Jesse White

Jesse White

  • Highest Rated: 94% Matinee (1992)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) (1955)
  • Birthday: Jan 3, 1917
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A self-described "household face," character actor Jesse White made his first stage appearance as a teenager in his adopted hometown of Akron, OH. Supporting himself with a variety of civilian jobs, White worked the nightclub circuit in Cleveland, then moved on to what was left of vaudeville in the late '30s. White's first Broadway role was in 1942's The Moon is Down; two years later he scored his biggest success as the acerbic sanitarium attendant in Mary Chase's Harvey, a role he would repeat for the 1950 film version (though Harvey is often listed as White's film debut, he can be seen in a bit role as an elevator operator in 1947's Gentleman's Agreement). While he has appeared in some 60 films, White is best known for his TV work, which allowed him to play Runyon-esque gangsters, theatrical agents, neurotic TV talk show hosts, art connoisseurs, toy manufacturers, and whatever else suited his fancy. Two of his longest professional associations were with satirist Stan Freberg (White was featured in several of Freberg's commercials and comedy albums) and comedian/TV mogul Danny Thomas (White played agent Jesse Leeds during the first few seasons of Make Room for Daddy). In the 1970s, White became established as the "lonely" Maytag repairman in a series of well-circulated TV commercials; when he stepped down from this role in the late '80s, the event received a generous amount of press coverage. Jesse White was still in harness into the 1990s. In 1992, he was memorably cast as a sarcastic, cigar-chomping theater chain owner in Joe Dante's Matinee. He passed away at age 79 following complications from surgery on January 8, 1997.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Pastor Jones: My Sister Loves You Monique 2008
94% Matinee Mr. Spector 1992
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet Ben Bernstein 1987
67% The Cat from Outer Space Emie 1978
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Rudy's agent 1976
No Score Yet Nashville Girl C.Y. Ordell 1976
No Score Yet Las Vegas Lady Big Jake 1975
No Score Yet The Brothers O'Toole Mayor 1973
No Score Yet Bless the Beasts and Children Sid Shecker 1971
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing Fess Dorple 1967
No Score Yet The Reluctant Astronaut Donelli 1967
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini J. Sinister Hulk 1966
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte Argyle 1965
33% Pajama Party J. Sinister Hulk 1964
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Rafferty 1964
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Radio Tower Operator 1963
No Score Yet It's Only Money Pete Flint 1962
No Score Yet On the Double Cpl. Joseph Praeger 1961
No Score Yet Three Blondes in His Life Ed Kelly 1961
No Score Yet The Big Night Wegg 1960
71% The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Leo Bremer 1960
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Lou Michaelson 1958
No Score Yet Tomboy and the Champ Windy Skiles 1958
80% Designing Woman Charlie Arneg 1957
No Score Yet Back From Eternity Pete 1957
63% The Bad Seed Emory 1956
No Score Yet The Come On J.J. McGonigle 1956
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Ben Cosgrove 1955
No Score Yet Hell's Half Acre Tubby Otis 1954
No Score Yet Forever Female Willie Wolfe 1954
No Score Yet Witness to Murder Eddie Vincent 1954
No Score Yet Gun Smoke Professor 1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid Doc Cronnel 1952
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Stanley 1951
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Georgie Markham 1951
No Score Yet The Raging Tide Actor 1951
67% Bedtime for Bonzo Babcock 1951
No Score Yet Francis Goes to the Races Frank Damer 1951
85% Harvey Wilson 1950
No Score Yet Guilty Bystander drunk at bar 1950
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Customer 1948
78% Gentleman's Agreement Elevator Starter 1947
88% Kiss of Death Taxi Driver 1947

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Mulligan
  • 1983
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Mechanic
  • 1977
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Sam
  • 1967
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Charlie George Jenkins
  • 1967
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Mortimer
  • 1967
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Lewis
  • 1966
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Finlater
  • 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Cerro Max Renshaw Luke Hickey Cecil
  • 1965
  • 1962
  • 1958
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Esky
  • 1964
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
Voice
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Repairman Cavender
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Fred Boone
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Bill
  • 1961

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