Jack Carter Movies and Career Information

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Jun 24, 1923
New York City

Jack Chakrin (born June 24, 1923), known by his professional name of Jack Carter, is a Jewish-American comedian, actor and host. Born in New York, Carter's humor is traditional stand-up fare. In comic performances, he often played characters that were moderately annoying. In non-comic television roles, he played both victims and villains. Carter is, arguably, the most prolific stand-up comedian in television history. Carter was the host of an early television variety program called Cavalcade of Stars on the Dumont Network. He was lured away to NBC to host his own program titled The Jack Carter Show. Carter recommended Jackie Gleason take his place as host of Cavalcade of Stars. The Jack Carter Show appeared under the banner of the Saturday Night Revue, NBC's four and a half hour Saturday night programming slot. Carter hosted his show for one hour each week followed by the ninety minute Your Show of Shows starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris. His only Broadway appearance was opposite Sammy Davis, Jr. in the 1956 musical Mr. Wonderful. He also played himself as host of a hotel talent show in the 1964 Elvis Presley movie, Viva Las Vegas. He was a frequent


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