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Jack Haley

American stage, radio and film actor

Jack Haley is ...


Born 10 August 1898 in Boston
Died 6 June 1979 in Los Angeles
Age 80 years, 10 months
Cause myocardial infarction

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Child Jack Haley, Jr.
Occupation actor, singer, screenwriter and film actor

About Jack Haley

Jack Haley was a multi-talented American actor who made a name for himself in stage, radio, and film. Born on August 10, 1898, in Boston, Massachusetts, Haley started his career in vaudeville before transitioning to radio and eventually film.

Haley's breakthrough role came in 1939 when he played the Tin Man in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz." His performance as the lovable character endeared him to audiences and cemented his place in Hollywood history.

In addition to his work in "The Wizard of Oz," Haley appeared in numerous other films throughout his career, including "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and "Sing Your Worries Away." He also had a successful career in radio, hosting his own show, "The Jack Haley Show," in the 1940s.

Off-screen, Haley was known for his kind and generous nature. He was a devoted family man and a supporter of various charitable causes.

Sadly, Haley passed away on June 6, 1979, at the age of 80. However, his legacy lives on through his iconic performance in "The Wizard of Oz" and his contributions to the entertainment industry.


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About Death

Haley's last film appearance was in 1977's New York, New York—in the lavish "Happy Endings" musical number, he played a host who introduces a top Broadway star at an award ceremony, played by his then-daughter-in-law, Liza Minnelli. Two years later, Haley died of a heart attack on June 6, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. Two months prior, on April 9, 1979, he appeared at the 51st Academy Awards ceremony with his Oz co-star Ray Bolger to present the award for Best Costume Design. Bolger announced the nominees, Haley the winner. Before he could open the envelope, Bolger asked, "How come you get to read the winner?" Haley replied, "When your son produces the show, you can announce the winner". Jack Jr. was the show's producer that year. Haley remained active until a week before his death. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.

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