Rick Jason

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Rick Jason (May 21, 1923 – October 16, 2000), born Richard Jacobson, was an American actor, born in New York City, and most remembered for his role as 2nd Lt. Gil Hanley in the ABC television drama Combat! (1962–1967).

Biography

An only child of Jewish parents, Jason was expelled from several prep schools before graduating from Rhodes Preparatory School in Manhattan. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1945.

After the War, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on the GI Bill, and held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. While in attendance at a New York play, he was spotted by Hume Cronyn, who then cast him in Now I Lay me Down to Sleep. The role earned Jason a Theater World Award and a Hollywood contract with Columbia Pictures.

Later on, M-G-M was searching for an actor to replace Fernando Lamas in the movie Sombrero and gave the role to Jason, who was earlier released from Columbia Pictures. It was a success and it led to The Saracen Blade and This Is My Love.

Fox signed him for the male lead role in The Lieutenant Wore Skirts and later signed for a multi-picture contract....
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