Jack Albertson


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(1907–1981), character actor. The tall, thin performer was born in Malden, Massachusetts, and went into vaudeville as a song-and-dance man, also working as a burlesque comic. Albertson made his Broadway debut in 1940 in the revue Meet the People and went on to perform in other revues and in secondary roles in plays. Acting in movies from 1938 and much later as a star on television, he didn't find himself in a stage hit until the 1964 drama The Subject Was Roses, in which he portrayed the troubled father of a returning war vet. His other memorable Broadway part was the cranky old vaudevillian Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys (1972).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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