Jack Weston

Jack Weston (born Morris Weinstein; August 21, 1924 – May 3, 1996) was an American actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1976 and a Tony Award in 1981.

Jack Weston
Jack Weston 1971.jpg
Weston in 1971
Morris Weinstein

(1924-08-21)August 21, 1924
DiedMay 3, 1996(1996-05-03) (aged 71)
EducationCleveland Play House
Years active1949–1988
  • (m. 1950, divorced)
  • Laurie Gilkes
    (m. 1993)


Weston, a Cleveland, Ohio native, usually played comic roles in films such as Cactus Flower (1969)[1] and Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).[2] He occasionally took on heavier parts, such as the scheming crook and stalker who, along with Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna, attempts to terrorize and rob a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 film Wait Until Dark.[3]

Weston had numerous other character roles over 25 years, including in major films like The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Gator (1976), Cuba (1979), High Road to China (1983), Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ishtar (1987).[4]

On television he made numerous appearances such as murderer Fred Calvert in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Daring Decoy". In 1961, he was a guest star in the TV drama Route 66, playing the manager of a traveling group of young women nightclub dancers, who mistreats his employees.[5] In 1963, he was a guest star in an episode called "Fatso" in the TV drama The Fugitive.

In 1976, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance in the film The Ritz. In 1981, Weston appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen's comedy The Floating Light Bulb, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor.[6] Other stage appearances included Bells are Ringing in 1956 (with Judy Holliday),[7] The Ritz in 1975,[8] Neil Simon's California Suite (1976)[9] and One Night Stand in 1980.[10]

Weston co-starred in Alan Alda's 1981 film The Four Seasons,[11] and then reprised his role to star in a television series spinoff on CBS.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

By age twelve, Weston was performing at the Cleveland Playhouse as a member of its "Curtain Pullers" youth program. He also appeared in school productions at the city's Parkwood Elementary, Patrick Henry Jr. High, and Glenville High School. Joining the Army in 1943, he served for 28 months, mostly in Italy with the 34th Infantry Division. After the war, he again appeared at the Playhouse in 1945 as Jack Weinstein, and then moved to New York, where former Playhouse director K. Elmo Lowe helped him obtain work managing a USO troupe touring Japan, China, Okinawa and Korea. Afterward, in New York, he joined the American Theater Wing with Lee Strasberg. He didn't advance far professionally, and returned to Cleveland where he met Marge Redmond, another local actress, and the pair relocated to New York and were married there in 1950.[13] Redmond was later noted for her role in the ABC sitcom The Flying Nun. They occasionally appeared together, an example being a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone titled "The Bard". Redmond and Weston divorced.[when?] The couple had no children.

Weston's second marriage was to Laurie Gilkes and they had one child together. They were married until his death from lymphoma on May 3, 1996, after a six-year struggle. He was 71 years old.

Jack was the older brother of Anthony Spinelli, whose birth name was Sam Weinstein and whose first stage name was Sam Weston. The Westons were Jewish.[14]

Selected filmographyEdit

Television appearancesEdit

In 1949, Weston appeared as Mr. Storm in episode 5 of Captain Video and His Video Rangers.[15]

In 1953-54 he appeared as "Wilbur Wormser" on CBS-TV's Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers, a Saturday-morning kiddie show, and he would often be recognized on the street or subway by children in and around New York City.[16]

In 1960 Weston appeared as Otto in Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode 28 season 5 called Forty Detectives Later on April 24, 1960.

In the 1960–1961 television season, Weston appeared as Chick Adams, a reporter, on the CBS sitcom My Sister Eileen.[17]

The next season, 1961–1962, he starred in the short-lived sitcom The Hathaways (ABC), in which he and Peggy Cass adopted a trio of chimpanzees (the Marquis Chimps).[18]

He also made guest appearances on such television series as Peter Gunn, Perry Mason, Rescue 8, The Twilight Zone (episodes "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street", and "The Bard"), The Untouchables, Have Gun – Will Travel, Johnny Staccato, Thriller, The Lawless Years (2 episodes), Route 66, Harrigan and Son, Stoney Burke, Breaking Point, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Gunsmoke, Twelve O'Clock High, Laredo, Tales of the Unexpected, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Carol Burnett Show, All in the Family, and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.[17]


  1. ^ Thompson, Howard. "Review. 'Cactus Flower' Blooms" The New York Times, December 17, 1969
  2. ^ "Review: ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies’" Variety, December 31, 1959
  3. ^ Wait Until Dark tcm.com, accessed March 6, 2016
  4. ^ "Jack Weston Overview, Filmography" tcm.com, accessed March 5, 2016
  5. ^ Route 66 "Like A Motherless Child"
  6. ^ "'The Floating Light Bulb' Broadway" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 5, 2016
  7. ^ "'Bells Are Ringing' Broadway" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 5, 2016
  8. ^ "'The Ritz' Broadway" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 5, 2016
  9. ^ "'California Suite' Broadway" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 5, 2016
  10. ^ "'One Night Stand' Broadway" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 5, 2016
  11. ^ The Four Seasons tcm.com, accessed March 5, 2016
  12. ^ Farber, Stephen. "'Four Seasons' Series Returns to CBS Sunday" The New York Times, April 26, 1984
  13. ^ "From Glenville to Broadway." Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12 February 1957.
  14. ^ http://www.jewishbiography.com/biographies/jack-weston.html
  15. ^ "Captain Video and His Video Rangers". Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  16. ^ Condon, George D. "On the Air." Cleveland Plain Dealer, 28 January 1954.
  17. ^ a b Jack Weston at IMDb
  18. ^ Terrace, Vincent. "The Hathaways", Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed., McFarland, 2008, ISBN 0786486414, p. 439

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