Birth Name: Jack Carter
Born Jack Chakrin in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of New York City on June 24, 1923, Jack Carter became acquainted with the entertainment world through his father's candy store. The Brighton Beach Theater was a regular destination for touring vaudeville acts, and such celebrities of the day as Al Jolson and George Jessel would frequently visit his family's store. As a student at New Utrecht High School, Carter gained a reputation as a natural mimic of famous voices and mannerisms, but actually aspired to become a dramatic actor. He went on to earn a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Art. While performing with a stock company in Long Island, he was introduced to Dinah Shore's...