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Jack Wallace
Born(1933-08-10)August 10, 1933
DiedApril 16, 2020(2020-04-16) (aged 86)
Years active1969–2020
SpouseMargot Wallace (until his death)

Jack Wallace (August 10, 1933 – April 16, 2020) was an American actor who is known for his roles in films including Death Wish (1974), Tune in Tomorrow (1990), Boogie Nights (1997), American Pie 2 (2001), and Love for Rent (2005).[1]

Early life and education

Wallace was born on August 10, 1933, in Pekin, Illinois.[2] He attended Wells High School in Chicago and served three years in jail for armed robbery. Wallace worked several blue collar jobs such as window washing before becoming an actor, which he was also passionate about.[1]


In 1969, Wallace began his acting career in Chicago. In 1973, he portrayed Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He played a detective in the film Death Wish.[1]

Wallace was a co-recipient of the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble, which he shared with the rest of the cast members in the Broadway production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross.[3] He had also appeared in such films as Death Wish (1974), House of Games (1987), Above the Law (1988) and Boogie Nights (1997) as well as television programs such as Law & Order, Six Feet Under and NYPD Blue.[4]

Personal life

Wallace was married at least twice. At an early age, Wallace married and fathered two children.[1] He later married his wife Margot, whom he met on the set of the film Lakeboat.[1] They were married until his death in 2020.[1]


Wallace died of cancer in the late night of April 16, 2020, at his home in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Selected filmography


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  2. ^ Blades, John (3 February 1985). "A DEAD PRODUCER, SMALL ROLES, BOOZE, MAMET: TALKING WITH JACK". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  3. ^ Fisher, James (2011). Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 308
  4. ^ Karr, Lee; Nicotero, Greg (2014). The Making of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead. Plexus Publishing. ISBN 9780859658881.[page needed]