Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jack Carter Dead at 93

Jack Carter
Jack Carter, a Broadway star and comedian best known for his appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, died on Sunday, June 28, from respiratory failure in his Beverly Hills home. He was 93.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Carter's career took off and spanned beyond seven decades. The the comic even hosting his own namesake variety show, which aired for three years in the early 1950s. He also made more than 50 guest appearances on Ed Sullivan, as well as other comedy programs including The Andy Williams Show and The Jackie Gleason Show.

In addition to comedy, Carter also appeared on Broadway, even hosting the first-ever televised Tony Awards in 1956. His credits included "Mr. Wonderful," "Call Me Mister" and "Top Banana." Among his other theater credits were "Oliver!," "Sugar" and "The Odd Couple."

Jack Carter and Dena Dietrich on Santa Barbara.
The Emmy nominated actor stepped behind the camera to direct Here's Lucy, a CBS comedy with Lucille Ball.

In 1985, Carter appeared on NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara as Glenn Wallace, the presumed father of Brick Wallace. Dena Dietrich played Brick's mother, Katie.

Carter's numerous other television credits included Desperate Housewives, Shameless, iCarly, ER, Fantasy Island and Love, American Style.

Carter also starred in films throughout his career including The Devil's Daughter, Straight to Heaven, Hustle, Record City and In the Heat of Passion.

Carter is survived by his wife nearly 45 years, Roxanne, his kids Michael, Vicki, Chase, and Wendy, and several grandchildren.

In the Santa Barbara episode below, Carter's Glenn Wallace revealed that he received a call from a woman who told him that Brick no longer needed a kidney transplant.

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