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Two-Time Oscar Nominee Jack Warden Passes At 85

July 23rd, 2006 12:00pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Veteran actor Jack Warden has died in New York. He was 85.

The Emmy-winning Heaven Can Wait star, who was twice nominated for an Academy Award, was born John H Lebzelter in September, 1920. He was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was expelled from Du Pont Manuel High School for fighting and decided to put his violent streak to good use in the boxing ring.

After boxing professionally, he then joined the Navy in the late 1930s, and served in China before becoming a Merchant Marine and later signing up for the US Army, where he became a paratrooper with the elite 101st Airborne Division. A training injury landed him in hospital, where Warden became inspired to act after reading a play. He turned professional in 1947, making his TV debut a year later and enjoyed steady work until 1952 when he earned his big Broadway, New York break in Golden Boy.

His movie career took off shortly afterwards with an impressive debut opposite Lee Marvin in You're In The Navy Now. The 1950s also saw Warden appear in movie classics From Here To Eternity, Twelve Angry Men and Run Silent Run Deep.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Warden became a regular face on TV in the US and won an Emmy for his portrayal of an American football coach in drama Brian's Song in the early 70s. But Warden will perhaps be best remembered for two Warren Beatty film in the 1970s - Heaven Can Wait and Shampoo - and his role as a newspaper editor in All The President's Men.

He retired to New York after filming Keanu Reeves sports film The Replacements in 2000.

Warden is survived by his wife of 48 years, former French actress Vanda Dupre, and their son Christopher.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)


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