Vic Tayback

Highest Rated: 97% Bullitt (1968)
Lowest Rated: 25% The Black Bird (1975)
Birthday: Jan 6, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
Born to a Syrian-Lebanese family in Brooklyn, Victor Tayback grew up learning how to aggressively defend himself and those he cared about, qualities that he'd later carry over into his acting work. Moving to California with his family, the 16-year-old Tayback made the varsity football team at Burbank High. Despite numerous injuries, he continued his gridiron activities at Glendale Community College, until he quit school over a matter of principle (he refused to apologize to his coach for breaking curfew). After four years in the navy, Tayback enrolled at the Frederick A. Speare School of Radio and TV Broadcasting, hoping to become a sportscaster. Instead, he was sidetracked into acting, working as a cab driver, bank teller and even a "Kelly Girl" between performing gigs. Shortly after forming a little-theatre group called the Company of Angels, Tayback made his movie debut in Door-to-Door Maniac (1961), a fact he tended to exclude from his resumé in later years. His professional life began to improve in 1967, when he won an audition to play Sid Caesar's look-alike in a TV pilot. Throughout the early 1970s the bulging, bald-domed actor made a comfortable living in TV commercials and TV guest-star assignments, and as a regular on the detective series Griff (1973) and Khan (1975). In 1975, he was cast in the secondary role of Mel Sharples, the potty-mouthed short-fused owner of a greasy spoon diner, in the theatrical feature Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. When the film evolved into the weekly TV sitcom Alice in 1976, Tayback was engaged to recreate his "Mel" characterization. He remained with the program for the next nine years. In contrast to his gruff, abusive screen character, Tayback was dearly loved by the rest of the Alice cast, who regarded him a Big Brother and Father Confessor rolled into one. Five years after Alice's cancellation, Vic Tayback died of cancer at the age of 61; one of his last screen assignments was the voice of Carface in the animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tunnels Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Horseplayer George 1991
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers Lou 1989
44% Loverboy Harry Bruckner 1989
55% All Dogs Go To Heaven Carface 1989
No Score Yet The Butcher Actor 1988
No Score Yet Criminal Act Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Underachievers Coach 1988
No Score Yet Weekend Warriors Sgt. Burdge 1986
No Score Yet George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head Actor 1986
No Score Yet L'Ile Au Trésor Silver 1985
No Score Yet The Jesse Owens Story Saperstein 1984
No Score Yet Mysterious Two Actor 1982
No Score Yet Rage! Actor 1980
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Night the City Screamed Actor 1980
No Score Yet Portrait of a Stripper Actor 1979
43% The Cheap Detective Lt. DiMaggio 1978
50% The Choirboys Pete Zoony 1977
No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night Actor 1977
50% The Shaggy D.A. Eddie Roschak 1976
No Score Yet Mansion of the Doomed Detective 1976
78% The Big Bus Goldie 1976
No Score Yet No Deposit, No Return Big Joe 1976
No Score Yet Dark Victory Archie 1976
No Score Yet Special Delivery Wyatt 1976
25% The Black Bird Warren Finley 1975
No Score Yet Report to the Commissioner Lt. Seidensticker 1975
No Score Yet Lepke Lucky Luciano 1975
88% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Mario 1974
88% The Gambler One 1974
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Mel 1974
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead Ralph Negri 1973
80% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North) Yardman 1973
83% Papillon Sergeant 1973
No Score Yet Blood and Lace Calvin Carruthers 1971
No Score Yet They Call It Murder Jeffrey Poland 1971
97% Bullitt Pete Ross 1968
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll Chicken Truck Driver 1968
89% Love with the Proper Stranger Cye 1963
No Score Yet Door-to-Door Maniac Fred Dorella 1961


No Score Yet MacGyver
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Sal Domino
  • 1986
No Score Yet Barney Miller
  • 1975
No Score Yet All in the Family
  • 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Maj. Morris
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Rocco Harlan Laws Ingram
  • 1973
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
Henry Garrison
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Officer Jackson
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bewitched
Surveyor Chauffeur Officer #1
  • 1971
  • 1968
  • 1965
No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1970
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Sgt. Gorte
  • 1968
80% Star Trek
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Monkees
George Rocco Cluche
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
  • 1966
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Man Talking to Cabbie
  • 1958