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Fritz Feld

Fritz Feld was born on October 15, 1900 in Berlin, Germany as Fritz Feilchenfeld. He is known for his work on Bringing Up Baby (1938), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and Hello, Dolly! (1969). He was married to Virginia Christine. He died on November 18, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Born in Berlin, Germany, Feld began his acting career in Germany in 1917, making his screen debut in Der Golem und die Tänzerin (The Golem and the Dancing Girl). Feld filmed the sound sequences of the Cecil B. DeMille film The Godless Girl, released by Pathé, without DeMille's supervision since DeMille had already broken his contract with Pathé, and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He developed a characterization that came to define him. His trademark was to slap his mouth with the palm of his hand to create a "pop!" sound that indicated both his superiority and his annoyance. The first use of the "pop" sound was in If You Knew Susie. Feld often played the part of a maître d', but also a variety of aristocrats and eccentrics; his characters were indeterminately European, sometimes French and sometimes Belgian but always with his particular mannerisms. In the 1938 screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby he played the role of Dr. Lehman. In 1939 he appeared with the Marx Brothers in At The Circus in the small but memorable role of French orchestra conductor Jardinet. In one 1967 episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "The Napoleon's Tomb Affair", Feld played a banker, a beatnik, a diplomat and a waiter. The episode also featured Ted Cassidy from The Addams Family. In his later years, Feld appeared in several Walt Disney films and also played an uncharacteristically dramatic role in Barfly. In addition to films, he acted in numerous television series in guest roles, including the recurring role of "Zumdish", the manager of the intergalactic Celestial Department Store on Lost In Space, in two Season 2 episodes, The Android Machine and The Toymaker. Zumdish returned in the Season 3 episode Two Weeks In Space, where he has been brainwashed by bank robbers into believing he is a tour director taking the robbers on holiday. He also portrayed one of the Harmonia Gardens waiters in the movie Hello Dolly! Feld made his final film appearance in 1989.

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Oct 15, 1900 In Berlin, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Golem: How He Came into the World 1920-10-28
Latest Project:
Movie Homer and Eddie 1989-08-17
Known For
Poster of History of the World: Part I
Poster of Herbie Goes Bananas
Poster of Herbie Rides Again
Poster of Come Live with Me
Movie Homer and Eddie Mortician 1989-08-17
Movie Barfly Bum 1987-09-02
Series Sledge Hammer! Announcer 1986-09-23
Series Amazing Stories Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Heidi's Song Sebastian 1982-11-19
Movie History of the World: Part I Maitre 'D - The Roman Empire 1981-06-12
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie Herbie Goes Bananas Chief Steward 1980-06-25
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Series Tabitha Unknown 1977-05-07
Movie The World's Greatest Lover Tomaso Abalone 1977-12-18
Movie Silent Movie Maitre d' 1976-06-17
Movie Freaky Friday Mr. Jackman 1976-12-17
Movie The Sunshine Boys Mr. Gilbert 1975-11-06
Movie The Strongest Man in the World Uncle Frederick 1975-02-06
Movie Herbie Rides Again Maitre d' 1974-02-14
Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie Call Her Mom Waiter 1972-02-16
Series The Odd Couple Maitre D' 1970-09-24
Movie The Comic Armand 1969-11-19
Movie Hello, Dolly! Rudolph's Assistant 1969-12-12
Movie The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Sigmund Van Dyke 1969-12-29
Series Land of the Giants Quigg 1968-09-22
Movie Barefoot in the Park Restaurant Proprietor 1967-05-25
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1966-09-13
Series Lost in Space Mr. Zumdish 1965-09-15
Movie Harlow Fritz--Window Washer in Movie (uncredited) 1965-06-23
Movie The Patsy Maitre D' 1964-06-24
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Series Valentine's Day Unknown 1964-09-18
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Promises! Promises! Ship's Doctor 1963-08-01
Movie Who's Minding the Store? Irving Catastrophe 1963-11-28
Movie 4 for Texas Fritz 1963-12-25
Movie The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers John Swallowtail 1962-01-06
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Movie The Ladies Man Hairdresser 1961-06-21
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Pierre 1961-12-18
Movie The Errand Boy Busby - Roaring 20's Director 1961-11-28
Movie Juke Box Rhythm Ambrose 1959-08-01
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series The Thin Man Unknown 1957-09-20
