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Jack Carson Dead at 52

Jan. 2, 1963 - Jack Carson, the chunky, moon-faced comedian and dancer of motion pictures, nightclubs, and television died of cancer at his home in Encino, Calif., today. He was 52 years old. He had been ill since Oct. 26 when he collapsed during a rehearsal with what was then announced as stomach trouble. His pictures included “Destry Rides Again,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Gentleman Jim,” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.” His recent films included “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “A Star Is Born.” Mr. Carson was the third prominent Hollywood figure to succumb to cancer in less than three weeks. Both Charles Laughton and Thomas Mitchell died in mid-December.

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