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Jesse White

Highest Rated:   93% Matinee (1992)
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A self-described "household face," character actor Jesse White made his first stage appearance as a teenager in his adopted hometown of Akron, OH. Supporting himself with a variety of civilian jobs, White worked the nightclub circuit in Cleveland, then moved on to what was left of vaudeville in the late '30s. White's first Broadway role was in 1942's The Moon is Down; two years later he scored his biggest success as the acerbic sanitarium attendant in Mary Chase's Harvey, a role he would repeat for the 1950 film version (though Harvey is often listed as White's film debut, he can be seen in a bit role as an elevator operator in 1947's Gentleman's Agreement). While he has appeared in some 60 films, White is best known for his TV work, which allowed him to play Runyon-esque gangsters, theatrical agents, neurotic TV talk show hosts, art connoisseurs, toy manufacturers, and whatever else suited his fancy. Two of his longest professional associations were with satirist Stan Freberg (White was featured in several of Freberg's commercials and comedy albums) and comedian/TV mogul Danny Thomas (White played agent Jesse Leeds during the first few seasons of Make Room for Daddy). In the 1970s, White became established as the "lonely" Maytag repairman in a series of well-circulated TV commercials; when he stepped down from this role in the late '80s, the event received a generous amount of press coverage. Jesse White was still in harness into the 1990s. In 1992, he was memorably cast as a sarcastic, cigar-chomping theater chain owner in Joe Dante's Matinee. He passed away at age 79 following complications from surgery on January 8, 1997.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Death of A Salesman
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Pastor Jones: My Sister Loves You
  • Monique
2008
93% Matinee
  • Mr. Spector
1992
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet
  • Ben Bernstein
1987
No Score Yet The Cat from Outer Space
  • Emie
1978
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Rudy's agent
1976
No Score Yet Nashville Girl
  • C.Y. Ordell
1976
No Score Yet Las Vegas Lady
  • Big Jake
1975
No Score Yet The Brothers O'Toole
  • Mayor
1973
No Score Yet Bless the Beasts and Children
  • Sid Shecker
1971
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing
  • Fess Dorple
1967
No Score Yet The Reluctant Astronaut
  • Donelli
1967
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • J. Sinister Hulk
1966
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte
  • Argyle
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • J. Sinister Hulk
1964
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Radio Tower Operator
1963
No Score Yet It's Only Money
  • Pete Flint
1962
No Score Yet On the Double
  • Cpl. Joseph Praeger
1961
No Score Yet Three Blondes in His Life
  • Ed Kelly
1961
No Score Yet The Big Night
  • Wegg
1960
71% The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
  • Leo Bremer
1960
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar
  • Lou Michaelson
1958
No Score Yet Tomboy and the Champ
  • Windy Skiles
1958
78% Designing Woman
  • Charlie Arneg
1957
No Score Yet Back From Eternity
  • Pete
1957
68% The Bad Seed
  • Emory
1956
No Score Yet The Come On
  • J.J. McGonigle
1956
0% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger)
  • Ben Cosgrove
1955
No Score Yet Hell's Half Acre
  • Tubby Otis
1954
No Score Yet Forever Female
  • Willie Wolfe
1954
No Score Yet Witness to Murder
  • Eddie Vincent
1954
No Score Yet Gun Smoke
  • Professor
1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid
  • Doc Cronnel
1952
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman
  • Stanley
1951
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway
  • Georgie Markham
1951
No Score Yet The Raging Tide
  • Actor
1951
67% Bedtime for Bonzo
  • Babcock
1951
No Score Yet Francis Goes to the Races
  • Frank Damer
1951
84% Harvey
  • Wilson
1950
No Score Yet Guilty Bystander
  • drunk at bar
1950
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
  • Customer
1948
78% Gentleman's Agreement
  • Elevator Starter
1947
86% Kiss of Death
  • Taxi Driver
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
  • Voice
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Repairman Cavender
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960

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