Hollywood loses a legend

Ryan Solano, Feature

After 95 years, Jason Wingreen, a famous actor, has passed away. Wingreen gave his final breath Christmas Day, according to his talent manager and longtime friend, James Harty.

Wingreen’s acting career spanned over five decades with some of his most famous roles being the voice behind galactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” the doctor in “Airplane!,” and Harry Snowden, the bartender in the TV sitcom “All in the Family.” Wingreen also found work on shows like “Matlock,” “Seinfeld,” “Star Trek,” and “Bonanza.” In Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone,” Wingreen was featured in three episodes. One of which was the fan favorite, “A Stop at Willoughby.”

Wingreen was born in Brooklyn in 1920 and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens. He lived with his immigrant father from Lithuania, his mother, and sister, above his father’s tailor shop. His sister eventually became a talented pianist at the New York Philharmonic. When comparing himself to his sister, Harriet, Wingreen would give all the credit to her claiming, “I am just an actor.” Little did he know, Jason Wingreen’s acting career will go down in Hollywood history.

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