Emmy Winner, Oscar Nominee Jack Warden Dies
Warden, who won an Emmy award for his portrayal of crusty football coach
Pazoff says Warden, who was living in
Warden first made his mark in the movies in 1957 as the sports-obsessed juror in "12 Angry Men." He received Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in two
His small-screen resume was just as deep, with featured roles in a dozen series and appearances in about 100 shows and made-for-TV movies that stretched back to television's golden age and included "Mr. Peepers" (1952-55) on
He earned two Emmy nominations for his role on the latter series, playing a streetwise private eye who teams up with his more straitlaced son (John Rubinstein).
From the moment Warden broke through on Broadway in 1955 in
"I still panic sometimes when it comes down to 20 minutes between jobs," Warden told the Los Angeles Herald Examiner in 1984. "I love what I'm doing."
Warden joined the Army's 101st Airbone Division during
A friend suggested that he read plays, and among the first Warden tackled was
"That year in the hospital was the turning point in my life," Warden told the Herald Examiner. "After eight months of that diet, I thought I was an actor and headed straight for
Warden worked mainly, and steadily, in television and film through the 1990s, often playing the heavy in movies before inhabiting more comedic roles.
He was the scruffy outlaw in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973), the cab-driving father in "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1974), the hard-nosed city editor in "All the President's Men" (1976) and
Warden played a rich husband in "Shampoo" opposite Beatty,
Warden was born John Lebzelter on Sept. 18, 1920. He married Vanda Dupre, a 27-year-old French actress, in 1958. Comedian
Within a few years, the couple had a son, Christopher, and had moved from Laurel Canyon to the Malibu Colony. Nearby was a tennis court that Warden owned with Steiger. By the mid-1970s, Warden and his wife had separated, but they never divorced, according to Pazoff.
Besides his estranged wife, Warden is survived by his companion, Marucha Hinds; his son; and two grandchildren.