5 things you didn’t know about Jack Carter

23 Jan

For over seventy years Jack Carter enjoyed a highly successful career as a comedian, actor, director, and television host. He was one of the pioneers of network television hosting a variety show in the late 1940’s. Over the next seven decades he was a frequent guest on talk & variety shows, appeared in numerous television series, was in over dozens movies, and starred on Broadway. In those years Mr. Carter has also appeared alongside several of the biggest names, such as, Elvis Presley, Chuck Norris, Barbra Eden, and Zooey Deschanel among others.

He died of respiratory failure

Jack Carter died on June 28, 2015 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He remain highly active in career right up until his final days. One of his final television appearances will in the series “Shameless” in 2014.

He was married three times

Early in his television career Mr. Carter married Joan Mann in 1949. That marriage lasted for 10 years until they divorced in 1958. A couple of years after his divorce Mr. Carter decided to try marriage again and in 1961 he wed Paula Stewart. His second marriage lasted 9 years until the couple divorced in 1970. He married his third wife two separate times 1971-1977 and 1992-2015.

He was drafted during WWII

After being drafted into the United States Army Mr. Carter spent much of his time touring with the cast of Irving Berlin’s “This is the Army”. He also toured with other entertainment groups to keeping the morale of the troops up during WWII.

He won on the Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour

As a teenager Jack Carter appeared on Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour were he won the competition for three weeks in a row. After winning he was part of a tour group with other winners of the Major Bowes show. Among those he toured with was a young singer name Frank Sinatra.

Was in the pilot of “King of Queens”

In the pilot for the series “King of Queens” Mr. Carter was cast as Author Spooner, the father of Carrie played by Leah Remini. Once the pilot was turned into a series they replaced Mr. Carter with Jerry Stiller.

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