Jack Warden

Jack Warden

  • Born on
    • September 18th, 1920
  • Died on
    • July 19th, 2006
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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Acting (60 Credits)

2000The Replacements as Edward O'Neil
1999A Dog of Flanders as Jehan
1998Dirty Work as 'Pops' McKenna
1998Bulworth as Eddie Davers
1998Chairman of the Board as Armand McMillan
1997The Island on Bird Street as BoruchWatch Free
1996Ed as Chubb
1995While You Were Sleeping as Saul
1995Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead as Joe Heff
1995Problem Child 3: Junior in Love as Big Ben
1995Mighty Aphrodite as Tiresias
1994Bullets Over Broadway as Julian Marx
1993Guilty as Sin as Moe
1993La Classe américaine as A Journalist (archive footage)
1992Night and the City as Al Grossman
1992Toys as Old General Zevo
1992Passed Away as Jack Scanlan
1991Problem Child 2 as 'Big' Ben Healy
1990Problem Child as Big Ben
1990Everybody Wins as Judge Harry Murdoch
1988Dead Solid Perfect as Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly
1988The Presidio as Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure
1987September as Lloyd
1985The Aviator as Moravia
1984Crackers as Garvey
1984Crazy Like A Fox as Harry Fox
1982The Verdict as Mickey Morrissey
1981So Fine as Jack
1981Carbon Copy as Nelson Longhurst
1981The Great Muppet Caper as Mike Tarkenian
1980Used Cars as Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs
1979And Justice for All as Judge Francis Rayford
1979Being There as President 'Bobby'
1979The Champ as Jackie
1979Beyond the Poseidon Adventure as Harold Meredith
1978Heaven Can Wait as Max Corkle
1978Death on the Nile as Ludwig Bessner
1977The White Buffalo as Charlie Zane
1976All the President's Men as Harry M. Rosenfeld
1976Raid on Entebbe as Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur
1975Shampoo as Lester
1974Billy Two Hats as Sheriff Henry Gifford
1974The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz as Max
1973The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing as Dawes
1971Brian's Song as Coach George Halas
1971Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? as Dr. Solomon F. Moses
1968Bye Bye Braverman as Barnet Weinstein
1965Blindfold as General George Pratt
1964The Thin Red Line as First Sgt. Welsh
1963Donovan's Reef as William Dedham
1962Escape from Zahrain as Huston
1959That Kind of Woman as George Kelly
1959The Sound and the Fury as Ben Compson
1958Run Silent Run Deep as Yeoman 1st Class Mueller
1958Darby's Rangers as Saul Rosen / Narrator
1957Edge of the City as Charles Malik
1957The Bachelor Party as Eddie Watkins
195712 Angry Men as Juror 7
1953From Here to Eternity as Cpl. Buckley
1951You're in the Navy Now as Tommy Morse (uncredited)


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