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Jack Riley

Cleveland-born comedy actor Jack Riley switched his career interest from baseball to acting after obtaining a radio job, writing and performing skits while attending John Carroll University. He toured military bases throughout the world in comedy shows after being drafted in the Army in 1958.Following his discharge, he returned to radio and became one of Cleveland's top personalities before setting his sights on film and TV. Receiving a break from old radio pal Tim Conway, Jack headed west and began writing material especially for Tim for assorted TV guest appearances. He also performed in radio commercials.Soon Riley was working in front of the camera, his first role being a regular part on the sitcom Occasional Wife (1966). Other parts soon came his way on various '60s laughfests, including Hogan's Heroes (1965), I Dream of Jeannie (1965) and especially Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) where both his writing and performing skills were utilized. It was also on "Laugh-In" that he met future wife Ginger Lawrence, the producer's assistant at the time. The slim actor sought out films in the '70s with roles in Catch-22 (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), The Long Goodbye (1973), and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978). He also became a minor staple in Mel Brooks's spoofs, with Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977) and History of the World: Part I (1981) to his credit.TV gave Jack his best shot, especially as the dry, terminally-depressed Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show (1972), where his hilariously morose character proved a constant scene-stealer. Along with continued guest roles in Night Court (1984), Seinfeld (1989), and others, he appears on stage occasionally, most recently playing comedian Fred Allen in "Mr. Allen, Mr. Allen".

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Dec 30, 1935 In Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gomer Pyle: USMC 1964-09-25
Latest Project:
Series Pioneers of Television 2008-01-02
Known For
Poster of Rugrats
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
All Grown Up! Unknown 2003-04-12
Son of the Beach Unknown 2000-03-13
Yes, Dear Unknown 2000-10-02
That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
The Drew Carey Show Unknown 1995-09-13
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
The Secret World of Alex Mack Unknown 1994-10-08
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Rugrats Stu Pickles / ... 144 episodes, 1991-2005 1991-08-11
Coach Unknown 1989-02-28
Baywatch Unknown 1989-09-22
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Family Matters Unknown 1989-09-22
Garfield and Friends Unknown 1988-09-17
Married... with Children Unknown 1987-04-05
ALF Unknown 1986-09-22
Tribunal de nuit Unknown 1984-01-04
Punky Brewster Unknown 1984-09-16
Charles in Charge Unknown 1984-10-03
Faerie Tale Theatre Unknown 1982-09-11
Family Ties Unknown 1982-09-22
Newhart Unknown 1982-10-25
St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Too Close for Comfort Unknown 1980-11-11
Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-08-25
Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
The Rockford Files Unknown 1974-03-27
Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15
Barney Miller Unknown 1974-08-22
Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Kung Fu Unknown 1972-02-22
The Bob Newhart Show Elliot Carlin 49 episodes, 1972-1978 1972-09-16
M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
Columbo Unknown 1971-03-01
Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19
The Partridge Family Unknown 1970-09-25
The Flying Nun Unknown 1967-09-07
I Dream of Jeannie Unknown 1965-09-18
Hogan's Heroes Unknown 1965-09-17
Gomer Pyle: USMC Unknown 1964-09-25