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Nehemiah Persoff

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Nehemiah Persoff (born August 2, 1919) is 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. Now retired from acting, he is devoted full-time to his painting. Description above from the Wikipedia article Nehemiah Persoff, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 2, 1919 In Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie On the Waterfront 1954-06-22
Latest Project:
Movie An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster 1999-02-04
Known For
Movie An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1999-02-04
Movie An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1998-11-16
Movie An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1991-11-21
Movie Twins Mitchell Traven 1988-12-09
Movie An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1986-11-21
Movie St. Helens 1981-09-01
Movie The Henderson Monster Prof. Leo Tedeschi 1980-05-26
Movie In Search of Historic Jesus Herod Antipas 1979-08-01
Movie Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women Charles Frohman 1978-05-21
Movie Daniel in the Lions' Den Malimar 1978-11-22
Movie Deadly Harvest Mort Logan 1977-08-21
Movie Voyage of the Damned Herr Hauser 1976-12-22
Movie Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Rudenko 1976-09-29
Movie Psychic Killer Doctor Gubner 1975-12-01
Movie The Stranger Within Dr. Edward Klein 1974-10-01
Movie Dracula Dr. Van Helsing 1973-01-01
Movie Lapin 360 1972-10-08
Movie Red Sky at Morning Amadeo Montoya 1971-05-12
Movie Mrs. Pollifax-Spy Berisha 1971-05-21
Movie The People Next Door Dr. Salazar 1970-08-26
Movie The Day of the Owl Pizzuco 1968-02-17
Movie The Power Prof. Carl Melnicker 1968-02-21
Movie Panic in the City August Best 1968-10-01
Movie Too Many Thieves Georgi 1967-08-11
Movie The Money Jungle Lt. Dow Reeves 1967-12-15
Movie The Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones Skoda 1966-12-25
Movie A Global Affair Under Secretary Segura 1964-01-30
Movie Fate Is the Hunter Ben Sawyer 1964-11-08
Movie The Hook Capt. Van Ryn 1963-02-15
Movie The Big Show Bruno Everard 1961-05-10
Movie The Comancheros Graile 1961-10-30
Movie Some Like It Hot Little Bonaparte 1959-03-19
Movie Never Steal Anything Small Pinelli 1959-02-11
Movie Al Capone Johnny Torrio 1959-03-25
Movie Day of the Outlaw Dan, Starret's Foreman 1959-07-01
Movie The Badlanders Vincente (The Powder Monkey) 1958-09-03
Movie Men in War Sfc. Nate Lewis 1957-03-19
Movie This Angry Age Albert Legros 1957-01-01
Movie Street of Sinners Leon 1957-09-01
Movie The Harder They Fall Leo 1956-05-09
Movie The Wild Party Kicks Johnson 1956-12-21
Movie The Wrong Man Eugene 'Gene' Conforti 1956-12-22
Movie On the Waterfront Cab Driver (uncredited) 1954-06-22
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