Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff

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    • August 2nd, 1919
​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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Acting (24 Credits)

1999An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster as Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
1998An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island as Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
1991An American Tail: Fievel Goes West as Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
1988Twins as Mitchell Traven
1986An American Tail as Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
1983Yentl as Rebbe Mendel
1981St. Helens as Mr. Ellison
1976Voyage of the Damned as Herr Hauser
1975Psychic Killer as Doctor GubnerWatch Free
1968Mafia as Pizzuco
1968The Power as Prof. Carl Melnicker
1965The Greatest Story Ever Told as Shemiah
1964Fate Is the Hunter as Ben Sawyer
1963The Hook as Capt. Van Ryn
1961The Comancheros as Graile
1959Al Capone as Johnny Torrio
1959Green Mansions as Don Panta
1959Some Like It Hot as Little Bonaparte
1959Day of the Outlaw as Dan, Starret's Foreman
1958The Badlanders as Vincente (The Powder Monkey)
1957Men in War as Sfc. Nate Lewis
1956The Harder They Fall as Leo
1956The Wrong Man as Eugene 'Gene' Conforti
1954On the Waterfront as Cab Driver (uncredited)

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