Vic Tayback

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Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback 1976.JPG
Tayback in 1976
Born Victor Tayback
(1930-01-06)January 6, 1930
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died May 25, 1990(1990-05-25) (aged 60)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958–1990
Spouse(s) Sheila McKay Barnard (m. 1962; his death 1990)
Children 1 son

Victor "Vic" Tayback (January 6, 1930 – May 25, 1990) was an American actor. He is best known for his role as diner owner Mel Sharples in the comedy-drama film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and the television sitcom Alice (1976–1985), for which he won two consecutive Golden Globes.

Life and career[edit]

Tayback was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the son of Helen (née Hanood) and Najeeb James Tayback,[1] his parents were immigrants from Aleppo, Syria.[2] Tayback moved with his family to Burbank, California, during his teenage years and attended Burbank High School, he ended up living in the area for the rest of his life, eventually moving to nearby Glendale, California, where he resided until his death.

A lifetime member of the Actors Studio,[3] Tayback was a familiar face on television in the 1960s and 1970s, appearing on numerous series as a character actor. Two notable appearances were in the "Et tu, Archie?" fourth-season episode of All in the Family as Archie's old friend, Joe Tucker, and as the 1920s-style gangster-boss Jojo Krako in the Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action".

Tayback's most famous role was diner owner Mel Sharples in both the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and the television series Alice (1976–1985). Although Alfred Lutter reprised his role as Alice's son Tommy in the pilot episode of the television series (he was replaced by Philip McKeon when the series began), Vic Tayback was the only actor in the original film to reprise his role for the rest of the series.[4] Tayback received one Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1978 and three Golden Globe Award nominations (winning two) from 1980 to 1982 for the role.




  • Alice (Ep: "Alice Faces the Music")


Tayback died of a heart attack in 1990 and was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Tayback was survived by his wife Sheila, whom he married in 1962, they had one son, Christopher Tayback, who briefly acted before attending law school.


  1. ^ "Vic Tayback Biography (1930–1990)". Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Archives: Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  4. ^ Film co-star Diane Ladd joined Alice mid-series playing a different character, and Alfred Lutter reprised his film role as Tommy for the pilot episode only .

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