Although he had already established himself as a substantial vaudeville, Broadway and film star, congenial light comedian and singer Jack Haley will forever be remembered as the Tin Woodsman in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Look for him opposite Shirley Temple in The Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), Alice Faye in Wake Up and Live (1937) and Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) and Judy Garland in an early role in Pigskin Parade (1936). Retired from the screen in the '50s, he started a highly successful second career in real estate. His son, producer Jack Haley, Jr., not only became an important film-history documentarian but was also briefly married to Liza Minnelli, daughter of his father's Oz co-star Judy Garland.
Biography by Rovi
- Got his show-business start in vaudeville.
- Performed in a number of Broadway productions between 1924 and 1950, including Round the Town and Gay Paree.
- Was not the original choice to play the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He replaced Buddy Ebsen after the actor had a severe reaction to the aluminum dust in his makeup.
- Softened his naturally gruff voice for his role as the Tin Man, opting instead for a gentler tone that he said he used when reading to his children.
- Retired from show business in the 1950s to begin a second career in real estate.
- Wrote a memoir of his time in Hollywood, which his daughter published in 1978 under the title Heart of the Tin Man: The Collected Writings of Jack Haley.