Jack Albertson (1907-1981) was an American actor known for his work in film, television, and theater. He began his career as a vaudeville performer in the 1920s and later transitioned to stage acting, where he appeared in productions on Broadway and in regional theater. He made his film debut in the 1940s and went on to have a successful career in Hollywood, appearing in over 100 films.
Albertson is perhaps best known for his role as Grandpa Joe in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” He also played supporting roles in films such as “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) and “The Subject Was Roses” (1968) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also had a successful television career, winning three Emmy Awards for his role as Ed Brown on the television series “Chico and the Man” (1974-1978).
Throughout his career, Albertson worked with some of the most respected actors, directors and producers of his time, such as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. He was also a respected theater actor, and won a Tony award for his performance in the Broadway production of “The Subject Was Roses” in 1964.
Albertson died of cancer in 1981, he was 74. He left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and is remembered as a versatile and talented actor.