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Jack Kruschen (1922–2002)


Canadian-born Jack Kruschen entered films after years on the stage, and became a dependable character actor both in movies and on television. Often cast as ethnic comedy relief, Kruschen occasionally landed a role as a villain, but was more often the volatile, emotional Italian or Jewish neighbor patriarch. He was nominated for an Academy Award for... See full bio »

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(age 80) in Chandler, Arizona, USA

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 1997 'Til There Was You
Mr. Katz
 1994 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Irv Anderson
- The Secret Life of Jim Dial (1994) ... Irv Anderson
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Captain Keene
- Madame Ex (1994) ... Captain Keene
 1994 Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (TV Movie)
Mayor Walter Trout
 1990-1994 Full House (TV Series)
Iorgos Katsopolis
 1994 Living Single (TV Series)
Mort
- Love Thy Neighbor (1994) ... Mort
 1994 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Heshy
- What's a Mother to Do? (1994) ... Heshy
 1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Mr. Melville
- Home Is Where the Heart Attack Is (1993) ... Mr. Melville
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Kapush
 1992 Love & War (TV Series)
Maury
- Monday, Monday (1992) ... Maury
 1991 Matlock (TV Series)
Judge Ogilvie / Bus Repairman
- The Nightmare (1991) ... Judge Ogilvie / Bus Repairman
 1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dr. John Logan
- Tainted Lady (1991) ... Dr. John Logan
 1991 Mom P.I. (TV Series)
Marty Cash
- Cash and Money (1991) ... Marty Cash
 1990 Penny Ante: The Motion Picture
Isadore (Izzy) Perlman
 1987 She's the Sheriff (TV Series)
George Bloomgarden
- Unsafe at Any Speed (1987) ... George Bloomgarden
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
Spiro
- Foley vs. Foley (1987) ... Spiro
 1987 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Doheny's partner & speaker at the retirement
- Laura (1987) ... Doheny's partner & speaker at the retirement
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Sidney
- Promises to Keep (1986) ... Sidney
 1985 Deadly Intentions (TV Movie)
Alex Livanos
 1985 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Dr. Axel Schreiber
- Reconcilable Differences (1985) ... Dr. Axel Schreiber
 1983-1985 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Reels / Jonas Van Poolen
- Company Secrets (1985) ... Reels
- The Crying Clown (1983) ... Jonas Van Poolen
 1985 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Buddy Brokaw
- Springtime for Steele (1985) ... Buddy Brokaw
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Dell Loomis
- Baja 1000 (1984) ... Dell Loomis
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Isadore Fagenbaum
- Fuched Again (1984) ... Isadore Fagenbaum
 1984 E/R (TV Series)
Morris Sheinfeld
- Mr. Fix-It (1984) ... Morris Sheinfeld
 1984 Dark Mirror (TV Movie)
Smithson
 1983 Money to Burn
Pops
 1983 Tucker's Witch (TV Series)
Harvey Gorman
- Living and Presumed Dead (1983) ... Harvey Gorman
 1983 Zorro and Son (TV Series)
Commandante La Brea
- Zorro and Son (1983) ... Commandante La Brea
 1983 The A-Team (TV Series)
Bernie Shatzman
- The Out-of-Towners (1983) ... Bernie Shatzman
 1983 The New Odd Couple (TV Series)
Judge
- My Strife in Court (1983) ... Judge
 1983 Silver Spoons (TV Series)
Judge Harold S. Nutterman
- Twelve Angry Kids (1983) ... Judge Harold S. Nutterman
 1982 The Devlin Connection (TV Series)
Max Salkall
- Brian and Nick (1982) ... Max Salkall
 1982 No Soap, Radio (TV Series)
Skit Performer
- The Bum's Rush (1982) ... Skit Performer
- Miss Pelican (1982) ... Skit Performer
- Karen Fools Around (1982) ... Skit Performer
- Carmine the Squealer (1982) ... Skit Performer
- Pilot (1982) ... Skit Performer
 1982 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Harry Fulterman
- Hart and Sole (1982) ... Harry Fulterman
 1982 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Judge H.P. Newcomb
- Circumstantial Evidence (1982) ... Judge H.P. Newcomb
