Jack Kruschen

Show Count: 318
Series Count: 11
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: March 20, 1922, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: April 2, 2002 , Chandler, Arizona, USA

Jack Kruschen (March 20, 1922 – April 2, 2002) was a Canadian-born character actor who worked primarily in American film,television and radio.



Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kruschen began his radio career while still in high school, and during the 1940s, he became a staple ofWest Coast radio drama. He had several roles in programs made especially for the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) broadcast for the benefit of members on active duty in the military in the 1940s and 1950s. He had regular or recurring roles on Broadway Is My Beat(as Sgt. Muggavan), and Pete Kelly's Blues (as Red, the bass player), as well as frequent episodic roles on anthology series,Westerns and crime dramas.

He was heard on such high-profile series as Escape, Dragnet, Gunsmoke (usually as law abiding locals), Crime Classics, Frontier Gentleman, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Nightbeat and Suspense.


His movie career is highlighted by his performance as neighbor Dr. Dreyfuss in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (for which he received anAcademy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).

Other film assignments included George Pal's The War of the Worlds (as Salvatore, one of the first three victims, a role he reprised on the Lux Radio Theater adaptation), in Cecil B. DeMille's final film, The Buccaneer, as astronaut Sam Jacobs in the 1959 cult classic The Angry Red Planet, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (as saloon owner Christmas Morgan), Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Lover Come Back, McLintock! (with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara), Follow That Dream (withElvis Presley), Cape Fear, and Money to Burn with Eve McVeagh.


Kruschen appeared as Maurice Pulvermacher in the original 1962 Broadway production of I Can Get It for You Wholesale with neophyte singer/actress, 19-year old Barbra Streisand. In 1969, he co-starred in the London staging of the musical Promises, Promises, reprising his film role in this show based on The Apartment.


Kruschen was performing on television as early as 1939, appearing in dramas on Don Lee's experimental television station in Los Angeles, where he was seen on some 200 TV sets with three-inch screens.

His TV career included guest villain Eivol Ekdol, a villainous magicians' craftsman on Batman. He also was seen on Dragnet, Zorro, in a recurring role across three seasons on Bonanza (Italian grapegrower Giorgio Rossi,) as Tully the bartender in the 1960-1961 series "Hong Kong" (that launched Aussie actor Rod Taylor into his film career). In 1969, Kruschen co-starred with Stefanie Powers in an unsold ABC sitcom pilot, Holly Golighty, adapted from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. The husky, mustachioed Kruschen seemed to specialize in playing benevolent ethnic paternal figures and had roles in Columbo, Barney Miller, The Incredible Hulk (TV series), and in later years, Murphy Brown, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He appeared in the recurring role of 'Grandpa Papadopolis' on the situation comedy Webster (1985 to 1987), and in the early 1990s, as another Greek grandfather and as Pam and Jesse's grandfather 'Papouli' ('Iorgos Katsopolis') on Full House, appearing in only two episodes before his character dies in his sleep, in episode, 'The Last Dance'. Kruschen's final on-screen appearance was in the 1997 film 'Til There Was You (with Sarah Jessica Parker), Dylan McDermott, as Jeanne Tripplehorn, as 'Mr. Katz'.

Personal life and death

Kruschen was married to Marjorie Ullman from January 1947 to 1961, and his second marriage was to Violet Rafaella Mooring from 1962 to 1978 (her death). He was married a third time to Mary Pender from July 23, 1979 until April 2, 2002 when he died in Chandler, Arizona while vacationing. He had been in ill health for some time. He was 80. Though he died on April 2, his death wasn't widely reported to the media, until late May 2002. He is survived by his third wife Mary Pender; his two children from his second wife Violet Rafaella Mooring; his grandchildren; and a sister.

Source: Wikipedia

CBS Radio WorkshopCBS Radio Workshop
Show Count: 77
Broadcast History: 27 January 1956 to 22 September 1957
Cast: Various, Aldus Huxley, William Conrad, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Kruschen, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence
Director: Jack Johnstone, William N Robson, Dee Engelbach, Elliott Lewis, Antony Ellis
Producer: William Froug
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier Columbia Experimental Laboratory (1931), Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory (1932) and Columbia Workshop broadcasts by CBS from 1936 to 1943, and used some of the same writers and directors employed on the earlier series'.
Crime ClassicsCrime Classics
Show Count: 51
Broadcast History: June 1953 to June 1954
Cast: Lou Merrill, Ben Wright, Barney Phillips, Mary Jane Croft, Bill Johnstone, Paula Winslowe, Jeanette Nolan, Herb Butterfield, Betty Harford, Jack Kruschen, Irene Tedrow, John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Lillian Buyeff, Norma LeMond, Roy Rowan
Director: Elliott Lewis
Producer: Elliott Lewis
Crime Classics was a United States radio docudrama which aired as a sustaining series over CBS from June 15, 1953, to June 30, 1954.
Show Count: 76
Broadcast History: 6 February 1950 to 25 September 1952
Sponsor: General Mills for Wheaties
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Wilms Herbert, Lurene Tuttle, Junius Matthews, Jack Kruschen, Joan Banks, Jeanne Bates, Peter Leeds, Larry Dobkin
Director: Warren Lewis
Producer: Warren Lewis
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