At his age, Jack Warden has probably been in quite a few memorable movies. However, it was his roles in a couple of different flicks that helped make them classics to me. He passed away at age 85 yesterday from what appears to be natural causes.
"Heaven Can Wait" was actually a remake of the 1941 film "Here Comes Mr. Jordan". I never saw the original and even being a fan of old movies, I can't imagine it being near as good as "Heaven". Warden's part as the coach in that remake was classic.
As a matter of fact, I guess he also teamed up with Warren Beatty in "Shampoo". I never saw that one; however, after seeing a recap of it on one of the "I Love the 70s" shows, I ordered a copy since it looked kinda' good. Now I'm even more stoked knowing Warden will be in that one too.
Then, of course, he was pretty much the primary plot of "Used Cars" when his character (bitter irony here) dies and his employees have to conceal his death from his scheming twin brother. HILARIOUS movie. Which reminds me, I need to get that in my collection.
Sure, he had tons of other movies, but those are the ones I remember him for. Those were enough to gain my respect. Hopefully, he did go home. Rest in peace, Jack...