John Elmer "Jack" Carson was a Canadian-born U.S.-based film actor.
Jack Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the 'golden age of Hollywood', with a film career spanning the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Primarily employed for comic relief, his work in Mildred Pierce and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof proved he could also master dramatic material. During his career, he worked at RKO, MGM, but most of his memorable work was at Warner Brothers. Carson's trademark was the wisecracking know it all who eventually and typically was undone by his own excessive self-confidence.
Carson was born in Carman, Manitoba to Elmer and Elsa Carson. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Milwaukee, which he always thought of as his home town, although there exists no specific evidence confirming that he took out United States citizenship. He attended high school at Hartford School, Milwaukee and St. John's Military Academy, Delafield, but it was while attending Carleton College that he developed a taste for acting.
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