At the age of 85, actor Jack Warden died Wednesday at a New York hospital. According to his business manager Sidney Pazoff, he had suffered from numerous medical problems in recent years. Warden was twice nominated for a “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” Academy Award: in 1976, for his role as Lester in Shampoo, and in 1979, for the role of Max Corkle in Heaven Can Wait. Likewise, the actor received “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” nods for his work as Harrison ‘Harry’ Fox, Sr. in the 70’s series Crazy Like a Fox. However, the role many people may associate with him best is that of Coach George Halas in Brian’s Song, which Warden won an “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama” Emmy for in 1972.
On the animation front, Warden starred with Maureen Stapleton in two cartoons from Hubley Studios. The year 1972 heard the actor’s voice in Dig, known as the first network Saturday morning cartoon special. Later, Warden could also be found as the voice of Rocko in 1986’s The Cosmic Eye, the only animated feature directed by Faith Hubley. For more information on the life of Jack Warden, please visit The Big Cartoon Database and The Internet Movie Database.