Jack Warden

Actor, Boxer
Gruff, engaging character actor whose craggy-face and distinctive bass voice are known to two generations for his ubiquitous presence as a supporting character in a number of memorable film and TV roles. Usually cast as ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1920 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

The Replacements 2000 (Movie)

Edward O'Neil (Actor)

A Dog of Flanders 1999 (Movie)

Jehan Dass (Actor)

The Island on Bird Street 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Norm Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Eddie Davers (Actor)

Chairman of the Board 1998 (Movie)

Armand (Actor)

Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

Pops (Actor)

Ed 1996 (Movie)

Chubb (Actor)

The Island on Bird Street 1996 (Movie)

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Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Tiresias (Actor)

Problem Child 3: Junior in Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Joe Heff (Actor)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

Saul (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Julian Marx (Actor)

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

Moe (Actor)

Partners 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

Al Grossman (Actor)

Passed Away 1992 (Movie)

Jack Scanlan (Actor)

Toys 1992 (Movie)

Zevo Sr (Actor)

Problem Child 2 1991 (Movie)

"Big" Ben Healy (Actor)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

Judge Harry Murdoch (Actor)

Problem Child 1990 (Movie)

Big Ben (Actor)

Knight & Daye 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Watch Commander 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

Sergeant Major Ross Maclure (Actor)

September 1987 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Crazy Like a Fox 1984 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Aviator 1985 (Movie)

Moravia (Actor)

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

Garvey (Actor)

Hobson's Choice 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

Mickey Morrissey (Actor)

Carbon Copy 1981 (Movie)

Nelson Longhurst (Actor)

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 (Movie)

Commander (Actor)

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

Jack Fine (Actor)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Editor (Actor)

The Bad News Bears 1978 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Topper 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Luke Fuchs (Actor)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

Judge Rayford (Actor)

Being There 1979 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Harold Meredith (Actor)

The Champ 1979 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

Dr Bessner (Actor)

Dreamer 1978 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Max Corkle (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Harry Rosenfeld (Actor)

Jigsaw John 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

Charlie Zane (Actor)

Shampoo 1975 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Billy Two Hats 1973 (Movie)

Gifford (Actor)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1973 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Man on a String 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Face of Fear 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 1972 (Movie)

Dawes (Actor)

Robert Young and the Family 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Summertree 1970 (Movie)

Herb (Actor)

The Sporting Club 1970 (Movie)

Earl Olive (Actor)

Welcome to the Club 1970 (Movie)

General Strapp (Actor)

Bye Bye Braverman 1968 (Movie)

Barnet Weiner (Actor)

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Blindfold 1965 (Movie)

General Pratt (Actor)

Donovan's Reef 1963 (Movie)

Dr Deham (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1963 (Movie)

1st Sgt Welsh (Actor)

Escape From Zahrain 1962 (Movie)

Huston (Actor)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

Doc Farrington (Actor)

That Kind of Woman 1959 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

The Sound and the Fury 1959 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Run Silent, Run Deep 1958 (Movie)

Mueller (Actor)

12 Angry Men 1957 (Movie)

7th Juror (Actor)

Darby's Rangers 1957 (Movie)

Master Sergeant Saul Rosen (Actor)

The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Lark 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

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Edge of the City 1956 (Movie)

Charles Malik (Actor)

Mr. Peepers 1951 - 1955 (TV Show)

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From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Cpl Buckley (Actor)

Red Ball Express 1952 (Movie)

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U.S.S. Tea Kettle 1950 (Movie)

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A Memory of Two Mondays (TV Show)

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A Private Battle (TV Show)

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Dead Solid Perfect (TV Show)

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Ink (TV Show)

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Journey From Darkness (TV Show)

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Judgment (TV Show)

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Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV Show)

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Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

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Remember When (TV Show)

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Still Crazy Like a Fox (TV Show)

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The Blue Men (TV Show)

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The Frogmen (Movie)

Crew Member (Actor)

The Godchild (TV Show)

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The Man with My Face (Movie)

Walt Davis (Actor)

The Three Kings (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

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They Only Come Out at Night (TV Show)

