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PostSubject: All In The Family   Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:02 am

All In The Family's Harry The Bartender has passed away....................................





The prolific character actor, with credits from 'The Twlight Zone' to 'Seinfeld,' was everywhere on television from 1955 until his retirement in the mid-1990s.

Jason Wingreen, who played Harry the bartender on All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place and provided the voice of the bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has died. He was 95.

The recognizable character actor, who has almost 200 credits listed on IMDb, died at his home in Los Angeles on Christmas Day, his son, Ned, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Name a TV show, and Wingreen was probably on it.

The Brooklyn native appeared in three episodes of The Twilight Zone, most notably portraying the real train conductor in the 1960 episode in “A Stop at Willoughby.”

He played a Chicago police caption on The Untouchables, a major on 12 O’Clock High and Judge Arthur Beaumont on Matlock; did six episodes apiece of The Fugitive, The FBI and Ironside, appearing as 18 different characters; and died a memorable death as Dr. Linke on the 1968 Star Trek episode “The Empath.”

And in Airplane (1980), he played a doctor from the Mayo Clinic who is seen talking on the phone as a beating heart bounces all over his desk.

Wingreen portrayed Harry Snowden, the Kelsey's barkeep with the sympathetic ear, for 117 episodes and seven seasons of the CBS sitcoms All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, both starring Carroll O’Connor. The role, which kept him employed from 1976 until 1983, “allowed me to retire, let me put it that way,” he said in a 2010 interview on The Classic TV History Blog.

“I loved it. It was wonderful. We worked from Tuesday on to the rest of the week. Monday, you had [off], to go to the bank and the laundry. We’d arrive on Tuesday morning, we’d sit around, read the script. We’d start laughing in the morning and laugh until 5 o’clock, when we’d quit. I mean, how could you not like it?”

On The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Wingreen auditioned for the part of Yoda. He didn’t get that role (Frank Oz did), but he was given four lines of dialogue spoken by the masked Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter who captures Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

“I think the actual work, aside from the hellos and goodbyes and all that, could have been no more than 10 minutes,” he said. He received no credit for his work (it didn’t become publicly known that the voice was his until about 2000) and lamented that he received no residuals for the performance — especially since it’s Wingreen heard on some Boba Fett action figures.

The son of a tailor, Wingreen was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Brooklyn and raised in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens. He wanted to be a sportswriter and attended Brooklyn College, where he took his first acting class. His first show business job was with a marionette company.

After serving in World War II, Wingreen was one of the founders of the famed Circle in the Square theater company in New York's Greenwich Village, and he appeared for the first time on Broadway in two 1954 plays: The Girl on the Via Flaminia and Fragile Fox.

In 1956, Wingreen starred on the first installment of the CBS anthology series Playhouse 90, an episode that was written by future Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.

He made his movie debut in The Bravados (1958), starring Gregory Peck, and also appeared on the big screen in A Guide for the Married Man (1967), Marlowe (1969), They Only Kill Their Masters (1972), The Terminal Man (1974), Oh, God! You Devil (1984).

He retired after appearances on Seinfeld and In the Heat of the Night in the 1990s.

In addition to his son, survivors include two grandchildren and his sister, Harriet Wingreen, for decades an orchestra pianist for the New York Philharmonic.



WINGREEN, Jason
Born: 10/9/1920, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/25/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Jason Wingreen’s westerns – screenwriter, actor:
The True Story of Jesse James – 1957 (Peter)
The Bravados – 1958 (hotel clerk)
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1958 (Degnan)
Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1959
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1969 (gambling proprietor)
Wanted Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 (Nick Peters)
Bonanza (TV) – 1963, 1964, 72 (Hank, Luke, Graham)
The Loner (TV) – 1965 (Lucas)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 (Ketchie)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (hotel clerk)
The Rounders (TV) – 1966 (Shorty Dawes)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Ira Jackson)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966 (policeman) [screenwriter]
The Road West (TV) – 1967 (Norman Todd)
Lancer (TV) – 1968, 1969, 1970 (clerk, Henry Wilkes)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (Mr. Glass)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1968 (Milby)
Cheyenne Social Club – 1970 (Dr. Farley Carter)
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971 (Sgt. Egan)
The Skin Game – 1971 (2nd speaker)
The Magnificent 7 Ride - 1972 (warden)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1972 (Dr. Cleery)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Mr. Kennemer)
Honky Tonk - 1974
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1976  (waiter)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Brannon)


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PostSubject: Re: All In The Family   Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:17 am

Great actor and added to the already great cast of All in the Family. Miss the quality of many shows of that time.
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PostSubject: Re: All In The Family   Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:35 am

It begs the question........

How good would the Andy Griffith Show been without Don Knots?

How good would Little House have been without Scottie MacGregor?

In all reality, the Stars are just a small part of it. Lucille Ball always said that you can learn more from the character actors than any major star living and she was right....


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PostSubject: Re: All In The Family   Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:08 pm

I agree, without the Mertz's, Lucy would have been flatter. Andy always gave Don Knotts kudos for his acting and disliked how some thought he really was that much of a buffoon, it was just great acting.
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PostSubject: Re: All In The Family   Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: All In The Family   Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:27 pm

RIP! How sad!


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