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Jack Gilford (I) (1908–1990)


Jack Gilford was born in Brooklyn, New York, as Yankel Gellman. He began his career in the Amateur Nights of the 1930s moving on to nightclubs as an innovative comedian doing satire and pantomime. He was a regular at the Greenwich Village nightspot, Cafe Society and hosted shows featuring Zero Mostel, Billie Holiday and jazz greats like Hazel Scott... See full bio »

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Known For

Cocoon: The Return
Cocoon: The Return Bernard 'Bernie' Lefkowitz
(1988)
Cocoon
Cocoon Bernie Lefkowitz
(1985)
Save the Tiger
Save the Tiger Phil Greene
(1973)

Filmography

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 1989 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Morrie Klein
- Auntie Sue (1989) ... Morrie Klein
 1989 Head of the Class (TV Series)
Wesley Winthrop
- Scuttlebutt (1989) ... Wesley Winthrop
 1988 Thirtysomething (TV Series)
Old Gentleman
- The Mike Van Dyke Show (1988) ... Old Gentleman
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Max Weinstock
- Sophia's Wedding: Part 2 (1988) ... Max Weinstock
- Sophia's Wedding: Part 1 (1988) ... Max Weinstock
 1988 Cocoon: The Return
Bernard 'Bernie' Lefkowitz
 1988 Tattinger's (TV Series)
Shlomo
- Pilot (1988) ... Shlomo
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Mr. Butterworth
 1987 Hooperman (TV Series)
Max
- I, Witness (1987) ... Max
 1986 The Ellen Burstyn Show (TV Series)
Mr. Quigley
- Crime and Punishment (1986) ... Mr. Quigley
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
The Angel
- Young Again (1986) ... The Angel
 1986 Joe Bash (TV Series)
Feinbaum
- Feinbaum (1986) ... Feinbaum
 1985 Hostage Flight (TV Movie)
Mr. Singer
 1985 Cocoon
Bernie Lefkowitz
 1985 Night Court (TV Series)
Marty Ratner
- An Old Flame (1985) ... Marty Ratner
 1984 The Duck Factory (TV Series)
Brooks Carmichael
- Call Me Responsible (1984) ... Brooks Carmichael
- You Always Love the One You Hurt (1984) ... Brooks Carmichael
- The Children's Half-Hour (1984) ... Brooks Carmichael
- The Duck Stops Here (1984) ... Brooks Carmichael
- It Didn't Happen One Night (1984) ... Brooks Carmichael
 1983 Anna to the Infinite Power
Dr. Jelliff
 1983 Mama's Family (TV Series)
Alvin Thompson
- Aunt Gert Rides Again (1983) ... Alvin Thompson
 1983 Happy (TV Movie)
Bernie Nelson
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Max
- Hotel (1983) ... Max
 1983 Parade of Stars (TV Movie)
Charlie Dale
 1979-1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Oscar Brady / Ziegler
- Getting to Know You (1982) ... Oscar Brady
- Pilot (1979) ... Ziegler
 1981-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Horace Bascons / Fingers
 1981 Alice (TV Series)
Jake
- Mel's Christmas Carol (1981) ... Jake
 1979-1981 Taxi (TV Series)
Joe Reiger
- Like Father, Like Son (1981) ... Joe Reiger
- Honor Thy Father (1979) ... Joe Reiger
 1981 Caveman
Gog
 1981 Cheaper to Keep Her
Stanley Bracken
 1981 Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood (TV Movie)
Wally
 1980 Wholly Moses!
Tailor
 1980 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Dan Mooney
- The Pied Piper (1980) ... Dan Mooney
 1979 Soap (TV Series)
Saul
- Episode #3.7 (1979) ... Saul
- Episode #3.5 (1979) ... Saul
- Episode #3.4 (1979) ... Saul
- Episode #3.3 (1979) ... Saul
- Episode #3.2 (1979) ... Saul
 1979 The Associates (TV Series)
Julius Barnes
- Is Romance Dead? (1979) ... Julius Barnes
 1979 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Fred Horton
- Home (1979) ... Fred Horton
 1978 Apple Pie (TV Series)
Grandpa Hollyhock
- Tornado (1978) ... Grandpa Hollyhock
- They Walk Among Us (1978) ... Grandpa Hollyhock
- Ginger-Nell Loses Her Touch (1978) ... Grandpa Hollyhock
- A Man from Ginger Nell's Past (1978) ... Grandpa Hollyhock
- Rich Man, Poor Girl (1978) ... Grandpa Hollyhock
 1977 A Doonesbury Special (Short)
Referee (voice)
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Barney Gaylord
- The Smut Peddler (1977) ... Barney Gaylord
 1977 Captain Kangaroo (TV Series)
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
Finklestein
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Finklestein
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Finklestein
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Finklestein
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Michael Eglash
- The Trick Book (1976) ... Michael Eglash
 1976 Hickey (TV Movie)
Dr. McCaffrey
 1976 Don't Call Us (TV Movie)
Larry King
 1976 Max (Short)
Max
 1976 Doc (TV Series)
Kramer
- Oldies But Goodies (1976) ... Kramer
