Jack Lambert, movie and television actor specializing in villain roles from the '40's through the '60's, was born John Taylor Lambert in Yonkers NY on 13 Apr 1920. The Social Security Death Index gives his death date as 18 Feb 2000 and his last residence as Carmel CA. Several web sites show the year of his death as 2002. I have not seen documentary confirmation or a newspaper report of either the year of his death or the place. There appears to be very little biographical information about him online.
Jack grew up in Yonkers. As a Boy Scout, he earned merit badges in swimming and life-saving. He attended Nathaniel Hawthorne Junior High School and Yonkers High School, where school plays introduced him to the rudiments of acting. He apparently graduated in 1937. The year 1939 found him living at the YMCA in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a student at Colorado College. His major there was reportedly English. The 1940 census shows him in Columbus, Ohio, as a 19-year-old "legitimate stage actor" who five years earlier was living in Yonkers. It also lists him in his parents' home in Yonkers, occupation "actor, show business". He registered for the WWII draft at Yonkers, living at 41 Morris Street. After a few years acting in small parts on Broadway and doing some assistant directing, he moved to Hollywood around 1943 and began his movie career. After it ended, he and his wife reportedly ran a boutique or shop of some kind in Carmel, California. He married Frances Dalton on 26 May 1945. The number of their children is not known. Two names are online: John Taylor Lambert and Lee J. Lambert. Lee was a television actor. After the birth of John, his first child, Jack is quoted as having said, "There's only one trouble with my son: he looks just like me."
Jack had one sibling, an older brother, Andy. Their parents were John B. T. and Elizabeth Lambert of Yonkers.
JOHN BRODIE THOMSON LAMBERT was born 13 Jan 1887 in Arbroath, Angusshire, Scotland, the eighth child of Andrew and Annie (Lindsay) Lambert. John spent four years in the British Army as a private in an artillery outfit before immigrating to this country in 1909. In 1910 he and his brother George were living together in Manhattan, both working as linemen for the New York Telephone Company. By 1920 both had married and moved, George to Brooklyn and John to Yonkers. John married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), who was born in New York in 1897. Their son Andy was born in 1918, followed by Jack in 1920.
John was active in the Masons and Grand Master of Thistle Lodge, F. & A.M, in Yonkers. Elizabeth was Chief Daughter of the Helen MacGregor Lodge of the Daughters of Scotia. John served as chief of Clan MacGregor No. 106, Order of Scottish Clans. For 24 years he devoted much of his time to the Boy Scouts in different capacities, one being Scoutmaster of Troop 43, sponsored by Dayspring Presbyterian Church. He was District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts, District Chairman in Yonkers and served on the Boy Scout Council. In 1938 he was honored with the Silver Beaver Award for "distinguished service to boyhood". This is the highest award a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter.
John loved music, had a good baritone voice, loved to perform, and would enlist his young sons to help him entertain at Masonic and Scouting functions and church concerts in Yonkers and surrounding towns. At one event Jack recited the Gettysburg Address. John and Andy would dress in Scottish attire, and John would recite Scottish poetry and sing Scottish ballads. Andy, a gifted musician, would accompany his father. John would also lead the gatherings in choral singing.
A Dobbs Ferry NY newspaper article from 1935 described one of John's performances:
"It is tactless but true that J. B. T. Lambert of Yonkers stole the annual high school public speaking contest in the high school auditorium Tuesday evening. The hall was hot. The floor squeaked. The audience fidgeted and the clock ticked endlessly on and on. Then, for no reason at all, Mr. Lambert started arguing about the music with H. Tondra, the accompanist, and a twitter ran through the audience. Mr. Lambert began to sing. Backs stiffened, shoulders swayed, feet tapped and Mr. Lambert, like the real artist he is, lifted his hearers out of the auditorium and out of themselves, into the oblivion of pure enjoyment. The polite applause suddenly became furious. The people wanted more. They insisted on having more! And eventually they compelled Mr. Lambert to give them more. He is a braw, bonny man is J. B. T. Lambert, with the breath of the heather in his burr. The wiggle of his imaginary kilts will find a resting place in the memories of many, along with the gaiters of Harry Lauder, the shuffle of Bert Williams and the lariat of Will Rogers, and the enduring artistry of the gifted company of entertainers who purvey permanent instead of fleeting pleasure. .."
John retired from the phone company, and in 1947 he and Elizabeth moved to North Hollywood, California, to be near their sons. John, or "Pop", as he was known by then, continued his Scouting work there until shortly before his death. He died of cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital in North Hollywood in 1953. Elizabeth, born in 1897, evidently died in 1970 in Los Angeles County.
