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Weston in 1971
August 21, 1924
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||May 3, 1996
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Marge Redmond (1950–19??; divorced)
Laurie Gilkes (19??–1996; his death)
Jack Weston (born Jack Weinstein; August 21, 1924 – May 3, 1996) was an American film, stage, and television actor.
Life and career
Weston, a Cleveland, Ohio native, usually played comic roles in films such as Cactus Flower and Please Don't Eat the Daisies, but also occasionally essayed heavier parts, such as the scheming crook and stalker who, along with Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna, attempts to terrorize and rob a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 film Wait Until Dark. Weston had countless character roles in major films such as The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crown Affair. On television he made numerous appearances such as murderer Fred Calvert in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Daring Decoy."
In 1981, Weston appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen's comedy The Floating Light Bulb, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor. Other stage appearances included Bells are Ringing (with Judy Holliday), The Ritz, One Night Stand, and Neil Simon's California Suite.
Weston served in the United States Army during World War II. Weston married twice, first to actress Marge Redmond. They occasionally appeared together, an example being a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone titled "The Bard". Redmond and Weston divorced.[when?] The union was childless.
His second marriage was to Laurie Gilkes and lasted until his death from lymphoma on April 3, 1996, after a six year struggle. He was 71 years old and also survived by his stepdaughter, Amy, as well as his brother Anthony Spinelli (whose birth name is Samuel Weinstein) and a nephew, Mitch Spinelli.
In the 1960–1961 television season, Weston appeared as Chick Adams, a reporter, on the CBS sitcom My Sister Eileen starring Shirley Bonne and Elaine Stritch as two sisters who share a New York City brownstone apartment. The other co-stars were Stubby Kaye, Rose Marie, and Raymond Bailey. The next season, 1961–1962, he starred in the short-lived sitcom The Hathaways (ABC, produced by Screen Gems), in which he and Peggy Cass adopted a trio of chimpanzees (the Marquis Chimps).
He also made guest appearances on such television series as Peter Gunn, Perry Mason, Rescue 8, The Twilight Zone (episodes "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street", and "The Bard"), The Untouchables, Have Gun Will Travel, Johnny Staccato, Thriller, The Lawless Years (2 episodes), Harrigan and Son, Stoney Burke, Breaking Point, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Gunsmoke, Twelve O'Clock High, Laredo, Tales of the Unexpected, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Carol Burnett Show, All in the Family and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.