Stage Manager, Performer
( b. Oct 27, 1923 Buffalo, New York, USA - d. Jan 02, 2013 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Ned Wertimer was one of TV's most recognizable character actors who was best known as the greedy doorman Ralph on "The Jeffersons." Wertimer served as a pilot in World War II before getting a degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also became active in drama at Penn and moved to New York to start a theater career as both an actor and an assistant stage manager.
He appeared on Broadway in Texas Lil Darling in 1949 and The Live Wire in 1950. In 1961, he replaced Paul Lynde in the Tony-winning production of Bye Bye Birdie.
Meanwhile, he also worked in numerous stock and traveling companies while moving into the embryonic world of television. He became a regular on the 1950s children's program "The Shari Lewis Show."
Once television had largely moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, he moved West to join it. He worked regularly for the rest of his career, starting with character roles in classics like "Get Smart" and "Car 54, Where Are You?" He appeared in "Ironside," "Mayberry RFD," "CC and Company," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Gunsmoke" and "That Girl." He played two different characters in two seasons of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
He introduced Ralph the Doorman in a 1975 episode of "All in the Family," then became a recurring player when "The Jeffersons" spun off into its own series. He appeared in 51 episodes over the show's 12-year run.
In later years he also appeared in shows like "Sanford and Son," "Happy Days," "227," "The Practice," "Starsky and Hutch," "Mork and Mindy" and "Simon & Simon."
Source: New York Daily News
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