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Jack Gilford Ruined EVERYTHING and I DO mean EVERYTHING He Was In

Don't lie and say he didn't, because selling Cracker Jack isn't a career.

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by Anonymousreply 104Last Saturday at 9:16 AM

He certainly ruined my shower.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 6:22 AM

What a gross posting, Op. You a disgruntled relative or something?

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 6:25 AM

[quote]Don't lie and say he didn't, because selling Cracker Jack isn't a career.

And selling Lay's Potato Chips IS?

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by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 6:46 AM

He bought me a pineapple!

by Anonymousreply 4Last Tuesday at 6:50 AM

I mostly agree, OP.

THE LOVE BOAT is in reruns 24/7 on streaming platforms like PLUTO, and it is a treasure trove for pop culture oddities like Jack Gilford, the Landers sisters, Jayne Meadows, Shecky Green. Instantly recognizable to those of us who grew up in the 70s, but why, exactly? Better known from commercials, guest spots, and game shows than for anything else. Apparently, Gilford had legit theatre credits, but you'd never know it to watch him.

Mostly, Gilford and company played themselves (or their "type"), over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Tuesday at 6:53 AM

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

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by Anonymousreply 6Last Tuesday at 6:56 AM

Don't forget Andy Warhol and Lillian Gish, r5.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Tuesday at 6:56 AM

He was terrific in "Cocoon".

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 6:58 AM

From the Wikipedia page:

[quote] Gilford is buried in the Yiddish theater section of Flushing, New York's Mount Hebron Cemetery

How do you get top billing there?

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 7:23 AM

He always wanted me to be happy!

by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 7:42 AM

Don’t know much of him other than his appearance on Golden Girls and that was terrible.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 7:46 AM

Always thought Sophia Petrillo could have done better

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 7:50 AM

Yes, THANK YOU, I hated this guy throughout childhood. Thoroughly irritating man.

When Nick at Nite was first a thing, there were articles about what a genius Gilford was for doing his impression of pea soup on "Taxi." I thought, okay, fine, show me the genius, maybe I've been wrong about him my entire life.

Nope. It made me hate him more.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 7:51 AM

Mediocre and one-note......I can ALMOST watch him in FORUM, but nothing else. His "genius" is non-existent.

But other than that........

by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 8:10 AM

Omg this guy has been my irrational celebrity hatred for years. His goofy face and corny delivery were insufferable.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 8:12 AM

He was fabulous!

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 8:12 AM

I am happy to admit I loved him. He seemed kind & warm. Sort of the anti datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 8:14 AM

Is he dead?

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 8:20 AM

George Gobel would like a word, OP!

by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 8:21 AM

No, Rose (R18), he’s just resting.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 8:34 AM

He was a lovely comic actor.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 8:36 AM

[quote]How do you get top billing there?

Buy early.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Tuesday at 8:42 AM

I agree with OP and R5.

I have a neighbor who behaves like Jack Gilford. It's always a slog, an obstacle, a grind when I have to interact with him.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Tuesday at 8:42 AM

Why in the world did he bother changing his name to about the most Anglo-Saxon name you could have, when he couldn't have looked more Jewish?

by Anonymousreply 24Last Tuesday at 8:44 AM

He was a cute old man character. This thread is ruining my day.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Tuesday at 8:47 AM

R9 Actually, the cemetery he should have aspired to is the one Harry Houdini is buried in, Machpelah in Glendale, Queens.

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by Anonymousreply 26Last Tuesday at 9:01 AM

Agreed. This man always bugged me. Even worse was Burt Mustin who was in every 1960s sitcom. But I remember him most as the man whose father was shot by Jesse James, Bobby’s hero on the Brady Bunch. Maudlin storyline, and Burr must have been 100 years old by then. He should have retired from acting many decades before.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Tuesday at 9:11 AM

Burt Mustin is the bomb. What a bunch of killjoys here today.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Tuesday at 9:42 AM

Burt Mustin was hot.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Tuesday at 10:03 AM

He was good as Alex's estranged father on Taxi. The pea soup coming to a slow boil bit always killed me.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Tuesday at 10:12 AM

He was wonderful in the replacement cast of "The Sunshine Boys" on Broadway. His comic genius may not have translated to movies and television, but he was fucking magic on the stage.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Tuesday at 11:27 AM

His wife Madeline used to win the Ernest Borgnine lookalike contest in the West Village every year. She thought it was a hoot.

And not incidentally, she and Gilford were targeted by HUAC during the McCarthy era (named by Jerome Robbins no less) and went for years having to scrape together a living for their kids. Not exactly chuckle-worthy, but worthy of attention and respect.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Tuesday at 11:59 AM

Louis Guss and Philip Leeds were other similar character actors who popped up in every sitcom. Loveable old men who looked like elderly pugs.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Tuesday at 1:03 PM

Also William Duell who appeared as the old man in the last revival of "Forum", stealing the scene everytime he ran across the stage indicating how many times he had run around the seven hills of Rome. The last time, his character was out of breath, and he just left his fingers at the audience, getting the biggest applause of the night.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Tuesday at 1:11 PM

I thought he was quite good in Save the Tiger (apparently the Academy thought so too as her a Supporting Actor nomination for it).

by Anonymousreply 35Last Tuesday at 1:11 PM

His wife was a very cute Ernest Borgnine

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by Anonymousreply 36Last Tuesday at 1:15 PM

Red Hat lady^^ Cute character.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Tuesday at 1:17 PM

He was great in Save the Tiger, which earned him an oscar nomination.

