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Vic Tayback
Born Victor Tayback
January 6, 1930(1930-01-06)
Brooklyn, New York City,
United States
Died May 25, 1990 (aged 60)
Glendale, California,
United States
Other name(s) Vic Tabback
Vic E. Tayback
Victor Tayback
Vic Taybeck
Spouse(s) Sheila McKay Barnard (1962-1990; by his death)

Victor "Vic" Tayback (January 6, 1930 – May 25, 1990) was an American actor.

Life and career

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 city for the rest of his life.

His most famous role was diner owner Mel Sharples in the 1974 movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, followed up by his reprisal of the role on the related television series, called Alice, which ran from 1976 to 1985.

Tayback also guest starred in an episode of the fourth season of All in the Family which was called "Et tu, Archie?" In this particular episode, Tayback portrayed Archie's old friend, Joe Tucker.

Tayback's performance as the alien gangster boss Jojo Krako in the Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action" was also memorable.


Recurring Role:

Guest Star:


  • Alice (Alice Faces the Music)

He also appeared in TV commercials including one for Aqua Velva after shave lotion as a spectator in the stands who shouts at then-Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose "Hey, Pete Rose! What does a man really want in an after-shave lotion?"

One of Tayback's last roles was in the 1989 video remake of the Buck Owens (and later The Beatles) hit "Act Naturally" which featured Owens and former Beatle Ringo Starr.

Tayback died at the age of sixty of a sudden heart attack in 1990 and was interred at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery 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. He is a partner at Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles.


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