tim Murphy 1 episode
1975 Tony Orlando and Dawn Himself 1 episode
Cher Himself Emmy Award
1976 Donny & Marie Himself Episode dated 6 April 1976
1980 Charlie's Angels Edward Jordan 1 episode

Personal life and death

Albertson was married to Wallace (Wally) Thompson and had one daughter, Maura. He resided for years in West Hollywood, California. In 1978, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, but kept this information private so he could continue to act. He made two television movies, My Body, My Child (1982) and Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? (1982), that were released posthumously. I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... Have Gun, Will Travel was a popular American television Western that aired from on CBS 1957 through 1963. ... Sitcom starred John Forsythe and debuted in the Fall of 1957 on CBS. The setup of the show was a wealthy attorney and bachelor named Bentley Gregg is living in Beverly Hills and must assume the responsibility of raising his niece, Kelly, whose parents died in an auto accident. ... The Gale Storm Show was a sitcom co-produced by ITC Entertainment and Hal Roach Studios. ... The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was a situation comedy which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1963. ... The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television situation comedy which initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966, created by Carl Reiner and starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. ... Run for Your Life was a television series starring Ben Gazzara which ran on NBC from 1965 to 1968. ... The Andy Griffith Show is an American television series that aired on CBS from October 3rd, 1960 to April 1st, 1968. ... The Bonanza logo was superimposed upon a map of a wild west frontier area. ... The Big Valley was a television Western which ran on ABC from 1965 to 1969. ... Land of the Giants was an hour-long American science fiction television program lasting two seasons beginning on September 22, 1968 and ending in March 22, 1970. ... The Virginian was a Western-themed television series which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971. ... This article is about the radio and television series. ... Marcus Welby, M.D. was a popular medical drama that aired on ABC from late September 1969 to May 1976. ... Daniel Boone was a TV show that aired from September 24, 1964 to September 10, 1970 on NBC for 165 episodes, and was made by 20th Century Fox Television. ... Nanny And The Professor was a 1970s U.S. fantasy sitcom that was produced by 20th Century Fox Television. ... Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... Night Gallery was Rod Serlings follow-up to The Twilight Zone, airing on NBC from 1970 to 1973. ... The Streets of San Francisco was a successful 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in association with Warner Bros. ... Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... An Emmy Award. ... Donny & Marie was a variety show which aired on ABC from January 1976 to May 1979. ... This article is about the television series. ... Nickname: WeHo Location of Los Angeles County in California and West Hollywood within Los Angeles County Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated 1984  - City Council John Heilman (mayor) Sal Guarriello John J. Duran Abbe Land Jeffrey Prang Area    - City  1. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... A posthumous work is a work of art (generally a book, musical composition, musical recording, or movie) that is published after the death of an author or performer. ...


Jack Albertson died on November 25, 1981, from colorectal cancer. He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... Cremation is the practice of disposing of a corpse by burning. ...

See also

External links

Awards
Preceded by
George Kennedy
for Cool Hand Luke
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1968
for The Subject Was Roses
Succeeded by
Gig Young
for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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Jack Albertson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (486 words)
Albertson was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Jewish parents - Flora Craft, a Russian immigrant, and Leo Albertson, a Polish immigrant.
Albertson was married to Wallace (Wally) Thompson and had one daughter, Maura.
Jack Albertson died on November 25, 1981, at 1:30 P.M. at the age of 74 from cancer, survived by his wife, daughter and his older sister, Mabel.
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