Jacob (Al) Wallen, a former stage actor, died Saturday of cancer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. He was 74.
Following World War II service, during which he participated in the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Nazi prison camps, he was put under contract by Columbia Pictures after studying drama with Charles Laughton.
He later performed at San Diego’s Globe Theater, where he received three Atlas Awards for “A Man for All Seasons,” “Inherit the Wind” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
He later switched careers and worked in the aerospace industry as a planner for Hughes Aircraft until his retirement in 1990.
He then returned to acting, appearing on several TV series including “Diagnosis Murder.”
Wallen is survived by three sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cresse Eagle Rock Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to cancer or AIDS research, P.A.W.S. or a charity of the donor’s choice.