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Jesse White (actor)

American actor

Jesse Marc Weidenfeld (January 4, 1917 – January 9, 1997) was an American television, movie, and stage character actor. He is best remembered for playing the Maytag repairman in television commercials, a role that he starred from 1967 to 1988.

Jesse White
Jesse White in Three Blondes in His Life.jpg
Born
Jesse Marc Weidenfeld

(1917-01-03)January 3, 1917
DiedJanuary 9, 1997(1997-01-09) (aged 80)
Cause of deathHeart attack following surgery
Resting placeMount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles
Other namesJessie White
OccupationActor
Years active1942–1997
Spouse(s)Celia Cohn (1942–1997, his death)
ChildrenTwo children

Early lifeEdit

White was born Jesse Marc Weidenfeld on January 4, 1917 in Buffalo, New York. He was raised in Akron, Ohio and in Cleveland, Ohio.

CareerEdit

In 1947, White starred in his first movie called Kiss of Death. White appeared in The Bad Seed (1956); Designing Woman (1957), with Lauren Bacall; and Marjorie Morningstar (1958), with Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly. He also appeared in the epic comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

On October 2, 1958, White played the fast-talking, dishonest, used-car salesman San Fernando Harry in the segment "The New Car" of the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, and Kathleen Nolan.

His last movie was in the 1993 comedy Matinee. His last television appearance was on Seinfeld.

Personal lifeEdit

White was married to Celia Cohn from 1942 until his death in 1997. They had two children. One of his daughters is actress Carole Ita White. He lived in Beverley Hills, California.

DeathEdit

White died on January 9, 1997 from complications of a heart attack following a surgical operation.[1] He was 80 years old. He died 5 days after his birthday. He was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Saxon, Wolfgang (1997-01-11). "Jesse White, 79, an Actor and the Maytag Repairman". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-09.

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