Jack Gilford

Actor, Vaudevillian
Oscar-nominated comedic actor Jack Gilford got his start performing at nightclub amateur nights in the 1930s. There he developed a keen comedic timing and was known for his rubber-faced antics, pantomimes, and ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1908 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Auntie Sue 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

Mr Butterworth (Actor)

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Bernie Lefkowitz (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Bernie Lefkowitz (Actor)

Day-to-Day Affairs 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Duck Factory 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Associates 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Caveman 1981 (Movie)

Gog (Actor)

Heaven on Earth 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Cheaper to Keep Her 1980 (Movie)

Stanley Bracken (Actor)

Wholly Moses! 1980 (Movie)

Tailor (Actor)

Apple Pie 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Hickey vs. Anybody 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Seventh Avenue 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Don't Call Us 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Mischa (Actor)

Friends and Lovers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Twigs 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Once Upon a Mattress 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Save the Tiger 1973 (Movie)

Phil Greene (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 1 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

Peabody (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Doc Daneeka (Actor)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1968 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Arsenic and Old Lace 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

Mr Foreman (Actor)

The Incident 1967 (Movie)

Sam Beckerman (Actor)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 (Movie)

Hysterium (Actor)

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

Izzy Schwartz (Actor)

Who's Minding the Mint? 1966 (Movie)

Avery Dugan (Actor)

The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)

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Hey, Rookie 1944 (Movie)

Specialty (Actor)

Die Fledermaus (TV Show)

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Happy (Movie)

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Hostage Flight (TV Show)

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Hotel (TV Show)

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Max (Movie)

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Of Thee I Sing (TV Show)

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The David Frost Revue (TV Show)

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Young Again (TV Show)

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Biography

Oscar-nominated comedic actor Jack Gilford got his start performing at nightclub amateur nights in the 1930s. There he developed a keen comedic timing and was known for his rubber-faced antics, pantomimes, and impressions. Though he had broken into film and television by the 1940s, his career was stunted in the 1950s when Gilford's outspoken tendencies on politics drew the attention of show biz career killers, the House Un-American Activities Committee (or HUAC). Both Gilford and his wife, actress Madeline Lee Gilford, were blacklisted as a result, and so they struggled to find work throughout the '50s. But as the decade drew to a close, so did the McCarthy Era, and by 1963, Gilford and another former blacklisted actor Zero Mostel were on Broadway in the wildly popular Rome-set farce "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". The pair reprised their roles in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in 1966, earning the once-ostracized Gilford much deserved praise. In 1973, Gilford garnered an Oscar nod for his role opposite Jack Lemmon in the struggling businessman drama "Save the Tiger". Gilford went on to appear regularly in television, commercials, and films including a memorable role as the pessimistic Bernie in the touching science fiction drama "Cocoon". However, after a three-year struggle with stomach cancer, Gilford died at the age of 81. His son Joe scripted a play about his parents' Red Scare experiences titled "FINKS", which centers on the tragedy of the Gilfords' blacklisting.

Relationships

Joe Gilford

Son
married to singer Mary Cleere Haran

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