Biography

Jack Warden was an American television and film character actor, born John Warden Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also received a BAFTA nomination for the former movie and won an Emmy for his performance in Brian's Song (1971).  

Expelled from high school for fighting, Warden eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello winning 13 welterweight bouts to little financial success.   Warden worked a number of odd jobs before joining the United States military in 1938, rotating through numerous branches of the US armed forces, finishing his career as a Master Sergeant with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.  

Following his military service, Warden studied theatre, performing on stage for five years, before making his television debut in 1948 on The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One.  He earned his first credited film role with The Man with My Face in 1952, just prior to his breakout performance as Juror No. 7 in 12 Angry Men. Warden continued to appear in many television series and films over the years. He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in the television movie Brian's Song, and was twice nominated for his starring role in the 1980s comedy/drama series, Crazy Like a Fox. Appearing in more than one hundred movies, Wardon typically played gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends or similar roles over his six decade career.  His final film was The Replacements in 2000, after which he suffered from declining health and retired from acting before passing of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital at the age of 85.  

Jack Warden was an American television and film character actor, born John Warden Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also received a BAFTA nomination for the former movie and won an Emmy for his performance in Brian's Song (1971).  

Expelled from high school for fighting, Warden eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello winning 13 welterweight bouts to little financial success.   Warden worked a number of odd jobs before joining the United States military in 1938, rotating through numerous branches of the US armed forces, finishing his career as a Master Sergeant with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.  

Following his military service, Warden studied theatre, performing on stage for five years, before making his television debut in 1948 on The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One.  He earned his first credited film role with The Man with My Face in 1952, just prior to his breakout performance as Juror No. 7 in 12 Angry Men. Warden continued to appear in many television series and films over the years. He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in the television movie Brian's Song, and was twice nominated for his starring role in the 1980s comedy/drama series, Crazy Like a Fox. Appearing in more than one hundred movies, Wardon typically played gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends or similar roles over his six decade career.  His final film was The Replacements in 2000, after which he suffered from declining health and retired from acting before passing of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital at the age of 85.  

