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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Glendale, California, USA  (heart attack)
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vic Tayback was born on January 6, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Alice (1976), Bullitt (1968) and All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989). He was married to Sheila McKay Barnard. He died on May 25, 1990 in Glendale, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Sheila McKay Barnard (16 March 1963 - 25 May 1990) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Gravelly voice with New York accent

Trivia (13)

Had Syrian Arabic ancestry.
Parents are Najeeb James and Helen Tayback.
During his struggling actor days, he worked for various temporary employment agencies between acting gigs, including the Kelly Corporation. When the big, imposing Tayback showed up for work at a bank one morning with "Hi. I'm your Kelly Girl bank teller," no one was about to argue the point.
Attended and graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, California in 1949. Debbie Reynolds also attended and graduated from Burbank High School in 1950.
Best remembered for his role as diner owner Mel Sharples on the situation comedy Alice (1976).
Tayback had a listed number in the phone book. When his local phone company decided to pay tribute to his listed number by putting him on the cover, he got so many phone calls he had to change it to unlisted.
Has appeared in both the first (Tales from the Darkside: The New Man (1984)) and last (Tales from the Darkside: Basher Malone (1988)) episodes of Tales from the Darkside (1983).
His son Christopher Tayback graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and Harvard Law School in 1989. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County from 1989-1991, then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, Criminal Division. He is currently (2010) a trial lawyer with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Los Angeles.
Winner of two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award nomination for his role of Mel Sharples on the situation comedy Alice (1976).
Served in the United States Navy before starting his career as an actor at age 25.
With fellow actors Richard Chamberlain and Sally Kellerman, he founded the theatre group Company of Angels in Los Angeles.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
His brother Joe had a career in radio and owned am station KAZM, which was, for many years, the only radio station in Sedona, Arizona.

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