Jack Warden

Jack Warden

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.  

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2000

The Replacements

Edward O'Neil2000-08-07
1999

A Dog Of Flanders

Jehan Daas1999-08-27
1999

A Dog Of Flanders

Nello1999-08-27
1998
Dirty Work
'Pops' McKenna1998-06-12
1998
Bulworth
Eddie Davers1998-05-15
1998

Chairman of the Board

Armand McMillan1998-03-13
1997

The Island on Bird Street

Boruch1997-10-23
1996

Ed

Chubb1996-03-15
1995
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Joe Heff1995-12-01
1995
Mighty Aphrodite
Tiresias1995-09-13
1995
Problem Child 3
Big Ben1995-05-13
1995
While You Were Sleeping
Saul1995-04-21
1994
Bullets Over Broadway
Julian Marx1994-10-14
1993
Guilty as Sin
Moe1993-06-04
1992
Toys
Old General Zevo1992-12-18
1992
Night and the City
Al Grossman1992-10-11
1992
Passed Away
Jack Scanlan1992-04-24
1991
Problem Child 2
'Big' Ben Healy1991-07-03
1990
Judgment
Claude Fortier1990-10-13
1990
Problem Child
Big Ben1990-07-27
1990
Everybody Wins
Judge Harry Murdoch1990-01-19
1988
Dead Solid Perfect
Hubert 'Bad Hair' Wimberly1988-12-18
1988
The Presidio
Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure1988-06-10
1987
Still Crazy Like A Fox
Harry Fox1987-04-05
1987
September
Lloyd1987-01-01
1986
The Cosmic Eye
Rocko (voice)1986-06-06
1985
Alice in Wonderland
Owl1985-12-09
1985
A.D.
Nerva1985-03-31
1985
The Aviator
Moravia1985-03-01
1985
Robert Kennedy and His Times
Joseph Kennedy Sr.1985-01-27
1984
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues
Mark Twain1984-04-23
1984
Crackers
Garvey1984-02-17
1982
The Verdict
Mickey Morrissey1982-12-08
1981
So Fine
Jack1981-09-25
1981
Carbon Copy
Nelson Longhurst1981-09-25
1981
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
The Commander1981-08-28
1981
The Great Muppet Caper
Mike Tarkenian1981-06-26
1980
Used Cars
Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs1980-07-11
1979
Being There
President 'Bobby'1979-12-19
1979
Topper
Cosmo Topper1979-11-09
1979
...And Justice for All
Judge Francis Rayford1979-10-19
1979
The Champ
Jackie1979-07-10
1979
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
Harold Meredith1979-05-18
1979
Dreamer
Harry1979-04-27
1978
Death on the Nile
Dr. Ludwig Bessner1978-10-06
1978
Heaven Can Wait
Max Corkle1978-06-28
1978
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette
Dr. Ludwig Bessner1978-01-01
1977
The White Buffalo
Charlie Zane1977-05-01
1976
All the President's Men
Harry M. Rosenfeld1976-04-04
1976
Raid on Entebbe
Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur1976-01-01
1975
They Only Come Out at Night
John "Jigsaw" St. John1975-04-29
1975
Shampoo
Lester1975-03-13
1974
The Godchild
Sgt. Dobbs1974-11-27
1974
Billy Two Hats
Sheriff Henry Gifford1974-03-20
1973
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
Dawes1973-06-28
1972
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife
Capt. Patrick Lonergan1972-10-12
1971
What's a Nice Girl Like You...?
Lieutenant Joe Burton1971-12-18
1971
Brian's Song
Coach George Halas1971-11-30
1971
The Face of Fear
Lieutenant George Coy1971-10-08
1971
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
Dr. Solomon F. Moses1971-06-15
1971
Summertree
Herb1971-06-06
1971
The Sporting Club
Earl Olive1971-02-28
1968
Bye Bye Braverman
Barnet Weinstein1968-02-21
1965
Blindfold
General George Pratt1965-12-22
1964
The Thin Red Line
First Sgt. Welsh1964-05-02
1963
Donovan's Reef
Dr. William Dedham1963-06-12
1962
Flashing Spikes
Comissioner1962-10-04
1962
Escape From Zahrain
Huston1962-05-23
1961
The Lawbreakers
Matthew Gower1961-08-15
1960
Wake Me When It's Over
Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington1960-06-10
1959
That Kind of Woman
George Kelly1959-09-11
1959
The Sound and the Fury
Ben Compson1959-03-27
1958
Run Silent, Run Deep
Yeoman 1st Class Mueller1958-03-27
1958
Darby's Rangers
MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator1958-02-12
1957
Edge of the City
Charles Malik1957-08-02
1957
The Bachelor Party
Eddie Watkins1957-04-09
1957
12 Angry Men
Juror 71957-03-25
1953
From Here to Eternity
Cpl. Buckley1953-08-05
1951
The Man with My Face
Walt Davis1951-06-14
1951
You're in the Navy Now
Tommy Morse1951-02-23