Jason Wingreen, a versatile character actor and sometimes writer, died last month at 95.
Film reviewer Rhett Bartlett of the DIAL M FOR MOVIES WEBSITE said in A POST ON TWITTER that Wingreen’s son had confirmed the actor’s death. On Dec. 26, Roz Wolfe, a former employee of the Canadian consulate in Los Angeles, SAID ON TWITTER that Wingreen had died.
Wingreen’s ENTRY ON IMDB.COM lists 187 acting credits from 1955 to 1994, mostly in small roles.
Naturally, given how busy Wingreen stayed, he shows up quite a quit during the 1960s spy craze on American television. For example:
–He made six appearances combined on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Sometimes, bad things happened to his characters. He was a low-ranking Thrush operative who’s given a death sentence in The Deadly Decoy Affair. In The Birds and the Bees Affair, he’s an unlucky gambler who is killed by accident when Thrush wants to do in Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn). The gambler dies just as he’s come up a winner at the roulette table.
–He co-wrote (with Philip Saltzman) The Night of the Torture Chamber, a first-season episode of The Wild Wild West. He also appears later in that season as a policeman in The Night of the Whirring Death, a Dr. Loveless episode.
–He had a role in The Weapon on Amos Burke, Secret Agent after that series converted to a spy format after being a crime drama.
–He was “KAOS Agent #2” in an episode of Get Smart.
–He played Hitler in an episode of The Blue Light, the short-lived World War II spy series with Robert Goulet.
–He was in two episodes of Mission: Impossible.
–He was in six episodes of The FBI, including a customs inspector in the third-season episode Counter-Stroke, one of the espionage stories of the series.
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Wingreen also is being remembered for being the original voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. (The character was redubbed for a home video release.) Here’s a YouTube video where the actor recalls getting that job:
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