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Jack Gilford
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    (July 25, 1908-June 4, 1990)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Jacob Aaron Gellman
    Romanian-Jewish heritage
    Acted in 'Hey, Rookie (1944),' 'The Daydreamer (1966),' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966),' 'Who's Minding the Mint? (1967),' 'Catch-22 (1970),' 'They Might Be Giants (1971),' 'Save the Tiger (1973),' 'Wholly Moses (1980),' 'Caveman (1981),' 'Anna to the Infinite Power (1983),' 'Cocoon (1985),' 'Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)' and 'Cocoon: The Return (1988)'
    Portrayed Alex Reiger's father Joe on two episodes of 'Taxi,' Saul on five episodes of 'Soap' and Max Weinstock on two episodes of 'The Golden Girls'
    Guest starred on episodes of 'Car 54, Where Are You?,' 'The Defenders,' 'Get Smart,' ' Night Court' and 'Thirtysomething'
    Died of stomach cancer in New York City at age 81
    His mother was a bootlegger during the Prohibition Era.
    He and his future wife were married to other people when they fell in love and divorced their spouses.
    He was a character actor who played mostly Jewish roles.
    He did impressions and his most famous bit was 'split pea soup coming to a furious boil' exclusively using facial features.
    He lost his only bid for an Oscar in 1974 as Best Supporting Actor for the film 'Save the Tiger' (his co-star Jack Lemmon won as Best Actor).
    He got his showbiz start by being 'discovered' working in a pharmacy by Milton Berle, who became his mentor.
    He adopted his wife's child from a previous marriage.
    His left wing causes for social and political reform caused him to be blacklisted during the 1950s.
    He was a veteran of 18 Broadway plays.
    He endeared himself to young and old alike with his humor for a dozen years in TV Cracker Jack commercials (1960-72).
    He won a Daytime Emmy award in 1979 for a guest appearance on the kiddie series 'Big Blue Marble.'
    He completed his last two movies knowing he had stomach cancer.

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