 1977-1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Benjamin Diamond / Rudolph Kamen / Julius Wittenour
- Examination Day (1982) ... Benjamin Diamond
- The DNA Story (1979) ... Rudolph Kamen
- Burial (1977) ... Julius Wittenour
 1981 Darkroom (TV Series)
Sam
- Make-Up (1981) ... Sam
 1979-1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Marvin Krakowsky / Nicholas Bulgari
- Cooperative Care (1981) ... Marvin Krakowsky
- Deadly Exposure (1979) ... Nicholas Bulgari
 1981 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Rudolpho 'The Great' Gambini
- Gambini the Great (1981) ... Rudolpho 'The Great' Gambini
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Louie
 1979-1981 Alice (TV Series)
Benny Conway / Santa Claus
- Carrie Chickens Out (1981) ... Benny Conway
- Mel, the Magi (1979) ... Santa Claus
 1981 CHiPs (TV Series)
Frank Higgins
- Home Fires Burning (1981) ... Frank Higgins
 1980 Cheaters (TV Movie)
 1980 Vega$ (TV Series)
Carlo
- Vendetta (1980) ... Carlo
 1979 Sunburn
Gela
 1978 Once Upon a Starry Night (TV Movie)
 1978 The Time Machine (TV Movie)
John Bedford
 1978 Switch (TV Series)
Damon Alexander
- Play-Off (1978) ... Damon Alexander
 1978 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Norman Abrams
- Terror in Times Square (1978) ... Norman Abrams
 1977 Satan's Cheerleaders
Billy the Janitor
 1977 The November Plan (TV Movie)
Harry Kahn
 1976 City of Angels (TV Series)
 1976 Movin' On (TV Series)
Mr. Nash
- Living It Up! (1976) ... Mr. Nash
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Gunther Starr
- The Adventure of the Judas Tree (1976) ... Gunther Starr
 1972-1976 Emergency! (TV Series)
State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
- The Wedsworth-Townsend Act (1972) ... State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Victor
- Betrayal (1975) ... Victor
 1975 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
John Koenig
- Gearjammers, Part 2 (1975) ... John Koenig
 1971-1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Florea / Jacobson / Stavros
- Aftershock (1975) ... Florea
- No Margin for Error (1973) ... Jacobson
- Double Jeopardy (1971) ... Stavros
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Sergeant Steinmetz
- Nick and Nora (1975) ... Sergeant Steinmetz
 1975 Adams of Eagle Lake (TV Series)
Alvin Tracey
- Treasure Chest Murder (1975) ... Alvin Tracey
 1975 The Log of the Black Pearl (TV Movie)
Jocko Roper
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
Selditz
- Shivaree on Delancy Street (1974) ... Selditz
 1974 Freebie and the Bean
Red Meyers
 1973 The Magician (TV Series)
Albie Allikolos
- Ovation for Murder (1973) ... Albie Allikolos
 1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Arnold
- Friends in High Places (1973) ... Arnold
 1973 Columbo (TV Series)
Tomlin Dudek
- The Most Dangerous Match (1973) ... Tomlin Dudek
 1973 Assignment Vienna (TV Series)
Orloff
- So Long, Charlie (1973) ... Orloff
 1972 Deadly Harvest (TV Movie)
Vartanian
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Doctor Deets (segment "Love and the Accidental Passion")
- Love and the Accidental Passion/Love and the Black Limousine/Love and the Eskimo's Wife/Love and the Tuba (1971) ... Doctor Deets (segment "Love and the Accidental Passion")
 1971 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Blumberg
- For a Million... Why Not? (1971) ... Blumberg
 1971 The Million Dollar Duck
Doctor Gottlieb
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Mr. Poole
- The Human Element (1970) ... Mr. Poole
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Herman
- Sweet Molly Malone (1969) ... Herman
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
McKay / Busch
- The Macabre Mr. Micawber (1968) ... McKay
- Memory of an Ice Cream Stick (1968) ... Busch
 1968 Istanbul Express (TV Movie)
Capt. Granicek
 1966-1967 I Spy (TV Series)
Isaac / Aram Kanjarian
- The Medarra Block (1967) ... Isaac
- Lisa (1966) ... Aram Kanjarian
 1967 He & She (TV Series)
Captain Pappas
- Phantom of 84th Street (1967) ... Captain Pappas
 1967 Caprice
Matthew Cutter
 1967 The Happening
Inspector
 1966 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Shnorba
