Jack Carter (comedian)
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Carter in 1949
June 24, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, host, voice actor|
|Spouse(s)||Paula Stewart (1961-1970; divorced)
Roxanne Stone (1971-present)
|Children||2 sons, 2 daughters (Michael, Chase, Wendy, Vicki)|
Jack Chakrin (born June 24, 1923), known by his professional name of Jack Carter, is an American comedian, actor and host. Brooklyn-born Carter had a long-running comedy act similar to fellow rapid-paced contemporaries, Milton Berle and Morey Amsterdam. Carter is, arguably, the most prolific stand-up comedian in American television history.
Life and career
Carter is from a Jewish family.
Carter hosted an early television variety program called Cavalcade of Stars on the DuMont Network. He was lured away to NBC to host his own program titled The Jack Carter Show. Carter recommended Jackie Gleason take his place as host of Cavalcade of Stars. The Jack Carter Show appeared under the banner of the Saturday Night Revue, NBC's two and a half hour Saturday night programming slot. Carter hosted his show for one hour each week followed by the ninety minute Your Show of Shows starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris. He remained friends with Sid Caesar his entire life, performing the eulogy at his funeral.
He was a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s and early 1970s and was known for his impression of Ed Sullivan. He appeared as himself (along with his first wife Paula Stewart) in the comedy series The Joey Bishop Show. In the late 1960s, he was the host of a game show pilot called Second Guessers. The pilot did not sell. He was also a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game during the 1973-74 season and again during the early 1980s. In 1975, he appeared as a guest star on the quiz show "$10,000 Pyramid" with contestant Liz Hogan Schultz.
He guest starred on many television series, including Diagnosis: Unknown, Hennesey, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Rockford Files, The Kallikaks, 7th Heaven, The Road West, Sanford and Son, and Tattletales, with his third wife Roxanne. In 1962, he played a newspaper columnist in the episode "The People People Marry" on the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama, The Roaring 20s. Carter played himself as host of a hotel talent show in the 1964 Elvis Presley movie, Viva Las Vegas and voiced the aging cartoon producer Wilbur Cobb on The Ren and Stimpy Show. Monk, Desperate Housewives, and the film, The Great Buck Howard. He also appeared in the iCarly episodes, "iGot a Hot Room" and "iStart a Fan War" in 2010. He appeared in the Showtime series Shameless as Stan, the racist old bar owner. Latest work include a cameo on New Girl and a voice on Family Guy.
- The King of Queens, Carter played Arthur Spooner in the sitcom's pilot, but was later replaced by Jerry Stiller; as a result of the recasting of the role, Carter's scenes in the pilot were re-shot with Stiller
- Jack Carter at the Internet Movie Database
- Jack Carter interview, April 2011, Part One
- Jack Carter interview, April 2011, Part Two
- Jack Carter interview, June 2011, Part Three
- Jack Carter interview, June 2011, Part Four
- Jack Carter on The Tonight Show with Jerry Lewis, 1962