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Jack Warden Overview:

Character actor, Jack Warden, was born John H. Lebzelter on Sep 18, 1920 in Newark, NJ. Warden died at the age of 85 on Jul 19, 2006 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.

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Jack Warden was an ebullient American actor whose forceful personality and barking tones first brought him to the forefront as one of the jurors in "12 Angry Men". He was a top featured actor after that, often third or fourth on the cast list, but rarely the villain. In his later career, he took to playing eccentrics, sometimes apoplectic senior officials. He was unlucky in the 1970's when two good TV pilots failed to lead to successful series. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his work in "Shampoo" and "Heaven Can Wait".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Warden was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1978Best Supporting ActorHeaven Can Wait (1943)Max CorkleNominated
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Jack Warden Quotes:

Juror #7: You a Yankee fan?
Juror #5: No, Baltimore.
Juror #7: Baltimore? That's like being hit in the head with a crow bar once a day.


MSgt. Saul Rosen: [Rangers are creeping through enemy territory, in a very thick ground fog] This was the low, clinging kind of fog I used to see when I was hunting duck out on Long Island... Now I know how the duck felt.


Angelo Maggio: I just hate to see a good guy get it in the gut.
Cpl. Buckley: You better get used to it, kid. You'll probably see a lot of it before you die.


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Jack Warden Facts
Separated from wife Vanda Dupre some time in the mid 1970s. However, they never got divorced and were still legally married at the time of his death.

Boxed as a welterweight under the name "Johnny Costello" in his youth.

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)

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