 1976 All in the Family (TV Series)
Bernard Bernstein
- Archie Finds a Friend (1976) ... Bernard Bernstein
 1976 Rhoda (TV Series)
Billy Glass
- The Return of Billy Glass (1976) ... Billy Glass
 1975 Everybody Rides the Carousel
Stage 8 (voice)
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Howard Liebowitz
- Deadly Inheritance (1975) ... Howard Liebowitz
 1975 Tubby the Tuba
The Herald (voice)
 1975 Twigs (TV Movie)
Ned
 1974 Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (TV Series)
Ben Dreyfuss
- Just the Ticket (1974) ... Ben Dreyfuss
- All's Well That Ends (1974) ... Ben Dreyfuss
- Smart Move (1974) ... Ben Dreyfuss
- Ben and Marge Are Back (1974) ... Ben Dreyfuss
 1973 Save the Tiger
Phil Greene
 1972 Once Upon a Mattress (TV Movie)
King Sextimus
 1972 Of Thee I Sing (TV Movie)
Alexander Throttlebottom
 1971 The David Frost Revue (TV Series)
 1971 They Might Be Giants
Peabody
 1970 Catch-22
Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Joey
- They Have Taken Over (1970) ... Joey
 1969 Get Smart (TV Series)
Simon the Likeable
- And Baby Makes Four: Part 2 (1969) ... Simon the Likeable
- And Baby Makes Four: Part 1 (1969) ... Simon the Likeable
 1969 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series)
Broken Bow
- One Little Indian (1969) ... Broken Bow
 1969 Arsenic and Old Lace (TV Movie)
Dr. Jonas Salk
 1969 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Wilbur Harlow
- Lucy Helps Craig Get a Driver's License (1969) ... Wilbur Harlow
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
Sholom Aleichem
- This Is Sholom Aleichem (1969) ... Sholom Aleichem
 1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Uncle Arnold
- Uncle Arnold the Magnificent (1968) ... Uncle Arnold
 1967 The Incident
Sam Beckerman
 1967 Who's Minding the Mint?
Avery Dugan
 1967 Enter Laughing
Mr. Foreman
 1966 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Drummer
- Little Arnie from Long Ago (1966) ... Drummer
 1966 Mister Buddwing
Mr. Schwartz
 1966 The Daydreamer
Papa Andersen
 1964-1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
David Marcus / Willie Drucker / Louis Brandt
- No-Knock (1965) ... Willie Drucker
- The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 2 (1964) ... David Marcus
- The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 1 (1964) ... David Marcus
- Moment of Truth (1964) ... Louis Brandt
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
Bunker
- Try to Find a Spy (1964) ... Bunker
 1964 Once Upon a Mattress (TV Movie)
King Sextimus
 1963 Cowboy and the Tiger (TV Movie)
Tiger
 1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Snitkin
- The Curse of the Snitkins (1963) ... Snitkin
 1962 The Dog Lover (Short)
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Bontsche Shveig / Angel
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... Bontsche Shveig / Angel
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
Bontshe Shveig
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Custodian (1963)
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Box Office Clerk (uncredited)
 1951 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Impressionist
- Episode #1.35 (1951) ... Guest Impressionist
 1951 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
- Julie the Jinx (1951)
 1950 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Battling Smith
- Hit the Deck (1950) ... Battling Smith
 1950 Star Time (TV Series) (1950)
 1949-1950 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- Screwball (1950)
 1949 The Arrow Show (TV Series)
 1944 Reckless Age
Joey Bagle
 1944 Hey, Rookie
Specialty
 1936 Midnight Melodies (Short)
Nightclub Show Mimic
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (23 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

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Stage: Appeared in "Meet the People" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music by Jay Gorney. Book by Ben Barzman [only Broadway credit], Sol Barzman [only Broadway credit], Mortimer Offner, Edward Eliscu, Daniel Dare, Henry Blankfort, Bert Lawrence, Sid Kuller, Ray Golden, Milt Gross, Mike Quin and Arthur Ross. Lyrics by Henry Myers and ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

You stay in the business longer. Even leading men who have been character actors prolong their careers -- we all know character actors who have been around for a long time. I was always a character actor.

Trivia:

He and his wife, Madeline Lee, were blacklisted during the Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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