Jack Carter Dies At 93

Posted: Jun 30 2015, 8:16am CDT | by , in Latest Celebrity News


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Jack Carter Dies at 93
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  • Jack Carter dies at 93 years of age after 50 Years Worth of Making People Laugh

Jack Carter died at his home in Beverly Hills due to respiratory failure at the age of 93 which makes his career of almost 50 years of performing comedy live and on screen.

Jack Carter was a name not known to many still it represented a strong foundation in the world of comedy. Jack Carter born Jack Chakrin in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, on June 24, 1922. He was one of three children of Harry Chakrin and the former Anna Borofsky, Jewish immigrants from Russia.

He started dancing on the tables of his father’s restaurant at the age of three and knew he was meant to perform. He fueled his ambition by observing veteran vaudeville comedians in action as he poked into night spots along the boardwalk as a teenager.

He portrayed Cyrano de Bergerac at New Utrecht High School which led to a summer stock role in Christopher Morley’s play “The Trojan Horse” at the Millpond Playhouse in Roslyn, N.Y., on Long Island. His attitude on and off stage led to Morley suggesting that he should go into comedy.

Taking the stage name Carter, he won the Major Bowes radio talent contest with his impressions and jokes and went on to perform on various stages, theaters and nightclubs. He got drafted in World War where he was a part of the Irving Berlin Show to entertain troops.

He came back to feature in a lot of TV shows on ABC. He was also a part of the Saturday Night Revenue. He also had a show of his own The Jack Carter Show which eventually got cancelled. He was also the host of the ABC show “American Minstrels” and then of “Cavalcade of Stars” on the short-lived Dumont network.

He returned to Broadway in 1952 while replacing Phil Silvers as the lead in “Top Banana,” the Johnny Mercer musical about a beleaguered television comedian. He appeared once more Broadway just once more, in the original cast of the 1956 musical comedy “Mr. Wonderful,” which starred Sammy Davis Jr. He later on appeared in Neil Simon comedies “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “The Odd Couple” and “The Sunshine Boys” and even starring in a few musicals, including “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Carter made nearly three dozen movies, including The Horizontal Lieutenant, The Extraordinary Seaman and The Funny Farm, Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, in which he played himself; Hustle with Burt Reynolds, in which he played a strip-club M.C. and The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington in which he played a senator.

He also directed episodes of “Here’s Lucy” and other television series. Mr. Carter was appearing on television even in his 90s, with roles on “Desperate Housewives,” “Parks and Recreation,” “New Girl” and other shows, most recently on “Shameless.”

Mr. Carter was married to Paula Stewart and later to Joan Mann, both marriages ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife, the former Roxanne Stone; two sons, Michael and Chase; a daughter, Wendy Carter; and two grandchildren.

The star died at his Beverly Hills residence due to respiratory failure at the age of 93, according to Telegraph. Family, friends (who still remain) and colleagues remember him as a legend in the world of comedy.

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