- The Bum Who Came in from the Cold (1966) ... Dr. Shnorba
 1966 The John Forsythe Show (TV Series)
Constantino
- Engagement, Italian Style (1966) ... Constantino
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Eivol Ekdal
 1965 Dear Brigitte
Doctor Volker
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Barkeep
- Canliss (1964) ... Barkeep
 1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Christmas Morgan
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
John Rados
- Every Father's Daughter (1962) ... John Rados
 1962 Convicts 4
Resko's Father
 1962 Cape Fear
Attorney Dave Grafton
 1962 Oh, Those Bells (TV Series)
1st Bandit
- Money Mix-Up (1962) ... 1st Bandit (uncredited)
 1962 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Policeman
- Ed's Bed (1962) ... Policeman
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Bill Ziegler
- In the Balance (1961) ... Bill Ziegler
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Dean Fairland
- Which Is Joseph Creeley? (1961) ... Dean Fairland
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Bronik
- John J. Diggs (1961) ... Joe Bronik
 1961 The Ladies Man
Graduation Emcee Professor
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Harry Burke / Dimitri Markov
- Date with Death (1961) ... Harry Burke
- Spotlight on a Corpse (1961) ... Dimitri Markov
 1961 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
Lou King
- The Manly Art (1961) ... Lou King
 1960-1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Jonesy / Fred Hambrough
- Secret Assignment (1961) ... Jonesy
- Twelve Hours to Live (1960) ... Fred Hambrough
 1960 Where the Boys Are
Max - Cafe Counterman (uncredited)
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series)
Rigdon
- Going Home (1960) ... Rigdon
 1960 Hong Kong (TV Series)
Tully
- The Dragon Cup (1960) ... Tully
- To Catch a Star (1960) ... Tully
- The Turncoat (1960) ... Tully
- Colonel Cat (1960) ... Tully
- Blind Bargain (1960) ... Tully
 1959-1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Doc Burrage / Sammy / Clyde Bailey
- Baranca (1960) ... Doc Burrage
- Trail of Hate (1960) ... Doc Burrage
- One Went to Denver (1959) ... Sammy
 1960 Dante (TV Series)
Ben Simon
- Opening Night (1960) ... Ben Simon
 1960 Seven Ways from Sundown
Beeker
 1960 Studs Lonigan
Charlie the Greek
 1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Max Schilling
- The Lovely Fraud (1960) ... Max Schilling
 1960 The Bellboy
Jack E. Mulcher, President of Paramount Pictures (uncredited)
 1960 The Apartment
Dr. Dreyfuss
 1960 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Manuel Garcia
- Eagle in the Rocks (1960) ... Manuel Garcia
 1960 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Ben Winkleman
- The Apprentice (1960) ... Ben Winkleman
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Capitaz
- Appointment in Jericho (1960) ... Capitaz
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Patch Finley / Ben Tarko
- The Inner Circle (1959) ... Patch Finley
- The Desert Ship (1959) ... Ben Tarko
 1959 The Gazebo
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
Dr. Pearson
- Clear Title (1959) ... Dr. Pearson
 1959 The Angry Red Planet
CWO Sam Jacobs
 1959 Beloved Infidel
Darby Forsythe - Beach Bum (uncredited)
 1959 Markham (TV Series)
Police Constable
- Round Trip to Mozambique (1959) ... Police Constable
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Union Vice-President
- The George 'Bugs' Moran Story (1959) ... Union Vice-President (uncredited)
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Hunt Willis / Sheriff Pig Wells
- The Empty Cell (1959) ... Hunt Willis
- Railroaded (1959) ... Sheriff Pig Wells
 1959 The Jayhawkers!
Cattleman (uncredited)
 1959 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
Big Greeny / Laughing Boy McMannus / Nicolides
- The Big Greeny Story (1959) ... Big Greeny
- Four the Hard Way (1959) ... Laughing Boy McMannus
- The Dutch Schultz Story (1959) ... Nicolides
 1959 The Man Who Understood Women
Mickey (uncredited)
 1951-1959 Dragnet (TV Series)
Ben Cavolo / Lester Zachary Wylie / Keith Mather / ...
- The Big .38 (1959) ... Ben Cavolo
- The Big Laugh (1955)
