Joe Mantell 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, which earned the Best Picture Award died he was , 93.
(né Mantel; born December 21, 1915 – died September 29, 2010)
Mantell appeared in Storm Center (1956) and Chinatown (1974). In the latter he played Lawrence Walsh, partner of private eye Jake Gittes. He delivered the film’s famous last line, “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” http://www.youtube.com/v/_InKbCSJUXM?fs=1&hl=en_US
The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes. He had a small role in Hitchcock’s The Birds. 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 was born in Brooklyn, New York to Polish Jewish immigrant parents. 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.
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