Jack Axelrod

Jack AxelrocJack Axelrod (Mr. Green, Visiting Mr. Green) began his acting studies while majoring in architecture at UC Berkeley. After working as a designer in California and Maine offices, he was licensed to practice in Washington and continued as an actor when opportunities arose. It was not until his second year in New York City, when he landed parts in a Broadway play and a Woody Allen film, that he narrowed his focus on theatre. His life changed when he began what became six years of study with Uta Hagen, arguably the most astute and effective teacher of acting in the U.S. 

He has appeared in regional theatres from Maine to San Diego, and his most recent notable stage appearances were in the title role of Tuesdays with Morrie in Laguna Beach, San Jose, and Walnut Creek. 

Other significant roles include Freud in Hysteria, Weller in The Gin Game, Nat Moyer in I?m Not Rappaport, Polonius in Hamlet, Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys, and Solomon in The Price. For five years, he toured the country with Kenny Rogers in his Christmas From the Heart concerts. 

He is a four-time recipient of Drama-Logue and Robby Awards, and his numerous television credits include the recent ABC TV movie Labor Pains as well as Grey?s Anatomy, My Name Is Earl, It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Frasier, Alias, and more. Older soap audiences may also remember him as mob boss Victor Jerome on General Hospital. 

He has served as teacher and director on the faculties of several schools, notably Penn State, Temple, Boston, and Cal State Universities, as well as the Universities of Wisconsin and Michigan.

August, 2009