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Jack Albertson Biography

Birth Place:
Malden, Massachusetts, United States
Actor, dancer, singer

Fast Facts

  • Before segueing into acting, worked in vaudeville and burlesque, performing with the Dancing Verselle Sisters troupe, among others
  • Made his feature debut in the 1938 romantic comedy Next Time I Marry
  • Put in memorable appearances in the big-screen blockbusters Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  • Best known for his role as Ed Brown on the '70s sitcom Chico and the Man
  • One of just a handful of actors to win a Tony (for The Subject Was Roses), an Oscar (for The Subject Was Roses) and an Emmy (for Cher and Chico and the Man)
  • Ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean after cremation


  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: winner
  • 1968Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner