Tayback appeared in dozens of films and stage productions, but the role of his career was Mel Sharples on the long-running CBS-TV series Alice, which he played from 1976 to 1985. It brought him two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award nomination for best supporting actor.
His many big screen appearances include the films Papillon, Bullitt, The Cheap Detective and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, which was the basis for the television series Alice. After making his television debut in 1958, he appeared in scores of shows, including Star Trek, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Bonanza.
Vic died of sudden heart attack at the age of sixty in 1990. 
- [www.imdb.com/name/nm0851861 Vic Tayback] at the Internet Movie Database )IMDb)