80 (passed away Apr. 2nd, 2002)
Mar. 20th, 1922
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Jack Kruschen's Main TV Roles
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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 his role in The Apartment (1960).
- Performed in radio dramas while still in high school.
- One of the few actors killed by martians in 2 different movies (War of the Worlds (1953) and Angry Red Planet).
- In 1939, Kruschen was already appearing in TV dramas on the Don Lee experimental station in Los Angeles; the programs were beamed out to roughly 200 sets with 3" screens.
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