Warden in the 1950s
|Born||John Warden Lebzelter, Jr.
September 18, 1920
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||July 19, 2006
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Renal failure|
|Other names||Jack Lebzelter
Jack Warden Lebzelter
|Spouse(s)||Vanda Dupre (1958–2006, separated in the 1970s, never divorced); 1 child|
Jack Warden (September 18, 1920 – July 19, 2006) was an American character actor of film and television. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He received a BAFTA nomination for the former movie and won an Emmy for his performance in Brian's Song (1971).
He was of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) and Irish ancestry. Reared in Louisville, Kentucky, he was expelled from high school for fighting and eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello. He fought in 13 bouts as a welterweight, but earned little money.
World War II
In 1941, he joined the United States Merchant Marine but he quickly tired of the long convoy runs, and in 1942 he moved to the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, with the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. In 1944, on the eve of the D-Day invasion (in which many of his friends would die), Warden, now a Staff Sergeant, shattered his leg when he landed in a tree during a night-time practice jump in England. He spent almost eight months in the hospital recuperating, during which time he read a Clifford Odets play and decided to become an actor. Ironically, Warden would later portray a paratrooper from the 101st Rivals-the 82nd Airborne Division in That Kind of Woman.
After leaving the military, he moved to New York City and studied acting on the G.I. Bill. He joined the company of the Dallas Alley Theatre and performed on stage for five years. In 1948 he made his television debut on the anthology series, The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One. His first film role, uncredited, was in the 1951 film You're in the Navy Now, a film which also featured the screen debuts of Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson.
Warden appeared in his first credited film role in the 1951 in The Man with My Face. From 1952 to 1955, Warden appeared in the television series Mr. Peepers with Wally Cox. In 1953, Warden was cast as a sympathetic corporal in From Here to Eternity. Warden's breakthrough film role was his performance as Juror No. 7, a salesman who wants a quick decision in a murder case, in 12 Angry Men.
Warden guest-starred on many television series over the years, including two 1960 episodes of NBC's The Outlaws, on Marilyn Maxwell's ABC drama series, Bus Stop, and on David Janssen's ABC drama, The Fugitive. 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.
Warden was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait. He also had notable roles in Bye Bye Braverman, All the President's Men, ...And Justice for All, Being There, Used Cars (in which he played dual roles), The Verdict, Problem Child and its sequel, as well as While You Were Sleeping, Guilty as Sin and the Norm Macdonald comedy Dirty Work. His final film was The Replacements in 2000, opposite Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves.
Personal life and death
Warden married French actress Vanda Dupre in 1958 and had one son, Christopher. Although they separated in the 1970s, the couple never divorced.
Warden suffered from declining health in his last years which resulted in his retirement from acting in 2000. He died of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital on July 19, 2006, at the age of 85.
|1950||The Asphalt Jungle||Bit Role||Uncredited|
|1951||The Man with My Face||Walt Davis|
|1953||From Here to Eternity||Corporal Buckley|
|1957||Edge of the City||Charles Malik||Alternate title: A Man Is Ten Feet Tall|
|1957||The Bachelor Party||Eddie Watkins, the Bachelor|
|1957||12 Angry Men||Juror No. 7|
|1958||Run Silent, Run Deep||Yeoman 1st Class Mueller|
|1958||Darby's Rangers||Master Sergeant Saul Rosen|
|1959||The Sound and the Fury||Ben Compson|
|1959||That Kind of Woman||George Kelly|
|1960||Wake Me When It's Over||Dave "Doc" Farrington|
|1961||The Lawbreakers||Captain/Acting Police Commissioner Matthew Gower||Film adaptation of the The Asphalt Jungle television episode "The Lady and the Lawyer"|
|1962||Escape from Zahrain||Huston|
|1963||Donovan's Reef||Doctor William Dedham|
|1964||The Thin Red Line||First Sergeant Welsh|
|1968||Bye Bye Braverman||Barnet Weinstein|
|1971||Welcome to the Club||General Strapp|
|1973||The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing||Dawes|
|1974||The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz||Max|
|1974||Billy Two Hats||Sherriff Henry Gifford|
|1975||Shampoo||Lester Karpf||First Academy Award nomination|
|1976||All the President's Men||Harry M. Rosenfeld|
|1977||The White Buffalo||Charlie Zane|
|1977||Raid on Entebbe||Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur|
|1978||Death on the Nile||Doctor Ludwig Bessner|
|1978||Heaven Can Wait||Max Corkle||Second Academy Award nomination|
|1979||Beyond the Poseidon Adventure||Harold Meredith|