He was also good on Golden Girls, which earned him an Emmy nomination. He earned double emmy noms that year, also for drama guest actor for Thirtysomething.

And he was in the original Cabaret.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Tuesday at 1:18 PM

Not true, op.

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by Anonymousreply 39Last Tuesday at 1:21 PM

I hate JG but I hated Stiller and Meara much, much more. And those two were truly on everything!

by Anonymousreply 40Last Tuesday at 1:22 PM

You can't hate Anne Meara.

That's just a rule of the DL.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Tuesday at 1:25 PM

Jack Lemmon in Save the Toiguh!

by Anonymousreply 42Last Tuesday at 1:25 PM

He also played the silent king in "Once Upon a Mattress" on stage and I believe the first two TV versions.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Tuesday at 1:31 PM

OP, are you sure you don't hate him because he was a liberal activist?

by Anonymousreply 44Last Tuesday at 1:33 PM

R39...That is a great movie! One of my cable channels show it pretty often. Yes...Jack Gilford with Thelma Ritter as his wife. Pretty raw movie..

by Anonymousreply 45Last Tuesday at 1:34 PM

My sources tell me that Jerry Stiller was a lovely man, R41. Anne Meara was.... difficult. She was fired from both RHODA and ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE, which suggests some of the stories are true.

Yes, in the 70s the two of them were on EVERYTHING when you flipped a channel.

And more than that, they're both responsible for unleashing the living horror that is son and heir Ben Stiller upon us.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Tuesday at 4:34 PM

Ben was pretty funny for a time.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Tuesday at 4:46 PM

[quote]She was fired from both RHODA and ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE, which suggests some of the stories are true.

Never heard of her being fired from anything.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Tuesday at 4:54 PM

I got to know Anne Meara and Ben Stiller in the 90's. Honestly, two of the sweetest people I've ever met. R40 is a scourge!

by Anonymousreply 49Last Tuesday at 5:23 PM

OP has proved the DL is mainly about pointless bitchery.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Tuesday at 5:26 PM

Thank you, OP! Finally someone with the courage to speak truth to power.

by Anonymousreply 51Last Tuesday at 5:29 PM

He was one of those character actors who needs to be placed precisely in a role. If that occurs, it's wonderful and no one else would fit it as well.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Tuesday at 5:31 PM

Next thing you know, OP will complain about Charles Lane.

by Anonymousreply 53Last Tuesday at 8:16 PM

Stiller & Meara were wonderful to my mom. Really lively people.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Tuesday at 8:20 PM

Was he one of the old people in the bed in Willy Wonka?

by Anonymousreply 55Last Tuesday at 8:27 PM

He wouldn't have gotten that [italic]Golden Girls[/italic] role if he hadn't been on [italic]Soap[/italic] first.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Tuesday at 8:30 PM

What a stupid fucking thread.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Tuesday at 8:32 PM

He gave good head. Just sayin.

by Anonymousreply 58Last Tuesday at 8:33 PM

I always skip his Golden Girls episodes.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Tuesday at 8:37 PM

This is DL and I can't believe no one has mentioned his one episode of "Mama's Family"!

"We tried to play Pin the Tail On the Donkey, but we couldn't get the nurse to bend over."

by Anonymousreply 60Last Tuesday at 8:53 PM

R24 Yes, his face says 'Jacob Aaron Gellman'!

by Anonymousreply 61Last Tuesday at 9:26 PM

His cracker jack is not goodish like the poppycock cashew

by Anonymousreply 62Last Wednesday at 3:38 AM

[quote]Gilford is buried in the Yiddish theater section of Flushing, New York's Mount Hebron Cemetery How do you get top billing there?

That's where Streisand will be buried (I know . . . Flushing). Her mother is already there. I have a feeling she will INSIST on top billing.

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by Anonymousreply 63Last Wednesday at 3:47 AM

There is no way Streisand will be buried in Flushing, Queens.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Wednesday at 4:12 AM

Where is Barba's father? She might well want to be near him, wherever he might have landed?

by Anonymousreply 65Last Wednesday at 4:48 AM

A friend's daughter is a nurse in the hospital when Anne Meara spent months before she died. Jerry was there many hours a day.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Wednesday at 4:55 AM

[quote]Where is Barba's father?

I the same cemetery in Flushing.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Wednesday at 5:01 AM

It was Sunday the day we met. And Sunday I can’t forget. He was single and I was single and it was only a moment ago.

by Anonymousreply 68Last Wednesday at 5:33 AM

My goodness. I had no idea that Jack Gilford stirred up such violent emotions in the gay community.

You never know.

by Anonymousreply 69Last Wednesday at 6:10 AM

I know. I only remember him because he was brought up in this thread with his photo. I didn't even know his name. He was never seared in my

by Anonymousreply 70Last Wednesday at 6:33 AM

If she has her own mall, you know she has her own cemetery.

