Veteran actor Jason Wingreen, known for a variety of roles including the voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, has passed away at the age of 95. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wingreen died at his home on Christmas day.
Originally auditioning for the role of Yoda in Empire, Wingreen’s work as Boba Fett went uncredited until 2000. With only four lines of dialogue, it was a short but sweet experience:
“I think the actual work, aside from the hellos and goodbyes and all that, could have been no more than 10 minutes,”
Good work if you can get it.
Wingreen’s best known role was that of Harry Snowden, the barkeep at Archie Bunker’s favorite bar Kelsey’s in both All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place.
“I loved it. It was wonderful. We worked from Tuesday on to the rest of the week. Monday, you had [off], to go to the bank and the laundry. We’d arrive on Tuesday morning, we’d sit around, read the script. We’d start laughing in the morning and laugh until 5 o’clock, when we’d quit. I mean, how could you not like it?”
So he was in one of the greatest movies ever AND one of the most influential sitcoms of all time? Not a bad resume.
Other TV work included roles on The Twilight Zone (3 episodes), The Untouchables, Matlock, and The Fugitive. He also appeared in the films The Bravados, A Guide for the Married Man, Airplane!, and Oh God! You Devil. He retired from acting in the 1990s after appearances on In the Heat of the Night and Seinfeld.
Jason Wingreen is survived by his son, Ned, his sister and two grandchildren. Our thoughts go out to the Wingreen family.
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