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 137

Birthday 1920-09-18

Day of Death 2006-07-19

Place of Birth Newark, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Warden Lebzelter, Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2000 The Replacements as Edward O'Neil
1999 A Dog Of Flanders as Jehan
1999 The Norm Show(1 episode)
1998 Dirty Work as 'Pops' McKenna
1998 Bulworth as Eddie Davers
1998 Chairman of the Board as Armand McMillan
1997 The Island on Bird Street as Boruch
1996 Ink(1 episode) as Timothy Logan
1996 Ed as Chubb
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead as Joe Heff
1995 Mighty Aphrodite as Tiresias
1995 Problem Child 3 as Big Ben
1995 While You Were Sleeping as Saul
1994 Bullets Over Broadway as Julian Marx
1993 Guilty as Sin as Moe
1992 Toys as Old General Zevo
1992 Night and the City as Al Grossman
1992 Passed Away as Jack Scanlan
1991 Problem Child 2 as 'Big' Ben Healy
1990 Judgment as Claude Fortier
1990 Problem Child as Big Ben
1990 Everybody Wins as Judge Harry Murdoch
1989 Knight & Daye(7 episodes) as Hank Knight
1988 Dead Solid Perfect as Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly
1988 The Presidio as Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure
1987 Still Crazy Like A Fox as Harry Fox
1987 September as Lloyd
1986 The Cosmic Eye as Rocko (voice)
1985 Alice in Wonderland(2 episodes)
1985 Alice in Wonderland as Owl
1985 A.D.(5 episodes) as Nerva
1985 The Aviator as Moravia
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times(3 episodes) as Joseph Kennedy Sr.
1984 Crazy like a Fox(2 episodes)
1984 Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues as Mark Twain
1984 Crackers as Garvey
1982 The Verdict as Mickey Morrissey
1981 So Fine as Jack
1981 Chu Chu and the Philly Flash as The Commander
1981 Carbon Copy as Nelson Longhurst
1981 The Great Muppet Caper as Mike Tarkenian
1980 A Private Battle as Cornelius Ryan
1980 Used Cars as Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs
1979 Being There as President 'Bobby'
1979 Topper as Cosmo Topper
1979 ...And Justice for All as Judge Francis Rayford
1979 The Champ as Jackie
1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure as Harold Meredith
1979 Dreamer as Harry
1979 The Bad News Bears(27 episodes) as Morris Buttermaker
1978 Death on the Nile as Dr. Ludwig Bessner
1978 Heaven Can Wait as Max Corkle
1978 Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette as Dr. Ludwig Bessner
1977 The White Buffalo as Charlie Zane
1976 All the President's Men as Harry M. Rosenfeld
1976 Jigsaw John(15 episodes) as John St. John
1976 Raid on Entebbe as Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur
1975 They Only Come Out at Night as John "Jigsaw" St. John
1975 Shampoo as Lester
1974 The Godchild as Sgt. Dobbs
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz as Max
1974 Billy Two Hats as Sheriff Henry Gifford
1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing as Dawes
1972 Lieutenant Schuster's Wife as Capt. Patrick Lonergan
1972 Man On A String as Jake Moniker
1971 What's a Nice Girl Like You...? as Lieutenant Joe Burton
1971 Brian's Song as Coach George Halas
1971 The Face of Fear as Lieutenant George Coy
1971 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? as Dr. Solomon F. Moses
1971 Summertree as Herb
1971 The Sporting Club as Earl Olive
1968 Bye Bye Braverman as Barnet Weinstein
1967 N.Y.P.D.(49 episodes)
1966 Blindfold as General George Pratt
1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army(29 episodes) as Major Simon Butcher
1964 Slattery's People(1 episode)
1964 Bewitched(1 episode)
1964 The Thin Red Line as First Sgt. Welsh
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(1 episode)
1963 The Great Adventure(1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1963 Breaking Point(1 episode)
1963 Donovan's Reef as Dr. William Dedham
1962 Flashing Spikes as Comissioner
1962 Going My Way(1 episode)
1962 The Virginian(2 episodes)
1962 Escape From Zahrain as Huston
1961 Alcoa Premiere(1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey(2 episodes)
1961 Bus Stop(1 episode)
1961 Target: The Corruptors!(2 episodes)
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1961 The Lawbreakers as Matthew Gower
1961 The Asphalt Jungle(14 episodes)
1960 Route 66(3 episodes)
1960 Stagecoach West(1 episode)
1960 Outlaws(2 episodes)
1960 Checkmate(1 episode)
1960 Wake Me When It's Over as Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington
1959 Five Fingers(1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone(2 episodes) as James A. Corry
1959 That Kind of Woman as George Kelly
1959 The Sound and the Fury as Ben Compson
1958 77 Sunset Strip(1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse(1 episode)
1958 Naked City(3 episodes)
1958 Nightmare at Ground Zero as Long
1958 Run Silent, Run Deep as Yeoman 1st Class Mueller
1958 Darby's Rangers as MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
1957 Suspicion(1 episode)
1957 Edge of the City as Charles Malik
1957 The Bachelor Party as Eddie Watkins
1957 12 Angry Men as Juror 7
1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour(1 episode)
1956 Tragedy in a Temporary Town as Frank Doran
1955 The Alcoa Hour(1 episode)
1955 Norby(13 episodes) as Bobo
1954 Producers' Showcase(1 episode)
1954 Climax!(1 episode)
1954 Center Stage(1 episode)
1954 Justice(2 episodes)
1954 Inner Sanctum(1 episode)
1953 The United States Steel Hour(1 episode)
1953 The Man Behind the Badge(1 episode)
1953 From Here to Eternity as Cpl. Buckley
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 The Campbell Playhouse(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 Tales of Tomorrow(1 episode)
1951 The Man with My Face as Walt Davis
1951 You're in the Navy Now as Tommy Morse
1950 Lux Video Theatre(4 episodes)
1950 Danger(1 episode)
1948 Studio One(3 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(4 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)

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