Movie Up In Smoke Dr. Bluzak 1957-12-22
Movie So You Want to Be Pretty Dr. Von Slaughter (uncredited) 1956-03-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Paris Playboys Marcel 1954-03-07
Movie Riding Shotgun Fritz 1954-04-01
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie Living It Up Barber (uncredited) 1954-07-15
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Crime Wave Jess (uncredited) 1953-10-22
Movie So You Want to Enjoy Life Dr. Hugo Flugleman (uncredited) 1952-03-29
Series Dangerous Assignment Unknown 1952-01-01
Movie Has Anybody Seen My Gal? Alvarez (uncredited) 1952-06-25
Movie Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick Headwaiter 1952-04-01
Movie O. Henry's Full House Maurice (segment "The Gift of the Magi") (uncredited) 1952-08-07
Movie So You Want to Wear the Pants Psychiatrist (uncredited) 1952-11-08
Series Mr. & Mrs. North Unknown 1952-10-03
Movie Rhythm Inn Prof. Rinaldo 1951-02-11
Movie Missing Women Pierre (hairdresser) 1951-02-23
Movie Kentucky Jubilee Rudolph Jouvet 1951-05-18
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Appointment with Danger Window Dresser 1950-04-07
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Trouble Makers Mr. Andre Schmidtlap - Hotel Manager 1949-01-02
Movie The Lovable Cheat Monsieur Louis 1949-05-11
Movie If You Knew Susie Chez Henri 1948-02-07
Movie The Noose Hangs High Psychiatrist 1948-04-05
Movie Julia Misbehaves Pepito 1948-08-08
Movie Mexican Hayride Professor Ganzmeyer 1948-12-27
Movie You Gotta Stay Happy Pierre 1948-10-28
Movie Carnival in Costa Rica Hotel Clerk 1947-03-28
Movie Fun on a Weekend Sergei Stroganoff 1947-05-15
Movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Anatole 1947-09-01
Movie Hollywood Wonderland Director (clip from "Swingtime in the Movies", 1938) (uncredited) 1947-08-09
Movie Movieland Magic Unknown 1946-03-09
Movie The Catman of Paris Prefect of Police 1946-04-20
Movie Her Sister's Secret Wine Salesman 1946-09-23
Movie I've Always Loved You Nicholas Kavlun 1946-12-02
Movie Gentleman Joe Palooka Club Steward 1946-10-05
Movie The Great John L. Claire's manager 1945-05-25
Movie George White's Scandals Montescu 1945-10-09
Movie Passport to Destiny Chief Janitor 1944-01-31
Movie Ever Since Venus Michele 1944-09-14
Movie Knickerbocker Holiday Poffenburgh 1944-03-17
Movie Heavenly Music Niccolò Paganini (uncredited) 1943-05-01
Movie Henry Aldrich Swings It Josef Altman 1943-06-23
Movie Holy Matrimony Critic 1943-08-24
Movie Phantom of the Opera Lecours 1943-08-12
Movie Sleepytime Gal Chef Petrovich 1942-03-05
Movie Four Jacks and a Jill Mr. Hoople 1942-01-23
Movie Shut My Big Mouth Robert Oglethorpe 1942-02-19
Movie Maisie Gets Her Man Professor Orco 1942-06-01
Movie Iceland Herr Tegnar 1942-09-21
Movie Come Live with Me Mac, the Headwaiter (uncredited) 1941-01-31
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Stage Director 1941-08-02
Movie World Premiere Field Marshal Muller 1941-08-21
Movie The Mexican Spitfire's Baby Pierre Gaston de la Blanc 1941-11-28
Movie Millionaire Playboy 'G.G.' Gorta 1940-03-14
Movie Little Old New York Tavern Keeper 1940-02-09
Movie Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me! Forsythe 1940-03-15
Movie Sandy Is a Lady Mario 1940-05-21
Movie It's a Date Oscar, the Headwaiter 1940-03-22
Movie Victory Signor Makanoff 1940-12-21
Movie I Was an Adventuress Henri Gautier 1940-05-10
Movie Idiot's Delight Pittatek 1939-01-27
Movie Quiet, Please Mr. Nitvitch 1939-07-01
Movie When Tomorrow Comes Nicholas 1939-08-11
Movie Everything Happens at Night Gendarme 1939-12-22
Movie Little Accident Malisse 1939-10-26
Movie At the Circus Jardinet 1939-10-20
Movie Go Chase Yourself Count Pierre Fountaine de Louis-Louis 1938-04-22
Movie Bringing Up Baby Fritz Lehman 1938-02-18
Movie Gold Diggers in Paris Luis Leoni 1938-06-11
Movie Romance in the Dark Fritz 1938-03-24
Movie Out Where the Stars Begin Mr. Nitvitch 1938-05-28
Movie Swingtime in the Movies Mr. Nitvitch 1938-12-24
Movie I'll Give a Million Max Primerose 1938-07-27
Movie Artists and Models Abroad Dubois 1938-12-20
Movie Campus Confessions 'Lady MacBeth' 1938-09-23
Movie The Affairs of Annabel Vladimir 1938-09-09
Movie Lancer Spy Fritz Mueller 1937-10-08
Movie I Met Him in Paris Swiss Hotel Clerk 1937-05-28
Movie Expensive Husbands Herr Meyer, Hotel Director 1937-11-27
Movie Tovarich Martelleau 1937-12-25
Movie True Confession Butler 1937-12-24
Movie Hollywood Hotel The Russian 1937-12-20
Movie Broadway Mose Levett 1929-05-27
Movie Black Magic James Fraser 1929-07-06
Movie One Hysterical Night Paganini 1929-10-05
Movie A Ship Comes In Sokol 1928-01-04
Movie The Last Command A revolutionist 1928-01-21
Movie Christian Wahnschaffe II: Escape from the Golden Dungeon Unknown 1921-03-30
Movie The Golem: How He Came into the World Jester (uncredited) 1920-10-28