Harold Albertson, known professionally as Jack Albertson, was an American actor, comedian, dancer, and singer who also performed in vaudeville. Albertson was a Tony, Oscar and Emmy winning actor. For his performance as John Cleary in the 1964 play The Subject Was Roses and its 1968 film adaptation, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other notable roles include Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure; and Ed Brown in the television sitcom Chico and the Man, for which he won an Emmy. For his contributions to the television industry, Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977 at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard.
|Born||Harold Albertson, June 16, 1907, Malden, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Died||November 25, 1981, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Other names||John Alberts|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, dancer, singer|
|Relatives||Mabel Albertson (sister), George Englund (nephew), Wes Studi (son-in-law)|
He won a Tony Award for his role in The Subject Was Roses and an Academy Award for his portrayal in the play's 1968 film adaptation.
After dropping out of high school, he moved to New York City and began his show business career with the Dancing Verselle Sisters, a traveling vaudeville act.
He received an Emmy Award for his depiction of "The Man" Ed Brown on the NBC sitcom Chico and the Man, and he was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
His sister, Mabel Albertson, died ten months after he died. Their ashes were scattered around the Pacific.
In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he co-starred with Gene Wilder [Movie Actor].
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Primetime Emmy Award winners. Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winners. Jewish male comedians. Male actors from Massachusetts. 20th-century American dancers. American male dancers