Jesse White (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.
White in Three Blondes in His Life (1961)
Jesse Marc Weidenfeld
January 3, 1917
|Died||January 9, 1997 (aged 80)|
|Cause of death||Heart attack following surgery|
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles|
|Other names||Jessie White|
|Spouse(s)||Celia Cohn (1942–1997, his death)|
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.
White died on January 9, 1997 from complications of a heart attack following a surgical operation. He was 80 years old. He died 5 days after his birthday. He was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
- Saxon, Wolfgang (1997-01-11). "Jesse White, 79, an Actor and the Maytag Repairman". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-09.