Richard Jaeckel Overview:

Character actor, Richard Jaeckel, was born Richard Hanley Jaeckel on Oct 10, 1926 in Long Beach, Long Island. Jaeckel died at the age of 70 on Jun 14, 1997 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.


Sturdy, baby-faced American actor, Richard Jaeckel, was plucked from the 20th Century-Fox mail room to portray a teenage soldier in Guadalcanal Diary (1943). Apart from serving in the U.S. Navy from mid-1944 to mid-1948, he predominantly played the role of the "tough guy". His star roles between 1952 and 1954 should perhaps have led to something better, but he was largely confined to soldiers and outlaws. He was nominated for an Oscar in Sometimes a Great Notion (1970).

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



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1971Best Supporting ActorSometimes a Great Notion (1970)Joe Ben StamperNominated

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Richard Jaeckel Quotes:

[Prince has been pretending to sleep in the lobby of the hotel where they're holding Ben Wade]
Charlie Prince: Any strangers come in town?
Hotel Proprietor-Bartender: Not since you went to sleep, sir.
Charlie Prince: I might as well go along. She won't come now.
Hotel Proprietor-Bartender: Who was you plannin' to meet?
Charlie Prince: My wife - she ran off with a travelin' man.
Hotel Proprietor-Bartender: She did?
Charlie Prince: That's why I've been sittin' up all night. I figgered he'd bring her here.
Hotel Proprietor-Bartender: Well, whaddaya know? Mine ran off, too. I wonder why they do that.
Charlie Prince: I don't know. I've always treated mine alright - never hit her too hard.

Major John Reisman: What do you think, Sergeant?
Sergeant Clyde Bowren: I think you'll do just fine, sir.
Major John Reisman: [emphatically] Don't give me that! I said what do you think?
Sergeant Clyde Bowren: I think the first chance one of those lovers gets, he's going to shoot the Major right in the head... sir.

Wade Matlock: In this country it's good manners to accept a man's liquer.
John Parrish: I don't drink.
Wade Matlock: You're a lier.

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Met actor Robert Blake while they were filming Town Without Pity (1961) and they became good friends, remaining close until the day Jaeckel died. Blake once said that Jaeckel was the only guy he had ever met who was "crazier than me".

His wife, Antoinette, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease shortly before his death.

Although Jaeckel was battling cancer, director Joe Dante had originally hoped that he would be able to return to work and provide the voice of Link Static for his project Small Soldiers (1998). This film reunited Jaeckel's fellow cast members from The Dirty Dozen (1967). Jaeckel died from his cancer before shooting began.

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