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Jack Warden

Mostly Credited As: Jack Warden
Birth Name: John H. Lebzelter
Date Of Birth: September 18, 1920 (Age 85)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey
Date Of Death: July 19, 2006
Cause Of Death: Heart & Kidney Failure (New York, New York)
Height: 5' 10 " (1.77 m)

Jack Warden


Jack Warden was born John H. Lebzelter (German for "honey-cake baker") on September 18, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey to Jack Warden Lebzelter and his wife, Laura M. Lebzelter. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 17, young Jack Lebzelter was expelled from Louisville's Du Pont Manuel High School for repeatedly fighting. Good with his fists, he turned professional, boxing as a welterweight under the name 'Johnny Costello'. The purses were poor, so he soon left the ring and worked as a bouncer at a night club. He also worked as a lifeguard before signing up with the U.S. Navy in 1938. He served in China for with the Yangtzee River Patrol for the best part of his three year hitch before joining the Merchant Marine in 1941. Though the Merchant Marine paid better than the Navy, Warden was dissatisfied with his life aboard ship on the long convoy runs and quit in 1942 in order to enlist in the U.S. Army. He became a paratrooper with the elite 101st Airborne Division, and missed the June 1944 invasion of Normandy due to a leg badly broken by landing on a fence during a nighttime practice jump shortly before the D-Day. Many of his comrades lost their lives during the Normandy invasion, but the future Jack Warden was spared that ordeal. Recuperating from his injuries, he read a play by Clifford Odets given to him by a fellow soldier who was an actor in civilian life. He was so moved by the play, he decided to become an actor after the war. After recovering from his badly shattered leg, Warden saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, Nazi Germany's last major offensive. He was demobilized with the rank of sergeant and decided to pursue an acting career on the G.I. Bill. He moved to New York City to attend acting school, then joined the company of the Dallas Alley Theater in 1947 as a professional actor, taking his father's middle name as his surname. This repertory company run by Margo Jones became famous in the 1940s and '50s producing 'Tennesse Williams' 's plays. The experience gave him a valuable grounding in both classic and contemporary drama, and he shuttled between Texas and New York for five years as he was in demand as an actor. Warden made his television debut in 1948, though he continued to perform on stage (he appeared in a stage production in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. After several years in small, local productions, he made both his Broadway debut in the 1952 Broadway revival of Odets' "Golden Boy", and three years later originated the role of Marco in the original Broadway production of Miller's "A View From the Bridge." On film, he and fellow World War Two veterans Lee Marvin (Marine Corps, South Pacific) made their debut in You're in the Navy Now (a.k.a. "U.S.S. Teakettle"), uncredited, along with with fellow vet Charles Bronson, then billed as "Charles Buchinsky". With his athletic physique, he was routinely cast in bit parts as soldiers (including the sympathetic barracks-mate of Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra in the Oscar-winning From Here to Eternity. He played the coach on TV's "Mr. Peepers" with 'Wally Cox' .

Aside from "From Here to Eternity' (The Best Picture Oscar winner for 1953) other famous roles in the 1950s included Juror #7 (a disinterested salesman who wants a quick conviction to get the trial over with) in "Twelve Angry Men" - a film that proved to be his career breakthrough - the bigoted foreman in "Edge of the City" and one of the submariners commended by Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster in the World War Two drama "Run Silent Run Deep". In 1959, Warden capped off the decade with a memorable appearance in "The Twilight Zone" episode "The Lonely" in the series premier year of 1959. As James Corry, Warden created a sensitive portrayal of a convicted felon marooned on an asteroid, sentenced to serve a lifetime sentence, who falls in love with a robot. It was a character quite different from his role as Juror #7. In the 1960s and early 70s, his most memorable work was on television playing a detective in The Asphalt Jungle, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, and "N.Y.P.D." He opened up the decade of the 1970s by winning an Emmy Award playing football coach George Halas in "Brian's Song", the highly-rated and acclaimed TV movie based on Gale Sayers's memoir "I Am Third." He appeared again as a detective in the TV series "Jigsaw John" in the mid-1970s, "The Bad News Bears" and appeared in a pilot for a planned revival of 'Topper' in 1979. His collaboration with Warren Beatty in two 1970s films brought him to the summit of his career as he displayed a flair for comedy in both Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait. As the faintly sinister businessman Lester and as the perpetually befuddled football trainer Max Corkle, Warden received Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. Other memorable roles in the period were as the metro news editor of the "Washington Post" in "All the President's Men", the German doctor in "Death on the Nile", the senile, gun-toting judge in "...And Justice for All", the President of the United States in in "Being There", the twin car salesmen in "Used Cars" and 'Paul Newman' 's law partner in "The Verdict". This was the peak of Warden's career, as he entered his early sixties. He single-handedly made 'Andrew Bergman So Fine watchable, but after that film, the quality of his roles declined. He made a third stab at TV, again appearing as a detective in "Crazy as a Fox" in the mid-1980s. He played the shifty convenience store owner Big Ben in Problem Child and its two sequels, a role unworthy of his talent, but he shone again as the Broadway high-roller Julian Marx in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. After appearing in Beatty's Bulworth, Warden's last film was "The Replacements" in 2000. He then lived in retirement in New York City with his girlfriend, Marucha Hinds. He was married to French stage actress Vanda Dupre, best known for her role as the object of Joe Besser's object desire in the 'Three Stooges' short "Fifi Blows Her Top". She gave up her career after marriage. They had one son, Christopher, but separated several years ago.

