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Was there by intrepid on 23 July 2006 3:46pm
 
Not to distract from "Read This", but before I forget, I bring sad tidings because

Veteran US actor Jack Warden dies

Jack Warden in All The President's Men
Warden often played outwardly tough characters with a soft heart
Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning US actor Jack Warden has died, aged 85.

He died in a New York hospital after several weeks of poor health, including heart and kidney problems, said the actor's business manager Sidney Pazoff.

Warden was nominated for Oscars for Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait, and won an Emmy for the 1971 TV film Brian's Song.

He was twice Emmy-nominated for the 1980s television series Crazy Like a Fox. His other films included 12 Angry Men and All The President's Men.

Warden was born John Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey, in 1920.

He had a brief career as a professional boxer, and was a paratrooper during World War II, before turning to acting after the war.

Breakthrough

By the early 1950s he had regular TV and theatre work, and cameos in films including From Here to Eternity.

His breakthrough movie role was alongside Henry Fonda and Lee J Cobb in the acclaimed trial drama 12 Angry Men in 1957.

He went on to enjoy a prolific TV and film career, with big screen highlights including The Verdict, Bullets Over Broadway and Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.

His last film role was in The Replacements in 2000.

Pazoff described Warden as "very gentle, very dapper".

He had retired from acting and suffered medical problems in recent years, the manager said.

from the BBC
What they don't mention though is his small role in "The Great Muppet Caper", in which he played a part in one of the best (and weirdest) cinema sight gags of the last 30 years.
 
Re: Was there by tucsonmike on 24 July 2006 1:38am
 
Yes, he was a good actor with a very long career in all sorts of things. I remember the movie Twelve Angry Men well. Stark 1950's film noir. He plays the juror who was mad because he was going to miss the Yankees game. Then it started to rain buckets, so that hardly mattered.
 
Re: Was there by George on 24 July 2006 6:57am
 
I remember him well. He was sort of like everyone's favorite uncle, gruff and a heart of gold.
 



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