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Oscar-nominated character actor Jack Warden, best known for starring alongside Warren Beatty in Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait, has died at 85. Warden, who appeared in dozens of films and won an Emmy award as football coach George Halas in the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song, died on Wednesday in New York, his business manager Sidney Pazoff said.
His characters were often tough and gruff but also had a soft heart. He won Oscar nominations for best supporting actor in the Beatty vehicles Shampoo in 1975, playing the businessman Lester, and Heaven Can Wait in 1978, as Beatty's trainer. Warden appeared again with Beatty in Bulworth in 1998.
A former professional boxer and US Army paratrooper who missed the Normandy invasion due to a broken leg from a training exercise, Warden turned to acting after World War II with the help of the US GI Bill's education benefits.
Born John Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey, Warden boxed under the name Johnny Costello and took his father's middle name as his stage name, joining the Dallas Alley Theatre in 1947. His breakthrough film role came in Twelve Angry Men in 1957, when he played a disinterested juror who wanted a quick conviction.
That led to a prolific television career in the 1960s.
Mr Pazoff said the veteran character actor had retired in New York several years ago and had been suffering from medical problems in recent years.
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