Jack Albertson was an American actor, comedian, dancer and singer who also performed in vaudeville. Albertson was a Tony, Oscar, and Emmy winning actor. For his performance as John Cleary in the 1964 play The Subject Was Roses and its 1968 film adaptation, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other roles include Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure, and Ed Brown in the television sitcom Chico and the Man, for which he won an Emmy. For his contributions to the television industry, Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977 at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard.

Birth Name

Harold Albertson


Jack Albertson, John Alberts


Actor, Stage Artist, Voice Actor, Comedian, Dancer, Radio Personality, Singer



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Jack Albertson was born on the 16th of July 1997, in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States.

Date of Death

He died on the 25th of November 1981, from colon cancer at the age of 74 in his home in Los Angeles.

Sun Sign




He had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.




Albertson dropped out of high school.

Family Details

  • Father – Leopold Albertson
  • Mother – Flora
  • Siblings – Mabel Albertson

Marital Status



Girlfriend / Spouse

Jack Albertson had dated –

  • June Wallace Thomson (1952-1981) – In 1952, Albertson got married to June Wallace Thomson and they were blessed with a daughter named Maura Dhu Studi. The couple remained together until Jack’s death in 1981.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 11 inches
  • In centimeters – 181 cm
  • In meters – 1.81 m


  • In Kilograms – 80 kg
  • In Pounds – 177 lbs

Body Build


Eye Color

Blue Brown

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Jack known for his roles as Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure and Grandpa Joe in 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and as Ed Brown in the 1974-1978 television sitcom Chico and the Man.

Film Debut

In 1938, Albertson had his first film onscreen role in the movie, Next Time I Marry.

Jack Albertson Net worth

Jack Albertson had an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2023.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jack Albertson

  • Albertson was born on the 16th of July 1997, in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.
  • His father left his mother before Jack was born and Jack was then raised by his stepfather.
  • After dropping out of high school, Jack Albertson worked at several different jobs including the local General Electric plant; in one of many shoe factories in the Lynn, Massachusetts area; and as a rack boy in neighborhood pool parlors, where he was a fairly good pool hustler.
  • It was the pool hall that provided Albertson with an opportunity to learn a few tap dance routines from his fellow hustlers.
  • Jack sang with a group named The Golden Rule Four, which held its practice sessions beneath a railroad bridge.
  • In 1968, he co-starred as John Cleary in the film The Subject Was Roses and this performance won him the Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category.
  • In 1978, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer but he kept the information private and continued to act.
  • Albertson was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.


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