- The Big Crime (1954) ... Lester Zachary Wylie
- The Big Fraud (1954) ... Keith Mather
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Tully
- Ransom of Rita Renee (1959) ... Tully
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Heinrich Schmidt
- Tower of Hate (1959) ... Heinrich Schmidt
 1959 The D.A.'s Man (TV Series)
Leo Muller
- Guns for Hire (1959) ... Leo Muller
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Sam Bolt
- The Desperadoes (1959) ... Sam Bolt
 1959 Bold Venture (TV Series)
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Milo York
- The Kid (1958) ... Milo York
 1958 The Decks Ran Red
Alex Cole
 1958 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Ruchef
- Flight to Freedom (1958) ... Ruchef
 1958 Fräulein
Sgt. Grischa
 1958 Cry Terror!
F.B.I. Agent Charles Pope
 1958 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Akbar
- Bamboozled in Bombay (1958) ... Akbar
 1957 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series)
- That Hogan Man (1957)
 1957 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Morning
- The Forbes-Carol Case (1957) ... Morning
 1957 Hear Me Good
Gaffer (uncredited)
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
- Last Chance (1957)
 1957 Reform School Girl
Mr. Horvath
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Mike Sharkey
- The Bob Fielding Story (1957) ... Mike Sharkey
 1956-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Max / Eddie
- The Hard Way (1957) ... Max
- Witness to Murder (1956) ... Eddie
 1957 Badlands of Montana
Cavalry Sergeant
 1957 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
First Airport Robber
- Tomb of Zaharan (1957) ... First Airport Robber
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Frost / Louis
- Jackson's Assassination (1957) ... Frost
- The Birth of the Blade (1956) ... Louis
 1956-1957 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Joe / Jose
- The Pendulum (1957) ... Joe
- Between Jobs (1956)
- In a Different Life (1956) ... Jose
 1956-1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Truck Driver
- Parents of a Stranger (1957) ... Truck Driver
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Jed
- Spring Term (1956) ... Jed
 1956 Julie
Det. Mace
 1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series)
Madroff
- The Sardinian Affair (1956) ... Madroff
 1956 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Dooley
- A Wire for Gillis (1956) ... Dooley
 1956 Outside the Law
Agent Phil Schwartz
 1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Leon
- A Deal in Diamonds (1956) ... Leon
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
Horace
- Cleopatra Collins (1956) ... Horace
 1956 The Steel Jungle
Truckdriver Helper
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story
Murph Podolsky
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Ernie
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Ernie
 1955 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Frank
- Call Michigan 4099 (1955) ... Frank
- The Night Watchman (1955) ... Frank
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Brogan
- A Nice Price (1955) ... Brogan
 1955 The Night Holds Terror
Detective Pope
 1955 Big Town (TV Series)
Guard Broderick
- Out on Parole (1955) ... Guard Broderick
 1955 Public Defender (TV Series)
Rosy Matson / Roxie
- Operation Cleat (1955) ... Rosy Matson
- Cornered (1955) ... Roxie
 1955 Soldier of Fortune
Austin Stoker
 1955 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Dan Beck
- Madison Mascot (1955) ... Dan Beck
 1955 Dial Red O
Lloyd Lavalle
 1955 Treasury Men in Action (TV Series)
Miguel
- Case of the Swindler's Gold (1955) ... Miguel
 1955 Carolina Cannonball
Hogar
 1955 Prince of Players
Rabble-Rouser (uncredited)
 1954 Untamed Heiress
Louie
 1954 Tennessee Champ
Andrews, Fight Promoter
 1954 It Should Happen to You
Joe (uncredited)
 1954 The Great Diamond Robbery
Cafe Counterman (uncredited)
 1953 Money from Home
Short Boy
 1953 The Long, Long Trailer
Mechanic (uncredited)
 1953 A Blueprint for Murder
Det.ective Lt. Harold Y. Cole
 1953 Fast Company
Doc - Poker Player (uncredited)
 1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Jacques Amien (uncredited)
 1952-1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
Joe Barth / The Whale
- Tenampa (1952) ... Joe Barth
- Operation, E.S.P. (1952) ... The Whale
 1952 Terry and the Pirates (TV Series)
Chopstick Joe
- Macao Gold (1952) ... Chopstick Joe
 1952 Tropical Heat Wave
Stickey Langley
 1952 The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
Sidonio (uncredited)
 1952 Shadow in the Sky
Intern (uncredited)
 1952 Just Across the Street
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1952 Confidence Girl
Detective Sergeant Quinn
 1952 Craig Kennedy, Criminologist (TV Series)
Jack Brown
- The Big Shakedown (1952) ... Jack Brown
 1951 Meet Danny Wilson
Drunken Heckler (uncredited)
 1951 The People Against O'Hara
Detective (uncredited)
 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain
Gangster in Night Club
 1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
Muscleman (uncredited)
 1951 Cuban Fireball
Lefty
 1950 Gambling House
Burly Italian Immigrant (uncredited)
 1950 No Way Out (uncredited)
 1950 Where Danger Lives
Cosey - Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
 1949 Red, Hot and Blue
Steve
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In 1969, he co-starred in an unsold sitcom pilot for ABC called "Holly Golighty." The pilot was based on the lead female character in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and starred Stefanie Powers. See more »
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Along with Phyllis Coates and Jack Larson, he is one of only three actors to appear in both Adventures of Superman (1952) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). See more »

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