Jack Kelk


Jack Kelk, best known as Homer Brown in the TV series “The Aldrich Family,” died from a lung infection Thursday Sept. 5 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 81.

Kelk, who also appeared in the 1957 film “The Pajama Game,” was born in Brooklyn and was known as Jackie Kelk when he began a Broadway stage career as a child. He also played characters on radio programs such as “Coast to Coast on the Bus,” “The Children’s Hour,” “The Gumps, “Dick Tracy,” “Let’s Pretend,” but became synonymous with Homer Brown in the 1949-50 NBC program “The Aldrich Family.”

He also appeared in the movies “Wrongorilla” (1933) Born to Be Bad” (1934) and “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956). On TV he also appeared on television’s “Young Mr. Bobbin” (1951), “The Donna Reed Show” (1958) and “Leave It to Beaver” (1957).

Kelk is survived by a sister, niece and grandniece.

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