Jack Warden

18 Sep 1920 - 19 Jul 2006

Actor

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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Filmography (61 titles)

(movie, 2000)
···The Replacements
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Edward O'Neil)
(movie, 1999)
···A Dog of Flanders
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Jehan Daas)
(movie, 1998)
···Dirty Work
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as 'Pops' McKenna)
(movie, 1998)
···Bulworth
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Eddie Davers)
(movie, 1997)
···The Island on Bird Street
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Boruch)
(movie, 1997)
···The Volunteers
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Richie)
(movie, 1996)
···Ed
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Chubb)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Joe Heff)
(movie, 1995)
···Mighty Aphrodite
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tiresias)
(movie, 1995)
···Problem Child 3
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Big Ben)
(movie, 1995)
···While You Were Sleeping
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Saul)
(movie, 1994)
···Bullets Over Broadway
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Julian Marx)
(movie, 1993)
···Guilty as Sin
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Moe)
(movie, 1992)
···Toys
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Old General Zevo)
(movie, 1992)
···Night and the City
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Al Grossman)
(movie, 1992)
···Passed Away
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jack Scanlan)
(movie, 1991)
···Problem Child 2
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as 'Big' Ben Healy)
(movie, 1990)
···Problem Child
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Big Ben)
(movie, 1990)
···Everybody Wins
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Judge Harry Murdoch)
(movie, 1990)
···Judgment
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Claude Fortier)
(movie, 1988)
···The Presidio
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure)
(movie, 1988)
···Dead Solid Perfect
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly)
(movie, 1987)
···Still Crazy Like a Fox
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Harry Fox)
(movie, 1987)
···The Three Kings
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as David)
(movie, 1985)
···The Aviator
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Moravia)
(movie, 1984)
···Crackers
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Garvey)
(movie, 1983)
···Hobson's Choice
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Henry Horatio Hobson)
(movie, 1982)
···The Verdict
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mickey Morrissey)
(movie, 1981)
···The Great Muppet Caper
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Role: Actor (as Mike Tarkenian)
(movie, 1981)
···Carbon Copy
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Nelson Longhurst)
(movie, 1981)
···So Fine
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jack)
(movie, 1980)
···Used Cars
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Roy L. Fuchs · Luke Fuchs)
(movie, 1979)
···Being There
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as President 'Bobby')
(movie, 1979)
···...And Justice for All.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Judge Francis Rayford)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Harold Meredith)
(movie, 1979)
···...And Justice for All.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Judge Francis Rayford)
(movie, 1979)
···Dreamer
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Harry)
(movie, 1979)
···The Champ
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Jackie)
(movie, 1979)
···Topper
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Cosmo Topper)
(movie, 1978)
···Death on the Nile
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Dr. Ludwig Bessner)
(movie, 1978)
···Heaven Can Wait
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Max Corkle)
(movie, 1976)
···All the President's Men
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Harry M. Rosenfeld)
(movie, 1974)
···Billy Two Hats
Genre: Romance, Western
Role: Actor (as Sheriff Henry Gifford)
(movie, 1974)
···Remember When
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joe Hodges)
(movie, 1974)
···The Godchild
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Dobbs)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Dawes)
(movie, 1971)
···Brian's Song
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Coach George Halas)
(movie, 1971)
···Summertree
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Herb)
(movie, 1971)
···The Face of Fear
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lieutenant George Coy)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Lieutenant Joe Burton)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Solomon F. Moses)
(movie, 1968)
···Bye Bye Braverman
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Barnet Weinstein)
(movie, 1965)
···Blindfold
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as General Prat)
(movie, 1963)
···Donovan's Reef
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. William Dedham)
(movie, 1962)
···Escape from Zahrain
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Huston)
(movie, 1960)
···Wake Me When It's Over
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington)
(movie, 1959)
···That Kind of Woman
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as George Kelly)
(movie, 1958)
···Darby's Rangers
Genre: War, Drama, Action
Role: Actor (as MSgt. Saul Rosen · Narrator)
(movie, 1958)
···Run Silent Run Deep
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Yeoman 1st Class Mueller)
(movie, 1957)
···12 Angry Men
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Juror 7)
(movie, 1953)
···From Here to Eternity
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Cpl. Buckley)