Jack Albertson

American character actor

Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 – November 25, 1981) also known as Jackie Alberts was an American television, movie, stage, radio, and voice actor, singer, vaudeville, dancer, musician, and comedian.[1]

Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson in 1976's The Sad and Lonely Sundays.jpg
Jack Albertson in 1976
Born(1907-06-16)June 16, 1907
DiedNovember 25, 1981(1981-11-25) (aged 74)
Cause of deathColorectal cancer
Other namesJackie Alberts
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • dancer
  • singer
Years active1926–1981
Spouse(s)Wallace Thompson (1952–1981; his death)
ChildrenMaura Dhu Studi Albertson
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor (1968),
Primetime Emmy Award (1975, 1976),
Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor (1965)

Early life and careerEdit

Albertson was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Flora (née Craft) and to Leopold Albertson. His career would begin in 1938 and last until his death in 1981, but Albertson is known for his roles such as; Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Amos Slade in the 1981 animated movie The Fox and the Hound (1981), and as Ed Brown in the 1974–1978 television comedy Chico and the Man. For his contributions to the television industry, Jack Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard.[2]

Personal life and deathEdit

Albertson was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Flora (née Craft) and to Leopold Albertson. His career began in 1938 and last until his death in 1981. Albertson was married to Wallace Thompson from 1952 until his death. They had a child, Maura Dhu Studi Albertson. Albertson died on November 25, 1981 in Hollywood, California from Colorectal cancer which he had for three years, he was 74 years old.

Albertson in September 1971

Freddie Prinze (left) with Albertson (right) in September 1974


Year Film Role Notes
1938 Next Time I Marry Reporter unconfirmed
1940 Strike Up the Band Barker uncredited
1947 Miracle on 34th Street Al, Post Office mail sorter uncredited
1952 Anything Can Happen Flower Vendor uncredited
1954 Top Banana Vic Davis
1955 Bring Your Smile Along Mr. Jenson
1956 Over-Exposed Les Bauer uncredited
The Harder They Fall Pop
The Eddy Duchin Story Piano tuner uncredited
The Unguarded Moment Prof
You Can't Run Away from It Third proprietor
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Dr. J. Wilson Shields
Don't Go Near the Water Rep. George Jansen
Monkey on My Back Sam Pian
1958 Teacher's Pet Guide
1959 Never Steal Anything Small Sleep-Out Charlie Barnes
The Shaggy Dog Reporter uncredited
1961 The George Raft Story Milton
Lover Come Back Fred
1962 Convicts 4 Art Teacher
Period of Adjustment Desk Sergeant
Who's Got the Action? Hodges
Days of Wine and Roses Traynor
1963 Son of Flubber Mr. Barley
1964 Kissin' Cousins Capt. Robert Jason Salbo
The Patsy Theatergoer with Helen
Roustabout Lou (tea house manager)
1965 How to Murder Your Wife Dr. Bentley
1967 The Flim-Flam Man Mr. Packard
1968 How To Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life Mr. Slotkin
The Subject Was Roses John Cleary Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1969 Justine Cohen
Changes The Father
1970 Squeeze a Flower Alfredo Brazzi
Rabbit, Run Marty Tothero
1971 Once Upon a Dead Man
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Grandpa Joe
The Late Liz Reverend Gordon Rogers
1972 Pickup on 101 Hobo
The Poseidon Adventure Manny Rosen
1981 The Fox and the Hound Hunter (Amos Slade) voice
Dead & Buried William G. Dobbs


  1. Obituary Variety, December 2, 1981.
  2. "Hollywood Walk of Fame database". HWOF.com. Archived from Albertson the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-08-17. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)

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