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Jack Somack (1918–1983)

Jack Somack was born on September 14, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Frisco Kid (1979), Desperate Characters (1971) and Carlton Your Doorman (1980). He died on August 24, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1982 Gloria (TV Series)
Mr. Rosenbloom
- Miracle at Fox Ridge (1982) ... Mr. Rosenbloom
 1982 Family Ties (TV Series)
Sy Adler
- Death of a Grocer (1982) ... Sy Adler
 1975-1980 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Mr. Cotterman
- Homicide: Part 2 (1980) ... Mr. Cotterman
- Homicide: Part 1 (1980) ... Mr. Cotterman
- Identity (1979) ... Mr. Cotterman
- Good-Bye, Mr. Fish: Part 1 (1977) ... Mr. Cotterman
- Protection (1975) ... Mr. Cotterman
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Buss Plesser
 1980 The Stockard Channing Show (TV Series)
Mr. Kramer
- Texas Bob and The Consumer Ranch Gang (1980) ... Mr. Kramer
- The Threat (1980) ... Mr. Kramer
- Life Begins at 30 (1980) ... Mr. Kramer
- You Can't Quit Me, I'm Fired (1980) ... Mr. Kramer
 1980 Carlton Your Doorman (TV Short)
Charles Shaftman (voice)
 1980 Hero at Large
 1979 The Little Rascals' Christmas Special (TV Movie)
Santa (voice)
 1979 The Frisco Kid
Samuel Bender
 1979 The Main Event
 1979 Stockard Channing in Just Friends (TV Series)
- The Ziegenfuss Force (1979) ... Marty
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
- Harry's Doll (1979) ... Burton
 1978 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Officer Newman
- It's a Dog's Life (1978) ... Officer Newman
 1978 Eight Is Enough (TV Series)
 1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Detective Peterson
- Deckwatch (1978) ... Detective Peterson
 1975-1978 Kojak (TV Series)
Charlie Gerson / Muttel
- Chain of Custody (1978) ... Charlie Gerson
- The Nicest Guys on the Block (1975) ... Muttel
 1977 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Papa Panelli
- The Jefferson Curve (1977) ... Papa Panelli
 1977 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
- The Mudworm (1977)
 1976 Blood Bath
Ralph Lambert
 1976 Ball Four (TV Series)
'Cap' Capogrosso
- A Quiet Day at the Iroquois Hotel (1976) ... 'Cap' Capogrosso
- High-Flying Rookie (1976) ... 'Cap' Capogrosso
- The Unpractical Joke (1976) ... 'Cap' Capogrosso
- Work in Progress (1976) ... 'Cap' Capogrosso
 1976 Popi (TV Series)
Mr. Goldman
- Summertime, and the Livin' Ain't Easy (1976) ... Mr. Goldman
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
Mort Kalish
- A Slower Beat (1976) ... Mort Kalish
 1972-1976 All in the Family (TV Series)
Tiny Stilberforce / Tony Vicino
- Archie the Babysitter (1976) ... Tiny Stilberforce
- Archie Sees a Mugging (1972) ... Tony Vicino
 1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Oliver Prey
- The Hammer of C Block (1976) ... Oliver Prey
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
- Steinberg and Son (1975) ... Gabey
 1972 Heat of Anger (TV Movie)
Mr. Stoller
 1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Coach Wylie
- The Quarterback Ache (1972) ... Coach Wylie
 1971 The Partners (TV Series)
Mr. Kellner
- North Is Now South (1971) ... Mr. Kellner
 1971 I Never Promised You a Long Run (Short)
 1971 Desperate Characters
 1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
Judge Palumbo
 1970 Shut Up... I'm Crying (Short)
 1970 Lola
N.Y. Landlord -Loser!!
 1969 Generation
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Jerry Jameson
- Everybody Loved Him (1969) ... Jerry Jameson
 1968 A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer (TV Movie)
 1967 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (TV Series)
Amos Crump (1967-68)

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TV commercial for Alka Seltzer (1969)

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That's a spicy meat-a-ball


Jack Somack acted in amateur productions for many years and didn't break into professional acting until his fifties. In films, he is probably best known for his portrayal of the father of Alexander Portnoy (Richard Benjamin) in "Portnoy's Complaint." But probably his greatest claim to (rather dubious) fame was appearing in the notorious "spicy meatball" Alka-Seltzer commercial in the 1960s. This ... See more »

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