Jack Warden
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Knight & Daye (1989)As: Hank Knight
Alice in Wonderland (1985)As: Owl
A.D. (1985)As: Nerva
Crazy Like A Fox (1984)As: Harrison Fox Sr.
The Bad News Bears (1979)As: Morris Buttermaker
Jigsaw John (1976)As: "Jigsaw" John St. John
NYPD (1967)As: Det. Lt. Mike Haines
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965)As: Maj. Simon Butcher
The Asphalt Jungle (1961)As: Deputy Commissioner Matt Gower
Norby (1955)As: Bobo
Mister Peepers (1952)As: Coach
Episode Cast Credits 

Norm (1999) 
  Norm Dates Danny's Dad 01x03: (Apr/07/1999) As Harry 

Ink (1996) 
  The Fighting Irish 01x17: (Apr/07/1997) As Timothy Logan 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 24th Annual Emmy Awards 24x01: (May/06/1972) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama (for 'Brian's Song') 

The Invaders (1967) 
  The Ivy Curtain 01x11: (Mar/21/1967) As Barney Cahill 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Concrete Evidence 04x18: (Jan/24/1967) As Alex Patton 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Miss Mary Lee McIntosh Story 08x20: (Feb/28/1965) As Daniel Delaney, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Martin Onyx Story 05x14: (Jan/03/1962) As Martin Onyx/Randolph Shaw, [Special Guest Stars]

The Virginian (1962) 
  Shadows of the Past 03x23: (Feb/24/1965) As John Conway 
  Throw a Long Rope 01x03: (Oct/03/1962) As Jubal Tatum 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  No Mother to Guide Them 04x19: (Feb/04/1965) As Ernie Duffy 

Slattery's People (1964) 
  Question: Is Laura the Name of the Game? 01x08: (Nov/09/1964) As Harry Tamiris 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Out of the Outskirts of Town 02x06: (Nov/06/1964) As Manny Garret 

Bewitched (1964) 
  It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog 01x03: (Oct/01/1964) As Rex Barker 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  The Watchman 01x26: (May/14/1964) As Jack Fleming 

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  Escape 01x25: (Apr/17/1964) As Latham 

Breaking Point (US) (1963) 
  No Squares in My Family Circle 01x20: (Feb/10/1964) As Carlo Scotti 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Two Strangers and an Old Enemy 04x01: (Sep/27/1963) As Major Barben 
  A Feat of Strength 02x30: (May/18/1962) As Sandor Biro 
  The Clover Throne 01x15: (Jan/27/1961) As Adam Darcey 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Flight 307 05x25: (Mar/29/1963) As Max Eames 

Naked City (1958) 
  Spectre of the Rose Street Gang 04x14: (Dec/19/1962) As Sam Langan 
  The King of Venus Will Take Care of You 03x30: (May/30/1962) As Steve Lollo 
  The Face of the Enemy 03x13: (Jan/03/1962) As Neil Daggett 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  I Hear America Singing 02x11: (Dec/10/1962) As O. B. Dodson 
  The Big Trouble with Charlie 01x17: (Jan/29/1962) As Dr. Charles Kozelka 

Going My Way (1962) 
  Not Good Enough for My Sister 01x07: (Nov/14/1962) As Carl Wiczinski 

Alcoa Premiere (1961) 
  Flashing Spikes 02x01: (Oct/04/1962) As Commissioner 

Target: The Corruptors (1961) 
  The Organizer (2) 01x33: (May/25/1962) As Jerry Skala 
  The Organizer (1) 01x32: (May/18/1962) As Jerry Skala 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  The Traveler 06x22: (Feb/24/1962) As Brad Axton 

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  Accessory by Consent 01x08: (Nov/19/1961) As Joe Harrison 

