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Jack Warden (born John Warden Lebzelter Jr.; September 18, 1920 – July 19, 2006) was an American character actor of film and television whose career spanned across five decades and encompassed a wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles.

Born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Warden was a professional boxer in his youth and served in the U.S. Navy for four years, followed by stints in the Merchant Marine and (during World War II) as an Army paratrooper with the famed 501st Infantry Regiment. Following the war he studied acting on the G.I. Bill, then spent several years performing on the stage and in small television roles before breaking into film.

He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor—for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978)—and won an Emmy Award for his performance in Brian's Song (1971).

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