|1979||Being There||President "Bobby" of the United States|
|1979||...And Justice for All||Judge Francis Rayford|
|1980||Used Cars||Roy L. Fuchs
|1981||The Great Muppet Caper||Mr. Tarkenian, the News Editor|
|1981||Chu Chu and the Philly Flash||The Commander|
|1981||Carbon Copy||Nelson Longhurst|
|1981||So Fine||Jack Fine|
|1982||The Verdict||Mickey Morrissey|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||Owl|
|1986||The Cosmic Eye||Rocko||Voice|
|1988||Dead Solid Perfect||Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly|
|1988||The Presidio||Sergeant Major Ross Maclure|
|1990||Everybody Wins||Judge Harry Murdoch|
|1990||Problem Child||"Big" Ben Healy|
|1991||Problem Child 2||"Big" Ben Healy|
|1992||Passed Away||Jack Scanlan|
|1992||Night and the City||Al Grossman|
|1992||Toys||Old General Zevo|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||Moe|
|1994||Bullets over Broadway||Julian Marx|
|1995||Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead||Joe Heff|
|1995||Problem Child 3: Junior in Love||"Big" Ben Healy|
|1995||While You Were Sleeping||Saul|
|1997||The Island on Bird Street||Boruch|
|1998||Chairman of the Board||Armand McMillan|
|1999||A Dog of Flanders||Jehan Daas|
|2000||The Replacements||Edward O'Neil|
|1952||Tales of Tomorrow||Steve||1 episode|
|1952||Mr. Peepers||Chicago Cabbie||1 episode|
|1953||The Campbell Playhouse||1 episode|
|1953||Man Against Crime||Deck Hand||2 episodes|
|1954-55||Kraft Television Theatre||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1954-55||Studio One||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1955||Justice||Two roles||"Flight from Fear" and "Save Me Now"|
|1956||The Alcoa Hour||Frank Doran||1 episode|
|1956||Climax!||Lieutenant Ravenna||"Flame-Out in T-6"|
|1958-59||Playhouse 90||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1959||Five Fingers||Fitzgerald||"The Moment of Truth"|
|1959-60||Bonanza||Mike Wilson||"The Paiute War"|
|1959-60||The Twilight Zone||James A. Corry
"The Mighty Casey"
|1959-60||The Untouchables||Larry Halloran
|The George 'Bugs' Moran Story
The Otto Frick Story
|1960||The Outlaws||2 episodes|
|1961||Route 66||Adam Darcy||The Clover Throne|
|Checkmate||Farrell||"Between Two Guns"|
|Bus Stop||Joe Harrison||"Accessory by Consent"|
|The Asphalt Jungle||Deputy Police Commissioner Matthew Gower||13 episodes|
|1962||Naked City||Cornelius Daggett||"Face of the Enemy"|
|Naked City||Steve Lollo||"The King of Venus Will Take Care of You"|
|Naked City||Sam Langen||"The Spectre of the Rose Street Gang"|
|Target: The Corruptors||Jerry Skala||"The Organizers, Parts 1 and 2"|
|Tales of Wells Fargo||Brad Axton||"The Traveler"|
|Route 66||Sandor Biro||"Feat of Strength"|
|Going My Way||Carl Wiczinski||"Not Good Enough for Mary"|
|1963||Route 66||Major Barbon||"Two Strangers and an Old Enemy"|
|77 Sunset Strip||Max Eames||"Flight 307"|
|1964||Breaking Point||Carlo Scotti||"No Squares in My Family Circle"|
|1964||The Great Adventure||Latham||1 episode|
|1964||Bewitched||Rex Barker||"It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Ernie Duffy||1 episode|
|1966||The Wackiest Ship in the Army||Major Simon Butcher||29 episodes|
|1967||The Fugitive||Alex Patton||"Concrete Evidence"|
|1967||The Invaders||Barney Cahill||1 episode|
|1967-69||N.Y.P.D.||Lieutenant Mike Haines||49 episodes|
|1971||The Face of Fear||Lieutenant George Coy||Television film|
|1971||Brian's Song||George Halas||ABC Movie of the Week|
|1972||What's a Nice Girl Like You...?||Lieutenant Burton||ABC Movie of the Week|
|1972||Lieutenant Schuster's Wife||Captain Patrick Lonergan||Television film|
|1973||Wheeler and Murdoch||Sam Wheeler||Television film|
|1974||The Godchild||Sergeant Dobbs||Television film|
|1975||Journey from Darkness||Fred Hartman||Television film|
|1976||Jigsaw John||"Jigsaw" John St. John||15 episodes|
|1979-80||The Bad News Bears||Morris Buttermaker||23 episodes|
|1983||Hobson's Choice||Henry Horatio Hobson||Television film|
|1984||Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues||Mark Twain||Television film|
|1984-86||Crazy Like a Fox||Harrison "Harry" Fox, Sr.||35 episodes|
|1987||Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War||J. Edgar Hoover||Television film|
|1988||Police Story: The Watch Commander||Joe Wilson||Television film|
|1989||Knight & Daye||Hank Knight||1 episode|
|1990||Judgment||Claude Fortier||Television film|
|1995||Problem Child 3: Junior in Love||Big Ben||Television film|
|1997||Ink||Timothy Logan||1 episode|
|1999||The Norm Show||Harry||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1972||Emmy Award||Won||Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama||Brian's Song|
|1985||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Crazy Like a Fox|
|1986||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Crazy Like a Fox|
|1976||Academy Award||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Shampoo|
|1979||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Heaven Can Wait|
|1976||BAFTA Award||Best Supporting Actor||Shampoo|
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