Vic Tayback is an American actor from Brooklyn, New York, who is best known for his work in the long-running CBS sitcom, Alice. Born in 1930, his family moved to the Los Angeles area when he was a teenager. Tayback studied drama after graduating high school in Burbank,…more
Vic attended both Glendale Community College and The Frederick A. Speare School of Radio and TV Broadcasting.
While in high school, a 16 year old Vic was a varisty football player and continued to play in college.
Vic was so disappointed in his work for his feature film debut, the 1961 film Door-to Door Maniac, he always excluded it from his resume.
In 1983, Vic had to have triple-heart bypass surgery, which caused him to miss two episodes in the eighth season of Alice.
After his role on Alice ended, Vic helped co-found the Los Angeles theatre group "Company of Angels".
In 1985, Vic appeared in a famous commerical for Heinz 57 sauce.
While struggling to make it as an actor, Vic worked as a cab driver and a bank teller.
In 1949, Vic graduated from Burbank High School, which he attended along with Debbie Reynolds.
Vic originally wanted to be a sportscaster.
Vic was the owner of many thoroughbreds and loved horse racing.
Vic was a heavy smoke, which lead to many heart problems.
Vic was of Syrian descent.
Before becoming an actor, Vic was in the U.S. Navy.
Vic is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.
Vic was the father of one son, Christopher.
Vic's character of Mel Sharples on Alice was the exact same character he played in the 1974 movie the show was based on Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
Vic was married to Sheila McKay Barnard from 1952 until his death on May 25th 1990.
Vic moved to Burbank, California with his family when he was a teenager.
Vic won two Golden Globes and was nominated once in the following years:
(1980) Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role
for "Alice". (won)
(1981) Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for "Alice". (won)
(1982) Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
for "Alice". (nominated)
Vic was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in "Alice" in 1978.