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 Jack Kruschen

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Jack Kruschen Famous memorial

Birth
Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Death
2 Apr 2002 (aged 80)
Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID
6809465 View Source

Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the level-headed Dr. Dreyfuss in "The Apartment" (1960). Born Jacob Kruschen, his family immigrated to the United States while still a child and after completing his formal education at the prestigious Hollywood High School, he began his professional career working as a radio actor. Following his service in World War II, upon returning to civilian life, he returned to California and after being befriended by fellow actor Frank Loesser, he began his career in the film industry beginning with a supporting role in musical comedy "Red, Hot, and Blue" (1949). From there, he would go on to flourish as a notable character actor appearing in over 100 features; often typecast as husbands, fathers, aristocrats, foreigners, curmudgeons, landlords, neighbors, eccentrics, retail clerks, businessmen, city slickers, bartenders, white-collared workers, gangsters, detectives, reporters, athletes, military men, and patriarchs. He appeared in such feature films as "Women from Headquarters" (1950), "Meet Danny Wilson" (1951), "Tropical Heat Wave" (1952), "The War of the Worlds" (1953), "Tennessee Champ" (1954), "Soldier of Fortune" (1955), "Julie" (1956), "Hear Me Good" (1957), "Cry Terror!" (1958), "The Buccaneer" (1958), "Beloved Infidel" (1959), "Seven Ways from Sundown" (1960), "Lover Come Back" (1961), "Cape Fear' (1962), "McLintock!" (1963), "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964), "Harlow" (1965), "The Happening" (1967), "The Million Dollar Duck" (1971), "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), "Satan's Cheerleaders" (1977), "Under the Rainbow" (1981), "Money to Burn" (1983), "Perry Ante: The Motion Picture" (1990), and "Till There Was You" (1997). During the advent of television, he became an even more familiar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "I Married Joan," "Our Miss Brooks," "Treasury Men in Action," "Damon Runyon Theatre," "Screen Directors Playhouse," "It's a Great Life," "Man Against Crime," "Crusader," "Gunsmoke," "The Life of Riley," "The Adventures of Jim Bowie," "Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre," "Lux Video Theatre," "Adventures of Superman," "The Frank Sinatra Show," "Target," "Zorro," "Northwest Passage," "Behind Closed Doors," "Rescue 8," "Sugarfoot," "Dragnet," "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "The Untouchables," "Goodyear Theatre," "Black Saddle," "The Rifleman," "Hong Kong," "Michael Shayne," "Harrigan and Son," "Cain's Hundreds," "Mister Ed," "I Spy," "Bonanza," "Ironside," "Daniel Boone," "Emergency!," "Love, American Style," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Columbo," "McCloud," "The Rockford Files," "Medical Center," "Ellery Queery," "Bronk," "The Magical World of Disney," "Busting Loose," "The Incredible Hulk," "Alice," "Little House on the Prairie," "Hart to Hart," "WKRP in Cincinnati," "Barney Miller," "The A-Team," "Silver Spoons," "Hill Street Blues," "Remington Steele," "Hotel," "Matt Houston," "Magnum, P.I.," "Material World," "Webster," "Matlock," "Murder, She Wrote," "Living Single," "Empty Nest," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "Murphy Brown". During his career, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, held dual citizenship between the United States and Canada, had been a regular parishioner of the Temple Israel of Hollywood, was an active member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, had been the 1960 nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, presided as a chairman for his local charters of the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs, was one of the founding members of the Canyon Theatre Guild, had been a theatrical instructor for the Pasadena Playhouse, and he was married to fellow actresses Marjorie Ullman from 1947 to 1961, Violet Mooring from 1962 to 1978, and Mary Bender from 1979 to 2002 (his first union ended in divorce, his second upon Mooring's death, and his third upon his own death, with two children produced from his first marriage). Following his retirement in 1997, he spent the final years of his life dividing time between his homes in Canada and Arizona, was a regular attendee at autograph conventions, and he was a generous benefactor for several public schools and state parks, until his death from the complications of natural causes.

Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the level-headed Dr. Dreyfuss in "The Apartment" (1960). Born Jacob Kruschen, his family immigrated to the United States while still a child and after completing his formal education at the prestigious Hollywood High School, he began his professional career working as a radio actor. Following his service in World War II, upon returning to civilian life, he returned to California and after being befriended by fellow actor Frank Loesser, he began his career in the film industry beginning with a supporting role in musical comedy "Red, Hot, and Blue" (1949). From there, he would go on to flourish as a notable character actor appearing in over 100 features; often typecast as husbands, fathers, aristocrats, foreigners, curmudgeons, landlords, neighbors, eccentrics, retail clerks, businessmen, city slickers, bartenders, white-collared workers, gangsters, detectives, reporters, athletes, military men, and patriarchs. He appeared in such feature films as "Women from Headquarters" (1950), "Meet Danny Wilson" (1951), "Tropical Heat Wave" (1952), "The War of the Worlds" (1953), "Tennessee Champ" (1954), "Soldier of Fortune" (1955), "Julie" (1956), "Hear Me Good" (1957), "Cry Terror!" (1958), "The Buccaneer" (1958), "Beloved Infidel" (1959), "Seven Ways from Sundown" (1960), "Lover Come Back" (1961), "Cape Fear' (1962), "McLintock!" (1963), "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964), "Harlow" (1965), "The Happening" (1967), "The Million Dollar Duck" (1971), "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), "Satan's Cheerleaders" (1977), "Under the Rainbow" (1981), "Money to Burn" (1983), "Perry Ante: The Motion Picture" (1990), and "Till There Was You" (1997). During the advent of television, he became an even more familiar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "I Married Joan," "Our Miss Brooks," "Treasury Men in Action," "Damon Runyon Theatre," "Screen Directors Playhouse," "It's a Great Life," "Man Against Crime," "Crusader," "Gunsmoke," "The Life of Riley," "The Adventures of Jim Bowie," "Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre," "Lux Video Theatre," "Adventures of Superman," "The Frank Sinatra Show," "Target," "Zorro," "Northwest Passage," "Behind Closed Doors," "Rescue 8," "Sugarfoot," "Dragnet," "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "The Untouchables," "Goodyear Theatre," "Black Saddle," "The Rifleman," "Hong Kong," "Michael Shayne," "Harrigan and Son," "Cain's Hundreds," "Mister Ed," "I Spy," "Bonanza," "Ironside," "Daniel Boone," "Emergency!," "Love, American Style," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Columbo," "McCloud," "The Rockford Files," "Medical Center," "Ellery Queery," "Bronk," "The Magical World of Disney," "Busting Loose," "The Incredible Hulk," "Alice," "Little House on the Prairie," "Hart to Hart," "WKRP in Cincinnati," "Barney Miller," "The A-Team," "Silver Spoons," "Hill Street Blues," "Remington Steele," "Hotel," "Matt Houston," "Magnum, P.I.," "Material World," "Webster," "Matlock," "Murder, She Wrote," "Living Single," "Empty Nest," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "Murphy Brown". During his career, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, held dual citizenship between the United States and Canada, had been a regular parishioner of the Temple Israel of Hollywood, was an active member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, had been the 1960 nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, presided as a chairman for his local charters of the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs, was one of the founding members of the Canyon Theatre Guild, had been a theatrical instructor for the Pasadena Playhouse, and he was married to fellow actresses Marjorie Ullman from 1947 to 1961, Violet Mooring from 1962 to 1978, and Mary Bender from 1979 to 2002 (his first union ended in divorce, his second upon Mooring's death, and his third upon his own death, with two children produced from his first marriage). Following his retirement in 1997, he spent the final years of his life dividing time between his homes in Canada and Arizona, was a regular attendee at autograph conventions, and he was a generous benefactor for several public schools and state parks, until his death from the complications of natural causes.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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  • Originally Created by: Cinnamonntoast4
  • Added: 29 Sep 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6809465
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6809465/jack-kruschen: accessed ), memorial page for Jack Kruschen (20 Mar 1922–2 Apr 2002), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6809465, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.