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Three Wishes For Jamie (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Gruff, engaging character actor whose craggy-face and distinctive bass voice are known to two generations for his ubiquitous presence as a supporting character in a number of memorable film and TV roles. Usually cast as the heavy, and later in more comedic turns, Warden has enjoyed a long and productive career. Before embarking on acting, Warden was by age 17 a ranked professional middleweight prizefighter. He served in World War II as a paratrooper and it was while recovering from an injury suffered in a jump that Warden began reading plays and decided to try acting. He moved to New York after his discharge and while working as a lifeguard at a New York hotel pool happened to meet Margo Jones, manager of the celebrated Dallas Alley Theater. Jones invited Warden to join the company and he ended up serving a five-year apprenticeship. Returning to New York, Warden was soon cast in Broadway productions of "Golden Boy", "Sing Me No Lullaby", "Picnic" and "Cages", among others.

Warden made his screen debut in "U.S.S. Hathaway/You're in the Navy Now" (1951), a slight military comedy that marked the debut of two other actors who would also enjoy long screen careers, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson (here billed as Charles Buchinsky). In many of his other early films, Warden often played hard-boiled military types but he also made his mark as one of a group of urban white collars workers trapped by life in the emotionally affecting "Bachelor Party" (1957) and, as the impatient juror, in the well-remembered courtroom drama "Twelve Angry Men" (both 1957). In Sidney Lumet's directing debut, "Edge of the City" (also 1957), he delivered a gritty performance as a ruthless hiring boss on the New York waterfront.

Warden worked steadily in TV and film throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, gradually developing a talent for vulgar comedic roles. Some of the more memorable performances were in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973) as a scruffy outlaw, as the cab-driving pimping father in the Canadian produced comedy "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1974), as a hard-nosed editor in "All The President's Men" (1976), and as a garment district hustler in "So Fine" (1981). For his supporting work in two Warren Beatty vehicles, "Shampoo" (1975), where he played a philandering husband, and in "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) as a blustering football coach, Warden picked up Oscar nominations.

Warden enjoyed an extensive career on the small screen beginning in TV's "Golden Age". He appeared in countless TV dramas, movies, miniseries and was the star of numerous weekly series beginning with a two- year stint as a regular on "Mr. Peepers". Warden frequently played detectives in series TV, among them, the complex crime solver "Jigsaw John" (1976), a plain clothes veteran in "N.Y.P.D." (1967-69), and a con man turned private investigator in "Crazy Like a Fox" (1984-86). Though Warden often got starring billing in his later work, he remained the quintessential supporting character. Having previously acted in Woody Allen's misfire drama, "September" (1987), Warden showed up as a respected theater producer in Allen's decidedly lighter comedy, "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994).

Relationships

Jack Warden Lebselter

Father

Laura M Lebselter

Mother

Christopher Warden

Son

Dupree Warden

Wife
married in 1958

EDUCATION

attended high school in Louisville, Kentucky

Milestones

1985

Debut in a TV miniseries, "A.D."

1970

Star of TV movie, "What's a Nice Girl Like You...?"

1961

Star of short-lived TV series, "The Asphalt Jungle"

1955

Debut in a live TV drama, "The Petrified Forest"

1953

TV debut as a series regular, "Mr. Peepers"

1951

Film acting debut in "You're In the Navy Now/USS Teakettle"; also debut film for Lee Marvin and Charles Buchinski (Bronson)

1943

Broke a leg during a practice jump while preparing for the Normandy invasion in England; began reading plays while recuperating and, upon discharge, joined the Alley Theater in Dallas

Star of TV series, "Knight & Daye"

Regular on adventure TV series, "Gallagher"

Star of children's TV comedy series, "The Bad News Bears"

Appeared in anthology TV series of the early 1950s including "The Armstrong Circle Theater" and "Danger"

Star of TV detective series, "Crazy Like A Fox"

Moved to New York; gained attention for Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and "A View from the Bridge"; also did live TV work

Star of detective TV series, "Jigsaw John"

Regular on detective TV series, "N.Y.P.D."

Enlisted in the Navy aged 17

Star of adventure TV series, "The Wackiest Ship in the Army"

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