Richard Jaeckel Biography

Birthday: 1926-10-10
Place of Birth: Long Beach, Long Island
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Stocky tough-guy character actor Richard Jaeckel remains one of Hollywood's most prolific supporting stars. Born in Long Island, New York, on October 10, 1926, Jaeckel's family moved to Los Angeles when he was still in his teens. After graduation from Hollywood High School, Jaeckel was discovered by a casting director while working as a mailboy for 20th Century-Fox. Although he had some reluctance to act, Jaeckel accepted a key part in the war epic Guadalcanal Diary (1943) and remained in films for over 50 years, graduating from playing baby-faced teenagers (like Dick Clark, Jaeckel never seemed to age) to gunfighters and hired killers with ease. From 1944-48 he served in the US Navy, and after his discharge he co-starred in Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) with John Wayne. Jaeckel's other notable roles in films include one of a trio of GIs accused of raping a German girl in Town Without Pity (1961)--a standout performance--and The Dirty Dozen (1967) as tough MP Sgt. Clyde Bowren, who goes along on the mission to keep an eye on the prisoners he's trained, a role he reprised in a made-for-TV sequel in 1985. Jaeckel also received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his funny but tragic performance in Sometimes a Great Notion (1970). Although he appeared in over 70 films, he was very active in television series such as "Frontier Circus" (1961), "Banyon" (1971), "Firehouse" (1973), "Salvage 1" (1979), "At Ease" (1983), "Spenser: For Hire" (1985) and "Supercarrier" (1988). From 1991-94 he played Lt. Ben Edwards on the hit series "Baywatch" (1989). He passed away after a three-year battle with melanoma cancer on June 14, 1997, at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Jaeckel was 70 years old.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Wing and a Prayer 1944 Action
The Lineup 1958 Crime
Frontier Circus Tony Gentry 1961 Drama
The Dirty Dozen Sergeant Bowren 1967 Action
Banyon Lt. Pete McNeil 1972 - 1973
Firehouse Hank Myers 1974 - 1974
Salvage 1 Jack Klinger 1979 Adventure
Starman George Fox 1984 Adventure
Spenser: For Hire Lt. Martin Quirk 1985 - 1986 Crime
Ball Boys Bettis 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Guadalcanal Diary 1943 Action, Drama
Wing and a Prayer 1945 Action, Drama
Battleground 1949 Romance, 0
The Gunfighter 1950 Fantasy
Sands of Iwo Jima 1950 Action, Drama
Come Back, Little Sheba 1952 Biography
Big Leaguer Bobby Bronson 1953
The Violent Men 1955
The Lineup 1958 Crime, Drama
The Gallant Hours 1960 Drama
Flaming Star 1960 Drama
Town Without Pity 1961
4 for Texas 1963 Comedy
Once Before I Die 1965
The Dirty Dozen Sergeant Bowren 1967 0
The Green Slime Commander Vince Elliott 1969 Drama, Horror, Sci Fi
Chisum 1970
Sometimes a Great Notion 1970 Drama, Action, Adventure
The Outfit 1973
The Red Pony 1973 Drama
Born Innocent 1974 Drama
The Drowning Pool 1975 Game Show, 0
Walking Tall Part II 1975 Action, Crime
Day of the Animals 1977 Horror, Thriller
The Day of the Animals 1977 Horror, Thriller
Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 Family, Adventure, Comedy
Starman George Fox 1984 Biography, Sport, 0, 0
Black Moon Rising 1986 Sport, Game Show, 0
Blood Song 1988
The King of the Kickboxers 1990 0
Ghetto Blaster Mike Henry 1990 Action, Drama
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection 1990 Action, Adventure, Thriller