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Jack Albertson, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Albertson in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE.

Jack Albertson: Best Supporting Actor 1968: MovieActors.com

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THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES (Drama)

Jack Albertson won his Supporting Oscar for playing the angry, frustrated husband (of Patricia Neal) and father in THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES.













About Jack Albertson (1907 – 1981)

Jack Albertson was born on June 16, 1907, in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Russian, Jewish immigrants, Flora and Jack Albertson. Flora was a stock actress that worked in a shoe factory to help support her family. Jack had a sister, Mabel, who also became a thespian.

Jack Albertson was a talented character actor who enjoyed success on stage, in films and in television projects and series. Albertson was most comfortable in comedic roles, although he did dramatic parts also. Besides winning the Oscar for his performance in the film, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, Albertson also won the Tony for his performance in the Broadway production of it; a rare occurrence indeed.

Jack Albertson is one of three actors to win an Emmy;( CHICO AND THE MAN), a Tony, and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, as noted above.

Jack entered show business doing soft-shoe dancing in vaudville, and also was the straight man to Phil Silver on the Minskey's Burlesque circuit. Jack worked his way up to the Broadway stage, getting many plays and musicals under his belt.

In the late 40's, Jack added radio work to his resume. He was a regular guest on the Milton Burle Show, and even had his own radio program, the Jack Albertson Show.

Jack married the love of his life, Wallace Thompson on October 31st, 1952; a lifetime relationship. They had one child together.

Like many film actors that started on the Broadway stage, Jack Albertson made his film debut in 1954, in the picture, TOP BANANA, recreating the same part that he played in the Broadway production of the film.

The most remembered performance of Jack Albertson for many people was his portrayal of the character, Manny Rosen, in the star-studded, popular film, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, in 1972.

A veteran of burlesque, vaudville, and broadway, it is somewhat ironic that this talented performer is probably most recognizable to newer audiences for his Emmy-winning role, on the 1970's sitcom, CHICO AND THE MAN; playing the role of 'the Man'.

On February 28th, 1977, Jack Alberson was awarded a Star on the Walk of Fame, for his television performance contributions; at 6253 Hollywood Blvd.

On November 25, 1981, Jack Albertson passed away in Hollywood Hills, California, from colon cancer, with his wife by his side. He was diagnosed with it in 1978, but kept this illness from the public; working up to the end, and golfing, when the cancer went into temporary remission. "Actors need jobs too mucn. We can survive any kind of publicity but serious illness."

His ashes were scattered with his sister's ashes in the sea.

Jack Albertson's notable movie credits include...

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)
TOP BANANA (1954)
MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES (1957)
PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT (1962)
A TIGER WALKS (1964)
HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE (1965)
RABBIT RUN (1970)
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)
DEAD AND BURIED (1981)
THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981)
THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE (1982)

Jack Albertson's television credits include...

THE THIN MAN (TV Series 1957-1959)
ROOM FOR ONE MORE (TV Series 1962)
ENSIGN O'TOOLE (series) (1962-1963)
CHANGES (TV Movie) (1969)
CONGRATULATIONS, IT'S A BOY! (TV Movie) (1971)
CHICO AND THE MAN (series) (1974-1978)
GRANDPA GOES TO WASHINGTON (1978-1979)
MARRIAGE IS ALIVE AND WELL (1980)
CHARLIE AND THE BALLOON CHASE (1981)
MY BODY MY CHILD (1982)
TERROR AT ALCATRAZ (1982)
GRANDPA, WILL YOU RUN WITH ME? (1983)

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Jack Albertson in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962).