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Actor Jack Weston was a regular as a character actor in a variety of 1950s television shows and enjoyed constant film work in the 1960s and 1970s.
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They planned to stay only a few months, but their car broke down shortly after they arrived in L.A. and they wound up staying for 18 years. During his time on the West Coast in the 1960s and 1970s, Weston enjoyed constant film work. He acted in Mirage (1965), the original Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and Wait Until Dark (1967),
in which he turned in one of his most acclaimed performances opposite Audrey Hepburn. Weston then starred opposite Burt Reynolds in a pair of 1970s comedies, Fuzz (1972) and Gator (1976). Another of his most acclaimed comic performances came in the 1975 film The Ritz. Although he enjoyed great success in the city, Weston always maintained that he hated Los Angeles. "Every afternoon at 3:00, something hits this town," he once said. "It's called flash boredom. If you're an actor and not working and you don't play tennis or golf, you can go stark, raving mad. I know. I lived here for 18 years."
While achieving great success as a film actor, Weston never abandoned his love for the stage. During the 1970s, he appeared in touring productions of two Neil Simon plays, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and California Suite. Then, in 1981, upon returning to New York City, he played the leading role in Woody Allen's Broadway comedy The Floating Light Bulb, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. After that performance, he acted only sporadically in films such as The Four Seasons (1981) and Dirty Dancing (1987).
Jack Weston died on April 3, 1996, after a six-year struggle with lymphoma. He was 71 years old. He is survived by his second wife, Laurie Gilkes, and his stepdaughter, Amy.
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