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Overview (3)

Born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from pneumonia)
Birth NameJoseph Mantel

Mini Bio (1)

Joe Mantell was born on December 21, 1915 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Mantel. He was an actor, known for Chinatown (1974), The Birds (1963) and Marty (1955). He was married to Mary Frank. He died on September 29, 2010 in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Mary Frank (1955 - 29 September 2010) ( his death) ( 3 children)

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Prolific American character actor who appeared on the Broadway stage and later became a familiar face guesting in a staple of classic television series in the 50's and 60's. He was the son of an émigré Austrian butcher and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to his work on the original "Twilight Zone", he is also fondly remembered as Jack Nicholson's partner in Chinatown (1974), who speaks the final line in the film: "Forget it Jake. It's Chinatown".
He served in the Army during World War II and, some time between his discharge and his film debut, in 1949, he changed his name, adding an "L" and altering the pronunciation from "MON-tle" to "man-TELL.".
He had three children with his wife, Mary: son, Robert; and daughters, Jeanne, and Cathy.
Known for uttering one of the most famous ending lines to a movie: "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown.".

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