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Jack Albertson



On stage from his teens (as part of the "Dancing Verselle Sisters" troupe), Jack Albertson worked in almost any form of live entertainment you could name: vaudeville, burlesque, legitimate stage, even opera. For two years he was straight man to comedian Phil Silvers on the Minsky's Burlesque Circuit, carrying over this partnership in Silvers' hit Broadway musicals High Button Shoes (1947) and Top Banana (1953). Albertson began taking bit roles in films in 1938; among his many fleeting film parts was the postal worker who redirected all of Santa Claus' mail to the New York Courthouse in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). On television, Albertson was a frequent guest star on the Burns and Allen Show and had regular roles on The Thin Man (1957-59) and Ensign O'Toole (1963). He also co-starred with Sam Groom on the 1971 syndicated series Dr. Simon Locke--at least until angrily walking off the series due to its severe budget deficiencies. Albertson became an "overnight success" with his portrayal of Martin Sheen's taciturn father in the 1964 Broadway play The Subject Was Roses, which earned him a Tony Award; he repeated the role in the 1968 film version, winning an Oscar in the process. Albertson added a pair of Emmies to his shelf for his performance as crotchety garage owner Ed Brown on the TV sitcom Chico and the Man (1974-77), and for his guest appearance on a 1975 episode of the variety series Cher. Jack Albertson was the brother of character actress Mabel Albertson.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase
  • Charlie Bartlett
1982
69% The Fox and the Hound
  • Slade
1981
73% Dead and Buried
  • William G. Dobbs
1981
No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well
  • Actor
1980
79% The Poseidon Adventure
  • Manny Rosen
1972
No Score Yet Pickup on 101
  • Hobo
1972
89% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Grandpa Joe
1971
No Score Yet The Late Liz
  • Rev. Gordon Rogers
1971
No Score Yet Rabbit, Run
  • Marty Tothero
1970
No Score Yet Lock, Stock and Barrel
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Justine
  • Cohen
1969
No Score Yet Changes
  • Kent's Father
1969
100% The Subject Was Roses
  • John Cleary
1968
No Score Yet How to Save a Marriage---and Ruin Your Life
  • Mr. Slotkin
1968
71% The Flim-Flam Man
  • Mr. Packard
1967
67% How to Murder Your Wife
  • Dr. Bentley
1965
80% The Patsy
  • Man
1964
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks
  • Sam Grant
1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins
  • Capt. Robert Salbo
1964
63% Roustabout
  • Lou
1964
86% Son of Flubber
  • Mr. Barley
1963
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action?
  • Hodges
1963
100% Days of Wine and Roses
  • Trayner
1962
67% Period of Adjustment
  • Desk Sergeant
1962
No Score Yet Convicts 4
  • Art Teacher
1962
89% Lover Come Back
  • Fred
1961
No Score Yet The George Raft Story
  • Milton
1961
67% The Shaggy Dog
  • Reporter
1959
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small
  • Sleep-Out Charlie
1959
83% Teacher's Pet
  • Guide
1958
No Score Yet Don't Go Near the Water
  • Rep. George Jansen
1957
No Score Yet Monkey on My Back
  • Sam Pian
1957
80% Man of a Thousand Faces
  • Dr. J. Wilson Shields
1957
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It
  • 3rd Proprietor
1956
No Score Yet The Eddy Duchin Story
  • Piano Tuner
1956
100% The Harder They Fall
  • Pop
1956
No Score Yet Over-Exposed
  • Les Bauer
1956
No Score Yet Bring Your Smile Along
  • Jenson
1955
No Score Yet Top Banana
  • Vic Davis
1954
96% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Post Office Employee
1947
No Score Yet Strike Up the Band
  • Barker
1940
No Score Yet Next Time I Marry
  • Reporter
1938
No Score Yet Big Business Girl
  • Actor
1931

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Genie Jerry Harlowe

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