Fritz Feld

Fritz Feld

  • Born on
    • October 15th, 1900
  • Died on
    • November 18th, 1993
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.


Acting (46 Credits)

1989Homer and Eddie as Mortician
1987Barfly as Bum
1981History of the World: Part I as Maitre 'D - The Roman Empire
1980Herbie Goes Bananas as Chief Steward
1977The World's Greatest Lover as Tomaso Abalone
1976Silent Movie as Maitre d'
1976Freaky Friday as Mr. Jackman
1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Rudy's Butler
1975The Sunshine Boys as Mr. Gilbert
1975The Strongest Man in the World as Uncle Frederick
1974Herbie Rides Again as Maitre d'
1969Hello, Dolly! as Rudolph's Assistant
1969The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes as Sigmund Van Dyke
1969The Comic as Armand
1967Barefoot in the Park as Restaurant Proprietor
1965Harlow as Fritz--Window Washer in Movie (uncredited)
1964The Patsy as Maitre D'
1963Who's Minding the Store? as Irving Catastrophe
19634 for Texas as Fritz
1961The Errand Boy as Busby - Roaring 20's Director
1961Pocketful of Miracles as Pierre
1961The Ladies Man as Hairdresser
1954Riding Shotgun as Fritz
1954Living It Up as Barber (uncredited)
1953Crime Wave as Jess (uncredited)
1952Has Anybody Seen My Gal as Alvarez (uncredited)
1952O. Henry's Full House as Maurice (segment "The Gift of the Magi") (uncredited)
1950Appointment with Danger as Window Dresser
1948Mexican Hayride as Professor Ganzmeyer
1948The Noose Hangs High as Psychiatrist
1948You Gotta Stay Happy as Pierre
1948Julia Misbehaves as Pepito
1947The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Anatole
1943Phantom of the Opera as Lecours
1943Holy Matrimony as Critic
1941Come Live with Me as Mac, the Headwaiter (uncredited)
1940It's a Date as Oscar, the Headwaiter
1939When Tomorrow Comes as Nicholas
1939At the Circus as Jardinet
1939Idiot's Delight as Pittatek
1938Bringing Up Baby as Fritz Lehman
1937True Confession as Butler
1937Tovarich as Martelleau
1937Hollywood Hotel as The Russian
1928The Last Command as A revolutionist
1920The Golem as Jester (uncredited)


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