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Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback 1976.JPG
Tayback in 1976
Born(1930-01-06)January 6, 1930
DiedMay 25, 1990(1990-05-25) (aged 60)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park
Years active1955–1989
Sheila Maureen Barnard
(m. 1962; his death 1990)

Victor E. "Vic" Tayback (January 6, 1930 – May 25, 1990) was an American actor. He is known for his role as Mel Sharples in the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and the television series Alice (1976–1985). The latter earned him two consecutive Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Life and career

Tayback was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, to Helen (née Hanood) and Najeeb James Tayback.[1] His parents were immigrants from Aleppo, Syria.[2] He moved with his family to Burbank, California during his teenage years and attended Burbank High School, from which he graduated in 1949. He also attended Glendale Community College and the Frederick A. Speare School of Radio and TV Broadcasting.

Tayback served in the United States Navy before beginning his acting career at the age of 25. A lifetime member of the Actors Studio,[3] he was a familiar face on television in the 1960s and 1970s, appearing on numerous series, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Star Trek, Bonanza, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. He also appeared in many films such as Bullitt (1968), Papillon (1973), The Gambler (1974), The Cheap Detective (1978), and All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), as well as more than 25 stage productions, including Twelve Angry Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Death of a Salesman, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He was the co-founder of the theater troupe Company of Angels.

Tayback's most famous role was diner owner Mel Sharples in both the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and the television series Alice (1976–1985). He was the only actor in the original film to reprise his role for the rest of the series.[4] For the role, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1978 and won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards in 1980 and 1981.



Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1978 30th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Alice Nominated
1980 37th Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series Won
1981 38th Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
1982 39th Golden Globe Awards Nominated

Personal life

Tayback was married to Sheila Maureen Barnard (1932–2001) from March 16, 1963 until his death on May 25, 1990. They had a son, Christopher (born 1963), who is a business trial lawyer and former prosecutor.


Tayback died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in Glendale, California on May 25, 1990.[5][6][7] He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).


  1. ^ "Vic Tayback Biography (1930-1990)". Film Reference. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "TV'S 'MEL' DIES OF HEART ATTACK". Greensboro. May 25, 1990. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  4. ^ Diane Ladd joined Alice mid-series playing a different character and Alfred Lutter reprised his film role as Tommy for the pilot episode only .
  5. ^ Oliver, Myrna (May 26, 1990). "Vic Tayback; Actor Best Known as Mel in 'Alice' TV Series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Vic Tayback Dies; Actor, 60, Was Mel In the 'Alice' Series". The New York Times. May 26, 1990. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "VIC TAYBACK, WHO PLAYED MEL IN 'ALICE' TV SERIES, DIES". The Washington Post. May 26, 1990. Retrieved July 3, 2020.

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