Jesse White

Actor, Vaudevillian, Salesman
Often remembered as one of the iconic Maytag Repairmen from the long-running ad campaign, Jesse White first took to the stage in an amateur production at 15. He eventually worked his way up from vaudeville and burlesque ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1918 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Burke's Law 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

Mr Spector (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

Ben Bernstein (Actor)

Inspector Gadget 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

Pandamonium 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

The Plant Family 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cat From Outer Space 1978 (Movie)

Ernest Ernie (Actor)

Homer and the Wacky Donut Machine 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

New Girl in Town 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville Girl 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Yogi's Gang 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Las Vegas Lady 1974 (Movie)

Big Jake (Actor)

Return to Campus 1974 (Movie)

Sports Announcer (Actor)

Harvey 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brothers O'Toole 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bless The Beasts & Children 1971 (Movie)

Shecker's Father (Actor)

George M! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Petticoat Junction 1963 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reluctant Astronaut 1966 (Movie)

Donelli (Actor)

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

Fess Dorple (Actor)

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1965 (Movie)

J. Sinister Hulk (Actor)

Dear Brigitte 1964 (Movie)

Argyle (Actor)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The House Next Door 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

Rafferty (Actor)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Radio Tower Operator (Actor)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

J Sinister Hulk (Actor)

The Ann Sothern Show 1958 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Only Money 1961 (Movie)

Pete Flint (Actor)

On the Double 1961 (Movie)

Colonel Joseph Praeger (Actor)

Sail a Crooked Ship 1961 (Movie)

McDonald (Actor)

Tomboy and the Champ 1961 (Movie)

Windy Skiles (Actor)

A Fever in the Blood 1960 (Movie)

Mickey Beers (Actor)

Another Day, Another Dollar 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond 1960 (Movie)

Leo Brenner (Actor)

The Time Element 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music Holiday 1958 (Movie)

Sonny Moon (Actor)

Marjorie Morningstar 1958 (Movie)

Lou Michaelson (Actor)

Designing Woman 1957 (Movie)

Charlie Arneg (Actor)

God Is My Partner 1957 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Johnny Trouble 1957 (Movie)

Parsons (Actor)

Private Secretary 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage Broker 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

He Laughed Last 1956 (Movie)

Max Lassiter (Actor)

The Bad Seed 1956 (Movie)

Emory (Actor)

The Come On 1956 (Movie)

J J McGonigle (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Ben Cosgrove (Actor)

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

Pit Boss (Actor)

Witness to Murder 1954 (Movie)

Eddie Vincent (Actor)

Forever Female 1953 (Movie)

Willie Wolfe (Actor)

Gunsmoke 1953 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

Georgie Markham (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bedtime For Bonzo 1950 (Movie)

Babcock (Actor)

Harvey 1950 (Movie)

Marvin Wilson (Actor)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

Elevator Starter (Actor)

Devlin (TV Show)

Voice

Of Thee I Sing (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Often remembered as one of the iconic Maytag Repairmen from the long-running ad campaign, Jesse White first took to the stage in an amateur production at 15. He eventually worked his way up from vaudeville and burlesque to legitimate theater, and by 1943, he was on Broadway as a brusque sanitarium orderly in the fantasy-infused drama "Harvey", which centers on a man whose best friend is an invisible 6-foot-tall rabbit. When the hit play was adapted into a film seven years later, White reprised his role and worked opposite movie mega star James Stewart. Between the play and the film, White was now a recognizable talent in Hollywood, and he went on to appear in a string of films before breaking into television with a variety of one-off roles. White would ultimately appear in 160 TV and film productions over a career that spanned five decades, but it was his part as the perennially bored Maytag Repairman for which White became best known. White was offered the role of the unneeded Repairman after an ad exec saw his deadpan comedy bit as a monotone-speaking yet cantankerous janitor in the 1967 Don Knotts/Leslie Nielsen space program comedy "The Reluctant Astronaut". The next year White became the face of Maytag and went on to reprise the role of the loveable and lonely mascot in ads until 1988, after which he became a Maytag consultant. White worked steadily in TV and film until his death from a heart attack in 1997.

Relationships

Celia Cohn

Wife

Janet Jonas

Daughter

Carole White

Daughter
played Rosie Greenbaum on "Laverne & Shirley"

Al White

Brother

Sid White

Brother

Milestones

1996

Last TV appearance on NBC series "Seinfeld"

1993

Final film role in "Matinee"

1969

Returned to Broadway in a revival of "Harvey" co-starring Helen Hayes and James Stewart

1952

Starred in "Make Room for Daddy"

1950

Film acting debut in "Harvey"

1943

Performed in Mary Chase's play "Harvey"

1942

First role on Broadway

Performed on the "That Girl"

Appeared in commercials as the "Maytag Repairman"

Professional stage debut in 1940s

Stage debut at age 15

Worked on the "Ann Southern Show"

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