Jack Gilford

Jack Gilford

Highest Rated: 88% The Incident (1967)

Lowest Rated: 13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Birthday: Jul 25, 1908

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Oscar-nominated comedic actor Jack Gilford got his start performing at nightclub amateur nights in the 1930s. There he developed a keen comedic timing and was known for his rubber-faced antics, pantomimes, and impressions. Though he had broken into film and television by the 1940s, his career was stunted in the 1950s when Gilford's outspoken tendencies on politics drew the attention of show biz career killers, the House Un-American Activities Committee (or HUAC). Both Gilford and his wife, actress Madeline Lee Gilford, were blacklisted as a result, and so they struggled to find work throughout the '50s. But as the decade drew to a close, so did the McCarthy Era, and by 1963, Gilford and another former blacklisted actor Zero Mostel were on Broadway in the wildly popular Rome-set farce "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The pair reprised their roles in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in 1966, earning the once-ostracized Gilford much deserved praise. In 1973, Gilford garnered an Oscar nod for his role opposite Jack Lemmon in the struggling businessman drama "Save the Tiger." Gilford went on to appear regularly in television, commercials, and films including a memorable role as the pessimistic Bernie in the touching science fiction drama "Cocoon." However, after a three-year struggle with stomach cancer, Gilford died at the age of 81. His son Joe scripted a play about his parents' Red Scare experiences titled "FINKS," which centers on the tragedy of the Gilfords' blacklisting.

Highest rated movies

Save the Tiger
The Incident
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Catch-22
Cocoon
They Might Be Giants
Enter Laughing
Harry and Walter Go to New York

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
13% 30% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Mr. Butterworth (Character) $14.1M 1988
31% 34% Cocoon: The Return Bernard "Bernie" Lefkowitz (Character) $18.5M 1988
No Score Yet 53% Young Again The Angel (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostage Flight Mr. Singer (Character) - 1985
76% 60% Cocoon Bernie Lefkowitz (Character) $75.9M 1985
No Score Yet 56% Anna to the Infinite Power Dr. Jelliff (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Bernie Nelson (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Max (Character) - 1983
35% 54% Caveman Gog (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood Wally (Character) - 1981
14% 39% Wholly Moses! Tailor (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheaper to Keep Her Stanley Bracken (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tubby the Tuba The Herald (Voice) - 1977
50% 30% Harry and Walter Go to New York Mischa (Character) - 1976
88% 74% Save the Tiger Phil Greene (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Thee I Sing Alexander Throttlebottom (Character) - 1972
75% 75% They Might Be Giants Wilbur Peabody (Character) - 1971
80% 76% Catch-22 Dr. "Doc" Daneeka (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 77% Who's Minding the Mint? Avery Dugan (Character) - 1967
54% 38% Enter Laughing Mr. Foreman (Character) - 1967
88% 88% The Incident Sam Beckerman (Character) - 1967
86% 77% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Hysterium (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 50% Mister Buddwing Mr. Schwartz (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer Papa Andersen (Character) - 1966

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Head of the Class Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Old Gentleman (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 87% The Golden Girls Max Weinstock (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 25% Night Court Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
70% No Score Yet Duck Factory Unknown (Character) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Max (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1979 1982
No Score Yet 65% Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 100% Taxi Joe Reiger (Guest Star) 1979 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Littlest Hobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet 100% Soap Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Associates Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Michael Eglash (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet 91% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971 1973-1974
No Score Yet 100% The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1972-1973
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. Broken Bow (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Unknown (Guest Star) 1968