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Jack Grimes
Jack Grimes
Jack Grimes
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birthplace: New York City, NY, U.S.
Deathplace: Queens, NY, U.S.
Years active: 1933-1991
Character/Series involvement
Series: All in the Family
Character played: Mr. Whitehead in "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" (Season 2) and "Archie and the Computer" (Season 4)
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Veteran character and voice actor Jack Grimes (April 1, 1926 – March 10, 2009) made two appearances on All in the Family as mortician Mr. Whitehead of the Whitehead Bros. Mortuary; first in the Season 2 episode "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" and then in "Archie and the Computer" in Season 4. Jack voiced the part of Jimmy Olsen in the last three years of The Adventures of Superman radio program, the 1966 Filmation TV series The New Adventures of Superman, and also for his performance on the 1967 anime Speed Racer.

Life and career[]

Grimes was born in New York City. His acting career began at age seven, during the depression, when he helped earn money for his family. He appeared as Jackie Grimes in the Broadway play The Old Maid, which won a Pulitzer Prize and ran for 10 months in New York. It then went on tour for another 11 months.

Grimes worked on radio, beginning with the CBS program Let's Pretend. He was also a regular on The Fred Allen Show, The Philip Morris Playhouse, Second Husband, CBS Radio Myster Theater, and Death Valley Days. By age 12, he was appearing on 35 to 40 radio shows a week.

In 1944, he moved to California to work for Universal. His credits include Fairytale Murder, Lady on a Train, and Week-End at the Waldorf. In the early 1950s, he switched to television. His credits include Alcoa Presents, Love of Life, The Aldrich Family, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, Maude, On the Rocks, as well as All in the Family.

In 1962, Grimes and Peter Fernandez worked together on a series of records for MGM. Five years later, Fernandez hired him to do the voices of Sparky and Chim Chim on Speed Racer. He retired from acting in 1991.


Grimes died in Queens, New York in 2009 at the age of 82.

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