August 10, 1952 – June 27, 2020
Jack Milo, the man who brightened so many people's lives, was born on August 10th, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Second child to Ljubomir and Meta Milobratovic, and younger brother to Slavko, he loved playing baseball and being the class clown. In high school, he played the only non-singing role in Brigadoon and this started his lifelong love of performing.
In community theater, he met Cheryl Stefanski, the woman he married in October of 1971, and in 1974, they gave birth to their only child, Wendi.
In 1977, he started his professional career at Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, where he later appeared in many productions including Polly, Nicholas Nickleby, and A Child's Christmas in Wales. He got his Equity card at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
Touring with Don Brockett's Big Bad Burlesque across the United States was a memorable experience. One of the stops on that tour was the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois, where he became a beloved and regular performer in their Summer Stock productions.
Over the years, he would return to portray such roles as Billis in South Pacific, the Devil in Damn Yankees, Oscar in The Odd Couple, and most notably Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
It was here he premiered a labor of love, his popular one man show, "Now Cut That Out; Images of Jack Benny," which he wrote and starred in.
Jack's film work included roles in Atlas Shrugged Part I (2011), Sunflower (2004), and Conversations in Limbo (1998). His best known character was Villapiano, the enthusiastic pizzeria owner in That Thing You Do (1996).
In his private life, he was a devoted husband, father and friend to so many. In 1989, the Milo family moved to beautiful Downtown Burbank, California, where his daughter Wendi married Eric Harvel in 1999, and they had Jack's first grandchild Jack Dylan (JD) Harvel in 2003, followed by Samantha Jane Harvel in 2007.
He was an amazing grandfather, helping them with their homework, coming to their school performances, and cheering them on from the sidelines at their baseball and softball games.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl, his daughter Wendi (Eric) Harvel, his two grandchildren, JD and Sami, and his brother Slavko (Sylvia) Milobratovic.
For anyone who would like to donate, the family is requesting donations to be made in his name to the Actors Fund HERE.
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July 5, 2020
Jack was such a wonderful person and a fabulous actor! I just loved being on stage with him! What a great man! Rest In Peace.
Sending my thoughts & prayers to his family.
July 2, 2020
Thanks for the memories, Jack. I’m so blessed to have shared the stage with him. My deepest condolences to his family.
July 1, 2020
Dear Shari and Wendy....My sincere sadness and sympathy in the loss of Jack, your husband and Dad.
A flood of wonderful memories come back to me from our days together at Southwest Cultural Arts in Cleveland. We sure had a lot of fun with Gene & Marie and so many talented friends. Among the MANY shows we did, I particularly remember playing opposite Jack in "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off." And I remember the countless beautiful costumes you created, Shari. I respected Jack's enormous talent and dedication and I really loved the time I spent with both of you.
Shari and Wendy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure that Jack, Gene & Marie are already planning a Heavenly Production. Rest in peace, Jack, my Friend! Love, Carole Gaspar
Whit and Millie Reichert
June 30, 2020
We are saddened by the news of our good friend, Jack, passing. Our love goes out to Shari and Wendy and the rest of the family.
We did many shows with Jack at the Hayloft and Beef and Boards Dinner Theatres and our beloved Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois.
Jack was a riot to work with onstage. Always the professional. And to quote him, “I say my lines and I get offstage.”
However ,we most fondly remember him holding court at Jibbys, sharing a butt steak and a beer.
You will be missed Jack!