Sunday, July 23, 2006

Jack Warden, R.I.P.

We lost another great character actor this past week. Jack Warden was long a favorite actor of mine, going back to when I watched the television show N.Y.P.D. as a child. His work with Warren Beatty is what he will perhaps be best remembered for, but he gave a number of good performances throughout his career. Warden's everyman looks and demeanor made him a great character actor; he was the kind of actor who would make a movie or television show better without calling excessive attention to himself. He seemed like he was a "real" person rather than a star.

In addition to N.Y.P.D., Warden was memorable in the following films:

  • Shampoo

  • Heaven Can Wait

  • Being There

  • Bullets Over Broadway

  • Brian's Song

  • The Verdict

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