A veteran character actor, Joe Mantell made his mark with an Oscar-nominated performance in the classic "Marty" (1955), a noted "buddy" role that he reprised from the celebrated 1953 television play b...
Mantell, best known for his roles in Marty and Chinatown, passed away at the Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California on Wednesday (29Sep10) after a long illness.
The actor racked up more than 70 film and TV credits throughout his long running career and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1956 for his famous role in Marty opposite Ernest Borgnine, who picked up an Oscar for his part in the movie.
Mantell returned to prominence with his role in 1974's Chinatown, playing Jack Nicholson's police partner and uttering the film's famous last line, "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
He reprised his role in the 1990 sequel, The Two Jakes, which was directed by Nicholson
Mantell also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds as well as numerous famous TV shows, including Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ironside and The Twilight Zone.
He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Jeannie and Cathy, and son Robert. A private funeral service will be held on Sunday (03Oct10).
Had a recurring role as Ernie Briggs on "Pete and Gladys" (CBS)
Performed on Broadway in the musical, "Buttrio Square"
Played Jack Nicholson's partner in "Chinatown"
Made his big screen debut as a newsboy in Joseph H. Lewis' "The Undercover Man"
Made TV debut as Angie in Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty," presented on "The Goodyear Playhouse" (NBC)
Received an Academy Award nomination when he reprised his role as Angie, the best friend of Ernest Borgnine, in the film version of "Marty"
Appeared in several episodes of "Mannix" (CBS) as Albie Luce
Appeared in the film, "Barbary Pirate"
Had a small role in the film, "Movers & Shakers"
Co-starred with Jerry Lewis in the film, "The Sad Sack"
Appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
Played the lead in "Guilty Witness" on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS)
Played Joey in the CBS political docudrama miniseries, "Blind Ambition"
Reprised role, opposite Jack Nicholson, for the "Chinatown" sequel, "The Two Jakes"
A veteran character actor, Joe Mantell made his mark with an Oscar-nominated performance in the classic "Marty" (1955), a noted "buddy" role that he reprised from the celebrated 1953 television play by Paddy Chayefsky. The late 1950s and early 1960s were Mantell's busiest period in features, with roles in "Storm Center" (1956), "The Sad Sack" and "Beau James" (1957); he also contributed a memorable bit as a traveling salesman in Alfred Hitchcock's chilling "The Birds" (1963). Later in his career, Mantell made a notable impression playing Lawrence Walsh, an associate of Jack Nicholson's Jake Gittes in Roman Polanski's neo-noir, "Chinatown" (1974), as well as in the Nicholson-directed sequel, "The Two Jakes" (1990). The actor passed away on Sept. 28, 2010 at the age of 94.