1907 - 1981
"Ninety per cent of the things you do in this business are crap."
Poseidon Adventure! My very first PG film ever. This guy was all
right. Except for the fact that he and Art Carney were the same person.
Best known for his role in Chico and the Man, opposite
Freddie Prinze. When Freddie was going through his problems with drugs, they had
Jack work the dialogue into the show that Chico was "staying out too
late" to explain Freddie's gaunt appearance. After Freddie died, the
show floundered desperately for one more season
Jack was living in the Hollywood Hills on Sunset
Plaza Drive, with his wife, Wallace. They lived at 1618. Here's the house.
The Man had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 1978. He told friends about
his disease, but kept it a secret from the public. His comments on the issue:
"Actors need jobs too much, we can survive any kind of publicity but
Jack was in remission until the last several weeks of his life, when "it
kind of took hold," according to Jack's publicist, Tom Masters. He knew it
was fatal, yet he kept on working, and playing golf. Even joked about it.
He died on Wednesday November 25th, 1981 at 1:30 in the afternoon.
His wife Wallace was with him. He was 74 years old.
Tom Masters went up to the house before Jack's body was removed. "He was
lying there with a smile on his face," said Tom. How they got his body out
of the house, is beyond me. Look
at how steep it is.
Jack was cremated on the 30th of November, and there was a
memorial service held on December 3rd. No word on what's
happened to his ashes.
He was also Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka. That was
cool, although it creeps me out that all those people shared the same bed. If
they never got out of bed, how did they go to the toilet?
One of Jack's last acting jobs was a television film, "Grandpa,
Will You Run With Me?" starring the illustrious Quinn Cummings. Now
tell me, when was the last time you heard that name mentioned? Was
she not the most annoying little troll in the world? The TV flick was released
posthumously, and if I was Jack, I would have reached from beyond the grave, lit
a match to all prints of the film, and smacked little Quinn Cummings.
Trivia: Jack was one of the rare performers that earned a Tony, and Emmy and
an Oscar. One of three, I think.
More: Jack was the sister of "Frank,
I have one of my sick headaches" Mabel Albertson, Samantha's mother-in-law
I thank Bob Siler again, for providing the obituary for this story. Thanks as
UPDATE, March 2004, from Findadeath friend
Scott Cokeley: Jack Albertson....it mentions "not sure where his ashes
went".....according to the Internet Movie Database, his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean
Thanks for the info, Scott and
Mark for the snappos