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Jack Manning (actor)

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Jack Manning June 3, 1916 – August 31, 2009 was an American film, television and theater character actor, teacher and stage director


  • 1 Biography
    • 11 Early years
    • 12 Career
  • 2 Later life & death
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Early years

Manning was born Jack Wilson Marks Cincinnati, Ohio He developed an interest in acting while he was a student at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1938 During his college years, Manning appeared in students musicals and plays, as well as on WLW radio He changed his professional name to Jack Manning early in his acting career, after he was advised that "Jack Marks" was too short to appear on a theater marquee or sign


Following graduation, Manning moved to New York City in 1941 He soon found a job on The Aldrich Family radio show, where he played one of Henry Aldrich's friends As a member of the NYC Theatre Guild on the Air, Manning appeared in a number radio dramas broadcast from the city He lent his voice and talents to such classic radio serials as One Man's Family, The Goldbergs, The Green Hornet and The Shadow

Manning made his Broadway debut in the comedy Junior Miss in 1941 Manning ultimately appeared in more than 20 separate Broadway theatre plays and musicals during his career Notably, Manning starred as Rodrigo in Othello opposite Paul Robeson, José Ferrer and Uta Hagen, from 1943 until 1945 He also appeared in Harriet, a stage drama about the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, in 1943, co-starring with Helen Hayes His other Broadway credits included Man and Superman in 1947, Billy Budd in 1951, The Tender Trap in 1954, Say Darling in 1958 and Alice In Wonderland Manning also appeared in the original Broadway cast of the musical, Do I Hear a Waltz, as Mr McIlhenny in 1965 Do I Hear a Waltz was co-written Arthur Laurents, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim

Moving to television in 1953, Manning performed a one-man show of Hamlet on the DuMont series Monodrama Theater His show took place over the course of two weeks in 15-minute-long segments Before the airing of the first episode Jack Gould, a television critic for the New York Times,wrote in his column, "Alas, poor Hamlet Now he's a soap opera" After seeing the production, he changed his tune, calling it, "The acting feat of year" and he praised Manning's performance as Hamlet, calling him "inventive, versatile and, above all, natural" Gould also noted of Manning at the time that, "He knows his Shakespeare and truly catches the meaning of the lines" Manning also appeared in a number of early television shows, including Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents and the Philco Television Playhouse

Manning became a producer for the Helen Hayes Repertory Company, a traveling theater troupe founded in 1964 by his former Harriet co-star, Helen Hayes Manning would direct all of the company's traveling stage productions, which starred Helen Hayes, including a tour of The Circle, which was written by W Somerset Maugham

Manning and his wife, Francie, who were married in 1967, moved to the South Bay, Los Angeles region in 1970 The couple resided in both Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach before settling in Rancho Palos Verdes in 1980

He continued to appear in Los Angeles television, film and theater productions throughout the 1970s He was cast in a recurring role as the character Dean Rutherford on The Paper Chase from 1978 to 1979 He was also cast in guest parts on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Columbo, Kojak, Here's Lucy, The Waltons and Studio One On stage, Manning appeared in productions in the Ahmanson Theatre, the Shubert Theater and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Manning's film credits included Walk East on Beacon in 1952, Where's Poppa in 1970, The Owl and the Pussycat in 1970, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid in 1972, and The Great Waldo Pepper in 1975

Later life & death

In addition to his acting career, Manning spent much of his later life working as an acting teacher or a stage director He taught acting at his own studios, first in New York City and then in Los Angeles In New York, Manning taught students at the HB Studio in the city's Greenwich Village neighborhood He also taught at several universities nationwide

Jack Manning died at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes home on August 31, 2009, at the age of 93 He was survived by his second wife, Frances "Francie" Ann Smith, whom he married 1967 The couple had two children together, a son, Colin, and daughter, Brook Manning He was also survived by his daughter from his first marriage, Gale Nichols His first marriage to Virginia Schuchardt ended in divorce


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Altman, Larry 2009-09-08 "Actor Jack Manning dies in RPV at 93" Press-Telegram Retrieved 2009-09-29 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Fox, Margalit 2009-09-18 "Jack Manning, Character Actor, Dies at 93" The New York Times Retrieved 2009-09-12 

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  • Jack Manning on IMDb

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