Checkmate (1960) 
  Between Two Guns 01x19: (Feb/11/1961) As Farrell 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Otto Frick Story 02x10: (Dec/22/1960) As Otto Frick, [Special Guest Stars]
  Head of Fire - Feet of Clay 01x27: (Apr/21/1960) As Frank Barber, [Special Guest Stars]
  The George "Bugs" Moran Story 01x04: (Nov/05/1959) As Lawrence "Larry" Halloran 

Outlaws (1960) (1960) 
  Starfall: Part 2 01x08: (Dec/01/1960) As Ollie 
  Starfall: Part 1 01x07: (Nov/24/1960) As Ollie 

Stagecoach West (1960) 
  A Fork in the Road 01x05: (Nov/01/1960) As Stacey Gibbs 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Mighty Casey 01x35: (Jun/17/1960) As Mouth McGarry 
  The Lonely 01x07: (Nov/13/1959) As James A. Corry 

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  Mervyn LeRoy 08x03: (Mar/02/1960) As Himself 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  Meeting at Appalachin 02x13: (Jan/22/1960) As Joe Rogarti 

Five Fingers (1959) 
  The Moment of Truth 01x03: (Oct/17/1959) As Fitzgerald 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Paiute War 01x04: (Oct/03/1959) As Mike Wilson 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Day Before Atlanta 03x27: (Apr/09/1959) As Jubal 
  The Blue Men 03x15: (Jan/15/1959) As Joe Cushing 
  Nightmare at Ground Zero 02x35: (May/15/1958) As Long 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  The Radio Music Hall Symphony 11x22: (Feb/23/1958) As Himself 

Suspicion (1957) 
  The Flight 01x09: (Nov/25/1957) As Haight 

The United States Steel Hour (1953) 
  Up Above the World So High 04x27: (Aug/28/1957) As **Unknown** 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Lark 06x04: (Feb/10/1957) As Robert de Beaudricourt 

Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956) 
  A Real Fine Cutting Edge 01x12: (Jan/15/1957) As Master Sergeant Willis Debb 

Climax! (1954) 
  Flame-Out on T-6 02x30: (May/17/1956) As Lieutenant Ravenna 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  The Mechanical Heart 08x05: (Nov/06/1955) As guest star 
  Shadow of the Champ 07x14: (Mar/20/1955) As guest star 
  The Touch of a Stranger 03x04: (Oct/01/1950) As guest star 
  The End is Known 02x33: (Apr/16/1950) As guest star 

Justice (1954) (1954) 
  Flight from Fear 03x03: (Oct/16/1955) As **Unknown** 
  Save Me Now 02x18: (Jan/13/1955) As **Unknown** 

Producers' Showcase (1954) 
  The Petrified Forest 01x11: (May/30/1955) As Boze Hertlinger 

Danger (1950) 
  The Piano 05x35: (Apr/26/1955) Voiced  Unknown 

Kraft Television Theatre (1953) (1953) 
  No Riders 02x29: (Apr/14/1955) As **Unknown** 

Alcoa Hour (1955) 
  Tragedy in a Temporary Town 01x10: (Feb/19/1955) As Frank Doran 

Studio One (1948) 
  A Stranger May Die 07x21: (Feb/07/1955) As Lieutenant Brown 
  U.F.O. 06x51: (Sep/06/1954) As Mike 
  Screwball 06x41: (Jun/28/1954) As Russ Adams 

Center Stage (1954) 
  Chivalry at Howling Creek 01x01: (Jun/01/1954) As **Unknown** 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Dr. Rainwater Goes A-Courtin' 07x35: (Apr/28/1954) As Dr. Rainwater 
  Dream House 07x10: (Nov/04/1953) As guest star 
  Old MacDonald Had a Curve 06x44: (Aug/05/1953) As guest star 
  Snooksie 06x21: (Feb/18/1953) As guest star 

Inner Sanctum (1954) 
  Man of Iron 01x13: (Apr/03/1954) As Mooney 

The Man Behind The Badge (1953) 
  The Portland, Oregon Story 01x02: (Oct/18/1953) As **Unknown** 

Campbell Playhouse (1952) 
  The Promise 01x10: (Sep/11/1953) As **Unknown** 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  The Corporal and the Lady 03x45: (Jul/16/1953) As Miller 
  The Brigadier 02x48: (Jul/21/1952) As Captain Giluley 
  Kelly 02x24: (Feb/04/1952) As Sgt. Stivers 
  The Blues Street 02x17: (Dec/17/1951) As Man 

Tales of Tomorrow (1951) 
  All the Time in the World 01x37: (Jun/13/1952) As Steve 
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