Jack's brother Andy was Andrew D. L. Lambert, born 29 Mar 1918 in Yonkers. Andy joined the Boy Scouts and took part in the normal activities, such as leading in the flag salute, collecting clothes for the needy, giving a demonstration on signaling. He graduated from Yonkers' Gorton High School, achieving high honors in orchestra and men's choir. He joined the Navy in 1939 and studied at the Navy School of Music in Washington DC. The tuba was his main instrument, but he also played string bass in the jazz band. Among the ships he served aboard were the USS Pyro, the Boise and the Honolulu. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was a Musician First Class on the USS Pennsylania, the flagship of Adm. Husband Kimmel's fleet, tied up at the main dock at Pearl Harbor. The ship was hit during the infamous sneak attack. Andy suffered leg injuries and was shell-shocked at the sight of his shipmates, just a few feet away from him, being mangled and instantly killed. In a letter dated the next day, he let his parents know that he was "all right; safe and sound" and that "everything is being done for a quick victory". For further treatment he was sent to the Naval Hospital at San Diego and discharged from the service. At a Valentine's Day party in Berkeley in 1942 he met his future wife, Margaret Ann Wass, formerly of Seattle. Andy told shipmate and fellow musician John E. Lambert - no relation - about Margaret's good-looking sister, Betty Jo, and the two Lamberts became brothers-in-law. John also attended the Navy School of Music. Back at Yonkers Andy worked as a control room operator at the Yonkers Air Raid center. The person he replaced in that job was Joseph Lambert - no relation. A newspaper article of October, 1942, said that Andy, a war casualty, was to be the guest of honor at a concert and block dance by his union, Musicians Local 402, in cooperation with the Yonkers War Savings Staff. Price of admission would be the purchase of a war stamp. Andy would assist in the sale of the war bonds and stamps. Andy returned to California and worked as a musician, living at Pasadena, Hawthorne and North Hollywood. He was a member of the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. Later moved to Seattle, where he died on 8 Oct 1994.
CHILDREN OF ANDREW LAMBERT AND ANNIE (LINDSAY) LAMBERT ARE:
1. ROBERT RODGER LAMBERT, b 21 Feb 1876 Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland; d 1948 Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
2. MARGARET E. LAMBERT, b ca 1877 Cupar.
3. JESSIE N. LAMBERT, b 1878 Cupar. May be the Miss Jessie Lambert living in Arbroath, Scotland, in 1931 and/or the Miss Jessie Nulson Lambert who died 1966 and is buried in Arbroath.
4. EUPHEMIA LINDSAY LAMBERT, b 12 Jul 1879 Cupar, d 15 Sep 1957 Vancouver, BC, Canada; m James Davidson.
5. CHARLES LINDSAY LAMBERT, b 14 Apr 1881 Arbroath, d 1962 London, England. Charles immigrated in 1900. By 1910 he was working as an electrical lineman in oil fields near Maricopa, California. He joined the Industrial Workers of the World (I. W. W. or "Wobblies") and became a union organizer. He rose to membership on the Executive Council. The union was responsible for millions of dollars of damage to crops and businesses in their attempt to end capitalist exploitation. In 1917 Charles was arrested at Minneapolis along with many other Wobblies and charged under the Espionage Act. In September 1917 he was working in the kitchen at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. After a mass trial that lasted from April 1, 1918, to the end of August, Charles was convicted and given a 20 year sentence. Four years later his sentence was commuted by President Harding and in April 1923 he was deported back to Scotland. His occupation on his return was listed as baker. He later prospected for diamonds in British Guiana and worked in the oil fields of Curacao. He ended up as a runner for a bookmaker in London, where he died in his 80's.
There is a good deal of information about Charles and the Wobblies trial online. Google "Charles L. Lambert" and "I.W.W."
6. GEORGE AMOS LAMBERT, b 11 Apr 1884 Arbroath, d 28 Dec 1972 Stuart, Florida; m Kings Co NY 5 Sep 1914 Alice May Findlay. Immigrated in 1906. George retired as a managing executive of the New York Telephone Company. Lived Brooklyn NY. His NY Times obituary contains a long list of impressive titles and offices he held in the Masons, including Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of New York State in 1943. His wife was Grand Worthy President of Melville Ladies Council 9, an auxiliary of the Universal Craftsman Council of Engineers.
7. ANNIE KELLY LAMBERT, b 14 Apr 1885 Arbroath, d 11 Jul 1964 according to BC death register [Findagrave.com gives death date of 28 Aug 1944]; m Vancouver BC 24 Jan 1927 Arthur Tilley. Annie immigrated to Canada in 1920 and lived for some time with her sister Euphemia Davidson at Victoria, BC.
8. JOHN BRODIE THOMSON LAMBERT, b 13 Jan 1887 Arbroath, d 14 Oct 1953 North Hollywood CA; m Elizabeth, b ca 1897 NY. She may be the Elizabeth Lambert who was born 25 Jan 1897 in New York and died 1 May 1970 in Los Angeles Co CA.