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 December 18, 2023

Actor Jack Axelrod, known best for roles in General Hospital and Grey's Anatomy dies at 93

Actor Jack Axelrod, known for his roles on General Hospital and Grey's Anatomy, has died at the age of 93. 

Jennifer Garland, Axelrod's representative, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that "Axelrod died on Nov. 28 of natural causes in Los Angeles."

Garland provided a statement to the outlet, saying:

I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with him in his last years, as he had no immediate family. We spent much time outdoors, where Jack loved to sketch, read news articles, and recite Shakespearean sonnets.

Axelrod's acting career spans many decades, but he was not always an actor.

Between 1953 and 1955, Axelrod - who was born in Los Angeles, California - was a U.S. Army corporal who was stationed in Germany. After that, Axelrod would go on to become an architect after majoring in architecture at the University of California Berkeley.

It was while practicing architecture that Axelrod began studying acting in New York with Uta Hagen at HB Studios.

Axelrod studied the craft for several years until 1969, when he played the character Banquo in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. He went on to play roles in other off-Broadway productions.

This jump started Axelrod's acting career. As mentioned at the outset, he is probably most well known for his roles in General Hospital and in Grey's Anatomy. 

"Axelrod portrayed mobster Victor Jerome on the ABC soap General Hospital from 1987-89 and the "Electrolarynx Guy" on the NBC comedy My Name Is Earl in 2005-08," the Hollywood Reporter reports.

The outlet adds, "And on the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy in 2006-07, he stole scenes as the patient Charlie Yost, who spent a long time in a semi-conscious state at Seattle Grace before dying - just as he was about to get in a wheelchair to leave."

In addition to these two shows, Axelrod has numerous other television and movie credits to his game.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Axelrod's television credits include:

KojakHill Street BluesDallasDynastyNight CourtKnots LandingMurphy BrownEverybody Loves RaymondStar Trek: VoyagerFrasierScrubsIt's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaHot in ClevelandShamelessThe OfficeBrooklyn Nine-NineRay DonovanBaskets, and Modern Family.

In terms of films, Deadline reports, "Axelrod's film credits include the Will Smith 2008 film Hancock, the Meet the Parents sequel Little Fockers, the J.J. Abrams-directed film Super 8 in 2011 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. His last film credit was in 2020 in the film Bad Therapy, directed by William Teitler, which starred Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Michaela Watkins."

Axelrod continued acting all the way until 2020.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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