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Jack Laird

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Birth dateMarch 8, 1923
Place of birthCalifornia, United States United States
Date of deathDecember 3, 1991 (aged 68)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, USA (cancer)

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Jack Laird (May 8, 1923 - December 3, 1991) was an American television producer, writer, director and actor who received three Emmy nominations for writing and/or producing the TV series Ben Casey, Night Gallery and Kojak.

Born in the Indian metropolis of Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995), Jack Laird entered the entertainment industry at a young age. One of his first appearances as a child actor was in an unbilled bit part in the 1934 film The Circus Clown. He continued to appear in unbilled bits into his late twenties, but eventually moved into writing and producing.

One of Laird's favorite actors was Leslie Nielsen with whom he made several made-for-TV movies, including 1964's See How They Run, the first feature in that genre, Code Name: Heraclitus, Dark Intruder, The Return of Charlie Chan and numerous TV episodes. Nielsen also starred in a series created by Laird, The Bold Ones: The Protectors.

Jack Laird died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 68. His final resting place in Hollywood Forever Cemetery is in the "Garden of Legends" (formerly Section 8), Lot 266.

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