Joe Mantell

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Joe Mantell
Born(1915-12-21)December 21, 1915
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 29, 2010(2010-09-29) (aged 94)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1949–1990
 
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Joe Mantell
Born(1915-12-21)December 21, 1915
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 29, 2010(2010-09-29) (aged 94)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1949–1990

Joe Mantell (né Mantel; December 21, 1915 – September 29, 2010) was an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Angie" in the 1955 film Marty,[1] which earned the Best Picture Award.

Mantell appeared in Storm Center(1956), Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse April 1959 in the Untouchables that set the stage for the hourly series, and Chinatown (1974). In the latter he played Lawrence Walsh, associate of private eye Jake Gittes. He delivered the film's famous last line, "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes. He had a small role in Hitchcock's The Birds.[2] Mantell appeared frequently in series television, including two episodes of The Twilight Zone: "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" (in a starring role) and "Steel". Mantell also played a two-timed husband in the "Guilty Witness" episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Mantell was born in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents from Austria.[3] His name was originally spelled "Mantel" and accented on the first syllable, but at the beginning of his acting career Mantell added the extra "L" and changed the pronunciation to "Man-TELL". On September 29, 2010, Mantell died in Tarzana, California, aged 94.[4][5]

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