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      Jack Gilford

      Jack Gilford

      Highest Rated: 88% The Incident (1967)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

      Birthday: Jul 25, 1908

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Oscar-nominated comedic actor Jack Gilford got his start performing at nightclub amateur nights in the 1930s. There he developed a keen comedic timing and was known for his rubber-faced antics, pantomimes, and impressions. Though he had broken into film and television by the 1940s, his career was stunted in the 1950s when Gilford's outspoken tendencies on politics drew the attention of show biz career killers, the House Un-American Activities Committee (or HUAC). Both Gilford and his wife, actress Madeline Lee Gilford, were blacklisted as a result, and so they struggled to find work throughout the '50s. But as the decade drew to a close, so did the McCarthy Era, and by 1963, Gilford and another former blacklisted actor Zero Mostel were on Broadway in the wildly popular Rome-set farce "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The pair reprised their roles in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in 1966, earning the once-ostracized Gilford much deserved praise. In 1973, Gilford garnered an Oscar nod for his role opposite Jack Lemmon in the struggling businessman drama "Save the Tiger." Gilford went on to appear regularly in television, commercials, and films including a memorable role as the pessimistic Bernie in the touching science fiction drama "Cocoon." However, after a three-year struggle with stomach cancer, Gilford died at the age of 81. His son Joe scripted a play about his parents' Red Scare experiences titled "FINKS," which centers on the tragedy of the Gilfords' blacklisting.

      Highest rated movies

      The Incident
      Save the Tiger
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      Cocoon
      Catch-22
      They Might Be Giants
      Harry and Walter Go to New York
      Enter Laughing

      Photos

      A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, Zero Mostel, 1966 CATCH-22, Jack Gilford, Alan Arkin, 1970 WHO'S MINDING THE MINT?, Jack Gilford, 1967 RECKLESS AGE, Judy Clark, Jack Gilford, 1944 SAVE THE TIGER, Norman Burton, Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, 1973 SAVE THE TIGER, Jack Gilford, Jack Lemmon, 1973. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ONTHE WAY TO THE FORUM, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, 1966 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ONTHE WAY TO THE FORUM, Leon Greene (in back), Jack Gilford, 1966 SAVE THE TIGER, Jack Gilford, 1973 SAVE THE TIGER, Jack Gilford, Jack Lemmon, 1973 COCOON, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Don Ameche, 1985, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE INCIDENT, Jack Gilford, 1967 HEY, ROOKIE, Jack Gilford 1944 COCOON: THE RETURN, Jack Gilford, 1988. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. ENTER LAUGHING, Jack Gilford, 1967 COCOON, Herta Ware, Jack Gilford, 1985, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. CATCH-22, Jack Gilford, Norman Fell, Alan Arkin, Anthony Perkins, 1970 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Jack Gilford, Zero Mostel, 1966 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Jack Gilford, Leon Greene, 1966 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Jack Gilford, Zero Mostel, 1966

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      31% 34% Cocoon: The Return Bernard "Bernie" Lefkowitz (Character) $18.5M 1988
      13% 30% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Mr. Butterworth (Character) $14.1M 1988
      No Score Yet 50% Young Again The Angel (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostage Flight Mr. Singer (Character) - 1985
      82% 60% Cocoon Bernie Lefkowitz (Character) $75.9M 1985
      No Score Yet 56% Anna to the Infinite Power Dr. Jelliff (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Bernie Nelson (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Max (Character) - 1983
      33% 55% Caveman Gog (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood Wally (Character) - 1981
      14% 39% Wholly Moses! Tailor (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheaper to Keep Her Stanley Bracken (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tubby the Tuba The Herald (Voice) - 1977
      50% 32% Harry and Walter Go to New York Mischa (Character) - 1976
      86% 74% Save the Tiger Phil Greene (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Thee I Sing Alexander Throttlebottom (Character) - 1972
      61% 74% They Might Be Giants Wilbur Peabody (Character) - 1971
      81% 76% Catch-22 Dr. "Doc" Daneeka (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 74% Who's Minding the Mint? Avery Dugan (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Incidente Unknown (Character) - 1967
      88% 87% The Incident Sam Beckerman (Character) - 1967
      50% 38% Enter Laughing Mr. Foreman (Character) - 1967
      83% 77% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Hysterium (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 51% Mister Buddwing Mr. Schwartz (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer Papa Andersen (Character) - 1966

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Head of the Class Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Old Gentleman (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Max Weinstock (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Court Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      70% No Score Yet Duck Factory Unknown (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Max (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1979 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 62% Taxi Joe Reiger (Guest Star) 1979 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Littlest Hobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet 93% Soap Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Associates Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Michael Eglash (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Howard Liebowitz (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1972-1973
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. Broken Bow (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Unknown (Guest Star) 1968