Jesse White

Born Jan 4, 1917

Jesse White was an American television, film, and stage character actor. He is best remembered for portraying the Maytag repairman in television commercials, a role he played from 1967 to 1988.

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1917 Birth Born on January 3, 1917.


1942 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1942, White made his Broadway debut in The Moon is Down, followed by a successful performance in the role of a sanitarium orderly in the popular play Harvey. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old In 1947, White made his film debut in a small part in Kiss of Death. … Read More
1954 37 Years Old In 1954, he landed a semi-regular role as Cagey Calhoun on Private Secretary, starring Ann Sothern, Ann Tyrrell, and Don Porter. The role led to another semi-regular part as the deceitful Oscar Pudney on CBS's The Ann Sothern Show in 1960. … Read More


1958 41 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 2, 1958, White portrayed the fast-talking, presumably dishonest, used-car salesman San Fernando Harry in the segment "The New Car" of the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan, with whom he clashes in this episode, Richard Crenna, and Kathleen Nolan.
1966 49 Years Old In 1966, he accepted the role of Donelli in The Reluctant Astronaut, playing a curmudgeonly janitorial supervisor who instructed his students in the use of a mop in a deadpan delivery rivaling that of an aerospace engineer. … Read More


1993 76 Years Old His final film role was a small but pivotal role in the 1993 Joe Dante comedy Matinee starring John Goodman, and his last TV role was in an episode of Seinfeld in 1996. … Read More
1997 80 Years Old On January 9, 1997, White died from a heart attack following surgery, only six days after his 80th birthday. … Read More
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