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by Anonymousreply 71Last Wednesday at 10:03 AM

So, there’s a crypt room in the mall?

by Anonymousreply 72Last Wednesday at 10:12 AM

Yes, at the back of the Body Shoppe.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Wednesday at 10:17 AM

OP is an anti-Semite.

by Anonymousreply 74Last Wednesday at 10:23 AM

Whadda you want When you gotta eat somethin’ And it’s gotta be sweet And it’s gotta be a lot And you gotta have it now Whadda you want…

Lip-smackin’, whip-crackin’, paddy-whackin’, knickin’-knackin’, silver-rackin’, scoundrel-whackin’, cracker-jackin’ Cracker Jack

Whadda you get When you open the top And look inside And smack your lips And turn it over and spill it out Whadda you get…

Lip-smackin’, whip-crackin’, paddy-whackin’, knickin’-knackin’, silver-rackin’, scoundrel-whackin’, cracker-jackin’ Cracker Jack

Candy-coated popcorn, peanuts, and a prize That’s what you get in Cracker Jack

by Anonymousreply 75Last Wednesday at 10:30 AM

He threw himself at my Aunt Gert, got her kicked out of her nursing home and conned her out of her social security.

by Anonymousreply 76Last Wednesday at 10:41 AM

[quote] Yes, his face says 'Jacob Aaron Gellman'!

Does Charles Lane's face say 'Charles Gerstle Levison'?

by Anonymousreply 77Last Wednesday at 1:11 PM

[quote]Where is Barba's father?

I don't think they ever mentioned his parents on "SVU."

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by Anonymousreply 78Last Wednesday at 1:13 PM

OP this is how you appear to the world with your ignorant complaints about Jack Gilford

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by Anonymousreply 79Last Wednesday at 1:21 PM

We thought this was hilarious as kids. We listened to it all the time.

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by Anonymousreply 80Last Wednesday at 1:22 PM

No, R61, his face says 'Yankel Gellman'!

by Anonymousreply 81Last Wednesday at 1:24 PM

Why is this film full of geriatrics and nonagenarians?

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by Anonymousreply 82Last Wednesday at 1:27 PM

It's Schlomo Gellman if it's anything.

by Anonymousreply 83Last Wednesday at 1:56 PM

[quote]OP is an anti-Semite.

Liar, I use their luggage all the tiime.

by Anonymousreply 84Last Wednesday at 10:55 PM

[quote]He threw himself at my Aunt Gert, got her kicked out of her nursing home and conned her out of her social security.

It's her fault for investing in his shitty remote doorbell ringer.

by Anonymousreply 85Last Wednesday at 10:56 PM

Dorothy Zbornak got to see him nekkid! Yum.

by Anonymousreply 86Last Thursday at 12:10 AM

I've only see him in the film of Forum and on stage in NNN and The Supporting Cast. Always very likeable and a pleasure to see. Never ruined anything that I know of and an I Hate Jack Gilford thread rates as one of the most bizarre on DL.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Thursday at 12:38 AM

Charles Lane ruined The Lucy Show AND Petticoat Junction - and that's some accomplishment.

by Anonymousreply 88Last Thursday at 6:21 AM

Jack and Madeline weren't blacklisted for nothing, they were Commie sympathizers.

by Anonymousreply 89Last Thursday at 6:26 AM

they should have fried.

by Anonymousreply 90Last Thursday at 6:32 AM

R89 but given that they were communist sympathizers should their careers have been ruined? I'm asking that as a serious question, I'm not being confrontational. Should communist sympathizers be considered like Nazi sympathizers? I believe Lillian Hellman was a Stalinist to the end of her life denying his horrific life as a monster.

by Anonymousreply 91Last Thursday at 2:51 PM

R91, that is a nice bit of disingenuity.

A Communist is different than a Stalinist.

You may disagree with Communism but it does not stigmatize any specific identity group.

But you knew that....

by Anonymousreply 92Last Thursday at 2:56 PM

No my question was genuine.

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by Anonymousreply 94Last Thursday at 3:52 PM

Was he Louis Mayer in Mommie Dearest?

by Anonymousreply 95Last Thursday at 4:03 PM

You're a stupid gash, R89.

by Anonymousreply 96Last Thursday at 8:34 PM

R95 That was Howard da Silva.

by Anonymousreply 97Last Thursday at 9:26 PM

Or Elia Kazan.

by Anonymousreply 98Last Friday at 2:55 AM

Only on Datalounge do we hear someone openly advocating (to a bunch of gay people no less!) the blacklisting of lefties!

This is not the Republican convention! That does not fly here!

by Anonymousreply 99Last Friday at 4:10 AM

He was a meeskite!

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by Anonymousreply 101Last Friday at 7:23 AM

Ginger Rogers, a pile of bones.

by Anonymousreply 102Last Friday at 7:49 AM

Ginger Rogers passed?

by Anonymousreply 103Last Friday at 2:09 PM

Everything but the bar on lady's night

by Anonymousreply 104Last Saturday at 9:16 AM
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