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Nehemiah Persoff

1919-08-02 Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Nehemiah Persoff (born August 2, 1919) was a former American film and television character actor. He was born in Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate. Born in what is now part of Israel, Persoff emigrated with his family to the United States in 1929. He began to take an interest in acting in the 1940s, and after serving in the Army during World War II, he began to pursue his acting career in the New York Theater. In 1947, he was accepted into the Actor's Studio and eventually began appearing in films. His film credits include: On the Waterfront, Some Like It Hot, Al Capone, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Voyage of the Damned, The Comancheros, Yentl (portraying Barbra Streisand's character's father), Twins and the American Tail (animated-film series) (voiced, "Papa Mousekewitz"). Persoff appeared in such television series as, Five Fingers ("The Moment of Truth"), The Big Valley ("Legend of a General", Parts I & II, episode), The Twilight Zone ("Judgment Night" episode), Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Heart of Gold" episode), The Untouchables, Naked City, The Legend of Jesse James, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O, Ellery Queen ("The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse" episode), Mission: Impossible (3 episodes), Adam-12 ("Vendetta" episode), Charlie's Angels, Hunter, Columbo, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Magnum, P.I., Law & Order and Chicago Hope. In the mid-1980s, Persoff began to pursue painting, specializing in watercolour. This was at a time when health problems forced him to decrease his acting workload. Description above from the Wikipedia article Nehemiah Persoff, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Tony Curtis - le gamin de Bronx Self 2012-03-20
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1999-02-04
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1998-11-16
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1991-11-21
Twins Mitchell Traven 1988-12-08
An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1986-11-21
Yentl Rebbe Mendel 1983-11-18
O'Hara's Wife Doctor Fisher 1982-01-01
St. Helens Mr. Ellison 1981-09-01
The Henderson Monster Prof. Leo Tedeschi 1980-05-26
Turnover Smith Ashmed Amad 1980-06-08
In Search of Historic Jesus Herod Antipas 1979-08-01
Killing Stone Earl Stone 1978-05-02
A Double Life 1978-01-17
Daniel in the Lions' Den Malimar 1978-11-22
Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women Charles Frohman 1978-05-21
Deadly Harvest Mort Logan 1977-08-21
Voyage of the Damned Herr Hauser 1976-12-22
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Rudenko 1976-09-29
Eric Dr. Duchesnes 1975-11-10
Psychic Killer Doctor Gubner 1975-12-01
The Sex Symbol Nick Fortis 1974-09-17
The Stranger Within Dr. Edward Klein 1974-10-01
Dracula Dr. Van Helsing 1973-01-01
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife Champagne Joe Carroll 1972-10-11
Michael O'Hara the Fourth Artie Moreno 1972-03-26
Lapin 360 1972-10-08
Mrs. Pollifax — Spy Berisha 1971-02-17
Red Sky at Morning Amadeo Montoya 1971-05-12
Cutter's Trail Santillo 1970-02-10
The People Next Door Dr. Salazar 1970-08-26
The Girl Who Knew Too Much Lieutenant Crawford 1969-11-07
The Power Prof. Carl Melnicker 1968-02-21
Panic in the City August Best 1968-10-01
Il giorno della civetta Pizzuco 1968-02-17
Escape to Mindanao Capt. Kramer 1968-12-07
The Money Jungle Lt. Dow Reeves 1967-12-15
The Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones Skoda 1966-12-25
Too Many Thieves Georgi 1966-10-13
The Greatest Story Ever Told Shemiah 1965-02-15
Fate Is the Hunter Ben Sawyer 1964-11-08
A Global Affair Under Secretary Segura 1964-01-30
The Hook Capt. Van Ryn 1963-02-15
The Big Show Bruno Everard 1961-05-10
The Comancheros Graile 1961-10-30
Day of the Outlaw Dan, Starret's Foreman 1959-07-01
The Killers of Mussolini Benito Mussolini 1959-06-04
Never Steal Anything Small Pinelli 1959-02-11
Some Like It Hot Little Bonaparte 1959-03-19
Al Capone Johnny Torrio 1959-03-25
Green Mansions Don Panta 1959-03-19
The Badlanders Vincente (The Powder Monkey) 1958-09-03
This Angry Age Albert Legros 1957-10-31
Mayerling Police Officer 1957-02-04
Men in War Sfc. Lewis 1957-06-07
Street of Sinners Leon 1957-08-30
The Harder They Fall Leo 1956-05-09
The Wrong Man Eugene 'Gene' Conforti 1956-12-22
The Wild Party Kicks Johnson 1956-12-21
The Thief D'Arnault-Olivier 1955-01-04
On the Waterfront Cab Driver (uncredited) 1954-06-22
Marty The Critic 1953-05-24