Jack Lambert (American actor)

Jack Lambert (April 13, 1920 – February 18, 2002) was an American character actor who specialized in playing movie tough guys and heavies. He is best known for playing the psychotic cat-loving, iron-hooked Steve "The Claw" Michel in Dick Tracy's Dilemma.[1][2]

Jack Lambert
in Bonanza (1960)
Born(1920-04-13)April 13, 1920
DiedFebruary 18, 2002(2002-02-18) (aged 81)
Years active1942-1970
ChildrenLee J. Lambert

Following a spell on Broadway, the Yonkers, New York-born Lambert moved to Hollywood and began working in films in 1942.[3] He was a familiar figure in Westerns and crime dramas after World War II, in such movies as The Killers, The Enforcer, Bend of the River, Vera Cruz, Kiss Me Deadly and How the West Was Won.[4]

Lambert also appeared in many television series of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Rod Cameron's State Trooper, Gunsmoke (season 4, episode 35, 1959), Have Gun - Will Travel, Sugarfoot, Tales of Wells Fargo, Daniel Boone, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Get Smart (season 1, episode 18, 1966) and The Andy Griffith Show.[5]

From 1959 to 1960, he was a regular cast member (as Joshua Walcek, sometimes called "Joshua MacGregor"), in 23 of the 42 episodes of the Darren McGavin series, Riverboat. [6]


Lambert is often confused with the British character actor who died in 1976 and is credited by the same name.[7]

Partial filmography


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