Jack Chakrin was born on June 24, 1922, and is known by his professional name of Jack Carter. He is an American comedian, actor and host. Brooklyn-born Jack 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 television history.
Life and Career
Jack is from a Jewish family.
Jack 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. Jack 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. Jack 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.
His only major Broadway appearance was opposite Sammy Davis, Jr. in the 1956 musical Mr. Wonderful. He had previously replaced Phil Silvers in the Broadway show Top Banana.
He was a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show during the 60s and early 70s and was known for his impression of Ed Sullivan. He appeared as himself in the comedy series The Joey Bishop Show. In the late 60s, 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 80s. 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, 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. Jack 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.
Carter died on June 28, 2015, at his home in Beverly Hills, California, of respiratory failure at the age of 93.