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Ignatius "Iggie" Wolfington (October 14, 1919 – September 30, 2004) was an American actor. He was the youngest member of the prominent Wolfington family of Philadelphia, operators of a carriage business early in the 20th century and brother of the founder of Wolfington Body Company in Exton, Pennsylvania. He married Lynn Wood, an actress, in 1972.[1][2]

Iggie Wolfington
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Born
Ignatius Wolfington

(1919-10-14)October 14, 1919
DiedSeptember 30, 2004(2004-09-30) (aged 84)
Spouse(s)Lynn Wood (1972-2004)
AwardsLife Achievement Award (1984)

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Early lifeEdit

Wolfington was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended West Philadelphia Catholic High School,[3] then studied at the Bessie V. Hicks School of Drama.[1]

Wolfington served with distinction in the 102nd Infantry Division (United States) at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He received a battlefield commission as a first lieutenant. He was awarded the Silver Star for his role in saving thirty men. He also received the Purple Heart for wounds he received in battle. At his death he was buried with full military honors, at Arlington National Cemetery.[1][2]

CareerEdit

A life member of The Actors Studio,[4] Wolfington is best known for originating the role of Marcellus Washburn in the Broadway musical The Music Man, starring Robert Preston, which earned Wolfington a nomination for the 1958 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. Buddy Hackett was cast in the role for the 1962 movie version. Wolfington appeared as Mayor Shinn in the short-lived 1980 Broadway revival of The Music Man, starring Dick Van Dyke. He also played the role of Chef Ellsworth in "Mrs. McThing",[5] a 1952 play which featured Helen Hayes.[1][2]

Wolfington worked in the earliest days of live television, then later became a familiar face on TV appearing in several popular programs including Gunsmoke, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show, The Waltons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Fantasy Island, and The Rockford Files. He made a few television movies,[1][2] and also appeared in TV commercials. Wolfington appeared in several motion pictures including Penelope (1966), Hex (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974), The Strongest Man in the World (1975), Telefon (1977) and 1941 (1979).[1][2]

Labor union officerEdit

For many years, Wolfington was a council member of the Actors' Equity Association, a New York City-based labor union for stage actors. In 1969, he saw the need for a West Coast office of the Actors' Fund of America to provide medical and financial assistance to actors beyond New York. Until that time, stage actors outside of New York had experienced difficulty securing adequate support from the headquarters there. Wolfington handled over 10,000 cases in the fifteen years preceding his 2004 death in Studio City, California.[1][2]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Penelope Store Owner
1973 Hex Bandmaster
1974 Herbie Rides Again Lawyer - Second Team
1975 The Strongest Man in the World Mr. Becker
1977 Telefon Father Stuart Diller
1979 1941 Meyer Mishkin
1988 Daddy's Boys Marriage Licensor

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Actors Equity Archive
  2. ^ a b c d e f Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004
  3. ^ "West Catholic Preparatory High School". westcatholic.org. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  4. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  5. ^ IMDb

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