Jack Lambert (American actor)

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Jack Lambert
Jack Lambert in Bonanza episode Showdown.jpg
in Bonanza (1960)
Born(1920-04-13)April 13, 1920
DiedFebruary 18, 2002(2002-02-18) (aged 81)
Years active1942-1970
ChildrenLee J. Lambert

Jack Lambert (April 13, 1920 – February 18, 2002) was an American character actor who specialized in playing movie tough guys and heavies. He is best known for playing the psychotic cat-loving, iron-hooked Steve "the Claw" Michel in Dick Tracy's Dilemma.[1][2]

Following a spell on Broadway, the Yonkers, New York-born Lambert moved to Hollywood and began working in films in 1942.[3] He was a familiar figure in Westerns and crime dramas after World War II, in such movies as The Killers, The Enforcer, Bend of the River, Vera Cruz, Kiss Me Deadly, and How the West Was Won.[citation needed][4]

Lambert also appeared in many television series of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Rod Cameron's State Trooper, Gunsmoke (season four, episode 35, 1959), Have Gun - Will Travel, Sugarfoot, Tales of Wells Fargo, Daniel Boone, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Get Smart (season one, episode 18, 1966) and The Andy Griffith Show.[citation needed][5]

From 1959 to 1960, he was a regular cast member (as Joshua Walcek, sometimes called "Joshua MacGregor"), in 23 of the 42 episodes of the Darren McGavin series, Riverboat.[citation needed][6]


Lambert is often confused with the British character actor who died in 1976 and has the same name.[7]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Jack Lambert - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "AFI-Catalog". catalog.afi.com.
  3. ^ "Jack Lambert – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  4. ^ "Jack Lambert". BFI.
  5. ^ "Jack Lambert - TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  6. ^ "Riverboat - TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  7. ^ "Jack Lambert". BFI.

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