For decades. the man who played the character of Papouli was a familiar face to film and television fans. Canadian actor Jack Kruschen had over 225 acting credits in a resume dating back to the 1940s, per IMDb -– and that was without counting his prolific work as a radio actor. As a high school student, Kruschen was “discovered” by a scout for CBS Radio while performing in a production of Hollywood High, and he was soon cast in a radio show, according to The New York Times.
Long before he landed the famed “Full House” role, Kruschen appeared in everything from “Little House on the Prairie” to “The A-Team.” He also had that Greek grandpa thing, playing “Papa” Papadapolis in a recurring role on the 1980s sitcom “Webster.”
However, he made his biggest mark on the big screen. Kruschen earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Dr. Dreyfuss in the 1960 Jack Lemmon/Shirley MacLaine film “The Apartment.” “Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon are the best things that ever happened to me “, said Kruschen. The Los Angeles Times. “They worked with me, helped me, brought out the ability to use everything I learned from my craft.”
After dealing with health issues for several years prior, Kruschen died while traveling on April 2, 2002, at the age of 80.