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Jack Weston
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    (August 21, 1924-May 3, 1996)
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
    Birth name was Morris Weinstein
    Appeared in the films ‘Imitation of Life’ (1959), ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies’ (1960), ‘Palm Springs Weekend’ (1963), ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ (1965), ‘Wait Until Dark’ (1967), ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ (1968), ‘Cactus Flower’ (1969), ‘A New Leaf’ (1971), ‘The Ritz’ (1976), ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ (1980), ‘The Four Seasons’ (1981), ‘Dirty Dancing’ (1987), and ‘Ishtar’ (1987)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘Bells Are Ringing’ (1956-59), ‘The Ritz’ (1975-76), ‘California Suite’ (1976-77), ‘The Floating Lightbulb’ (1981), and ‘The Tenth Man’ (1989-90)
    Before his acting career took off, he worked as an elevator operator – a job he got because he was the only interviewee who fit the uniform.
    He starred in a short-lived sitcom, ‘The Hathaways,’ as adoptive father of a trio of performing chimpanzees.
    He described himself as a ‘hypochondriac, paranoid, nervous wreck.’
    He said about Los Angeles, ‘If you're an actor and not working and you don't play tennis or golf, you can go stark, raving mad. I know. I lived here for 18 years.’
    He was an infantry machine gunner during World War II.
    He joined the American Theater Wing, where he studied alongside Lee Marvin and Jack Klugman.
    He was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Woody Allen’s comedy ‘The Floating Lightbulb.’
    He enjoyed being a character actor, saying ‘Just let me make movies until the day I die.’

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