Richard Jaeckel Biography (1926-1997)
Full name, Richard Hanley Jaeckel; born October 10, 1926, in Long Beach, NY;died of cancer, June 14, 1997, in Woodland Hills, CA. Actor. Jaeckel was a character actor who made his mark in film as well as television productions. Remembered for work in some seventy films, including The Dirty Dozen, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and Sands of Iwo Jima, he later appeared in televisionseries such as Baywatch and Spencer: For Hire. Early in his career, Jaeckel worked in the mailroom of Twentieth Century-Fox until a studio executive insisted he take a screentest in 1943. Despite protests from the future actor, hetook the test and was cast in Guadalcanal Diary that same year. He then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Later, Jaeckel appeared in varied roles in films such as King of the Kickboxers, Come Back Little Sheba, Starman,Delta Force II, The Drowning Pool, and Part II: Walking Tall. He also appeared in the 1970s television series Banyon, Firehouse, and Salvage I. In the 1980s he appeared as Major Hawkins in the series At Ease. He also reprised his film role from The Dirty Dozen for a television sequel The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission. Among the honors he received during his career was a 1971 AcademyAward nomination for best supporting actor. The nomination acknowledged hiswork in the film Sometimes a Great Notion. He also found time to coach LittleLeague in West Los Angeles.
- Birth Details
- October 10, 1926
- Long Beach, New York, United States
- Death Details
- June 14, 1997
- Woodland Hills, California, United States
- Who's Who in Entertainment, Marquis Who's Who, 1992.
- Chicago Tribune, June 17, 1997, section 3, p. 12.
- Los Angeles Times, June 18, 1997, p. A16.
- New York Times, June 17, 1997, p. A19.
- Times (London; electronic), July 8, 1997.
- Washington Post, June 18, 1997, p. B4.