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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 series The Philco Television Playhouse 1948-10-03
Latest Project:
Movie Eric 2022
Known For
Poster of An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Poster of Twins
Poster of The Greatest Story Ever Told
Poster of The Big Show
Movie Eric Dr. Duchesnes 2022
Movie Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom Self 2012-03-20
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
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1991-11-21
Series Law & Order David Steinmetz 1990-09-13
Movie Twins Mitchell Traven 1988-12-09
Series J.J. Starbuck Unknown 1987-09-26
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation Toff 1987-09-28
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Movie An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1986-11-21
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie Yentl Rebbe Mendel 1983-11-18
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Movie O'Hara's Wife Doctor Fisher 1982-01-01
Movie St. Helens Mr. Ellison 1981-09-01
Movie The Henderson Monster Prof. Leo Tedeschi 1980-05-26
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Movie Turnover Smith Ashmed Amad 1980-06-08
Movie In Search of Historic Jesus Herod Antipas 1979-08-01
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Series The French Atlantic Affair Colonel Schreiner 1979-11-15
Movie Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women Charles Frohman 1978-05-21
Movie A Double Life Unknown 1978-01-17
Series Battlestar Galactica Eastern Alliance Leader 1978-09-17
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie Daniel in the Lions' Den Malimar 1978-11-22
Series Hunter Unknown 1977-02-18
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Movie Deadly Harvest Mort Logan 1977-08-21
Series Logan's Run Unknown 1977-09-16
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Rudenko 1976-09-29
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Voyage of the Damned Herr Hauser 1976-12-22
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Series Baretta Unknown 1975-01-17
Series The Invisible Man Dr. Leon Barnard 1975-09-08
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie Psychic Killer Doctor Gubner 1975-12-01
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie The Stranger Within Dr. Edward Klein 1974-10-01
Movie Dracula Dr. Van Helsing 1973-01-01
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie Michael O'Hara the Fourth Artie Moreno 1972-03-26
Movie Lieutenant Schuster's Wife Champagne Joe Carroll 1972-10-11
Movie Lapin 360 Unknown 1972-10-08
Series Cool Million Unknown 1972-10-28
Movie Red Sky at Morning Amadeo Montoya 1971-05-12
Movie Mrs. Pollifax — Spy Berisha 1971-02-17
Series Columbo Jesse Jerome 1971-09-15
Series The Chicago Teddy Bears Unknown 1971-09-17
Movie Cutter's Trail Santillo 1970-02-10
Series McCloud Unknown 1970-02-17
Movie The People Next Door Dr. Salazar 1970-08-26
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Series The Bill Cosby Show Unknown 1969-09-14
Movie The Girl Who Knew Too Much Lieutenant Crawford 1969-11-07
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Power Prof. Carl Melnicker 1968-02-21
Movie The Day of the Owl Pizzuco 1968-02-17
Series Adam-12 Unknown 1968-09-21
Series The Treasure of San Bosco Reef Captain Malcione 1968-11-24
Series Land of the Giants Titus 1968-09-22
Movie Panic in the City August Best 1968-10-01
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie The Money Jungle Lt. Dow Reeves 1967-12-15
Series The Time Tunnel Prof. Anton Biraki 1966-09-09
Series Tarzan Chembe Kunji 1966-09-08
Series Jericho Unknown 1966-09-15
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Movie The Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones Skoda 1966-12-25
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Movie Too Many Thieves Georgi 1966-10-13
Movie The Greatest Story Ever Told Shemiah 1965-02-15
Series The Legend of Jesse James Unknown 1965-09-13
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Honey West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie A Global Affair Under Secretary Segura 1964-01-30
Series Gilligan's Island Unknown 1964-09-26
Movie Fate Is the Hunter Ben Sawyer 1964-11-08
Movie The Hook Capt. Van Ryn 1963-02-15
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Wonderful World of Disney Unknown 1961-09-24
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Movie The Big Show Bruno Everard 1961-05-10
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie The Comancheros Graile 1961-10-30
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 Pablo 1959-03-12
Movie Green Mansions Don Panta 1959-03-19
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 Pablo 1959-03-19
Movie Never Steal Anything Small Pinelli 1959-02-11
Movie The Killers of Mussolini Benito Mussolini 1959-06-04
Series Mr. Lucky Unknown 1959-10-24
Series The Twilight Zone Carl Lanser 1959-10-02
Movie Day of the Outlaw Dan, Starret's Foreman 1959-07-01
Movie Al Capone Johnny Torrio 1959-03-25
Movie Some Like It Hot Little Bonaparte 1959-03-19
Movie The Badlanders Vincente (The Powder Monkey) 1958-09-03
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Men in War Sfc. Nate Lewis 1957-06-07
Movie Mayerling Police Officer 1957-02-04
Movie Street of Sinners Leon 1957-08-30
Movie This Angry Age Albert Legros 1957-10-31
Movie The Harder They Fall Leo 1956-05-09
Movie The Wrong Man Eugene 'Gene' Conforti 1956-12-22
Movie The Wild Party Kicks Johnson 1956-12-21
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Playwrights '56 Unknown 1955-10-04
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie On the Waterfront Cab Driver (uncredited) 1954-06-22
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series The United States Steel Hour Dr. Arnault / Oliver 1953-10-27
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Armstrong Circle Theatre Unknown 1950-06-06
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03