Richard Hanley Jaeckel (October 10, 1926-June 14, 1997) was an American actor of film and television. Jaeckel was born in Long Beach, New York. A short, but tough guy, he played a variety of characters during his fifty years in movies and television and became one of Hollywood's best known character actors. Jaeckel got his start in the business at the age of seventeen while working as a mailboy at 20th Century Fox studios in Hollywood. A casting director auditioned him for a key role in the 1943 film Guadalcanal Diary, Jaeckel won the role and settled into a lengthy career in supporting parts. He served in the United States Merchant Marine from 1944 to 1949 then starred in two of the most remembered war films of 1949: Battleground and Sands of Iwo Jima with John Wayne.
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