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Jack Warden

Jack Warden was an American television and film character actor, born John Warden Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also received a BAFTA nomination for the former movie and won an Emmy for his performance in Brian's Song (1971).   Expelled from high school for fighting, Warden eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello winning 13 welterweight bouts to little financial success.   Warden worked a number of odd jobs before joining the United States military in 1938, rotating through numerous branches of the US armed forces, finishing his career as a Master Sergeant with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.   Following his military service, Warden studied theatre, performing on stage for five years, before making his television debut in 1948 on The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One.  He earned his first credited film role with The Man with My Face in 1952, just prior to his breakout performance as Juror No. 7 in 12 Angry Men. Warden continued to appear in many television series and films over the years. He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in the television movie Brian's Song, and was twice nominated for his starring role in the 1980s comedy/drama series, Crazy Like a Fox. Appearing in more than one hundred movies, Wardon typically played gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends or similar roles over his six decade career.  His final film was The Replacements in 2000, after which he suffered from declining health and retired from acting before passing of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital at the age of 85.  

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Sep 18, 1920 In Newark, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie You're in the Navy Now 1951-02-23
Latest Project:
Movie The Replacements 2000-08-07
Known For
Movie The Replacements Edward O'Neil 2000-08-07
Movie A Dog Of Flanders Jehan 1999-08-27
tv The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Movie Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Joe Heff 1995-12-01
Movie Still Crazy Like A Fox Harry Fox 1987-04-05
Movie September Lloyd 1987-01-01
Movie The Cosmic Eye Rocko (voice) 1986-06-06
Movie Alice in Wonderland Owl 1985-12-09
tv Alice in Wonderland 1985-12-09
Movie A.D. Nerva 1985-03-31
Movie The Aviator Moravia 1985-03-01
Movie Robert Kennedy and His Times Joseph Kennedy Sr. 1985-01-27
Movie Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Mark Twain 1984-04-23
Movie The Verdict Mickey Morrissey 1982-12-08
Movie The Great Muppet Caper Mike Tarkenian 1981-06-26
Movie Chu Chu and the Philly Flash The Commander 1981-08-28
Movie So Fine Jack 1981-09-25
Movie Carbon Copy Nelson Longhurst 1981-09-25
Movie Used Cars Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs 1980-07-11
Movie Being There President 'Bobby' 1979-12-19
Movie ...And Justice for All Judge Francis Rayford 1979-10-19
Movie The Champ Jackie 1979-07-10
Movie Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Harold Meredith 1979-05-18
Movie Dreamer Harry 1979-04-27
tv The Bad News Bears Morris Buttermaker 1979-03-24
Movie Death on the Nile Dr. Ludwig Bessner 1978-10-06
Movie Heaven Can Wait Max Corkle 1978-06-28
Movie Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette Dr. Ludwig Bessner 1978-01-01
Movie The White Buffalo Charlie Zane 1977-05-01
Movie Raid on Entebbe Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur 1976-01-01
Movie All the President's Men Harry M. Rosenfeld 1976-04-04
tv Jigsaw John John St. John 1976-02-02
Movie Shampoo Lester 1975-03-13
Movie Billy Two Hats Sheriff Henry Gifford 1974-03-07
Movie The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Dawes 1973-06-28
Movie What's a Nice Girl Like You...? Lieutenant Joe Burton 1971-12-18
Movie Brian's Song Coach George Halas 1971-11-30
Movie The Face of Fear Lieutenant George Coy 1971-10-08
Movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Dr. Solomon F. Moses 1971-06-15
Movie Summertree Herb 1971-06-06
Movie The Sporting Club Earl Olive 1971-02-28
Movie Bye Bye Braverman Barnet Weinstein 1968-02-21
Movie Blindfold General George Pratt 1965-12-22
Movie Donovan's Reef Dr. William Dedham 1963-06-12
Movie Flashing Spikes Comissioner 1962-10-04
Movie Escape From Zahrain Huston 1962-05-23
Movie The Lawbreakers Matthew Gower 1961-08-15
Movie Wake Me When It's Over Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington 1960-06-10
Movie That Kind of Woman George Kelly 1959-09-11
Movie The Sound and the Fury Ben Compson 1959-03-27
Movie Run Silent, Run Deep Yeoman 1st Class Mueller 1958-03-27
Movie Darby's Rangers MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator 1958-02-12
Movie Edge of the City Charles Malik 1957-08-02
Movie The Bachelor Party Eddie Watkins 1957-04-09
Movie 12 Angry Men Juror 7 1957-03-25
Movie From Here to Eternity Cpl. Buckley 1953-08-28
Movie The Man with My Face Walt Davis 1951-06-14
Movie You're in the Navy Now Tommy Morse 1951-02-23