Nehemiah Persoff

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Nehemiah Persoff
Nehemiah Persoff 1960.JPG
Persoff in 1960
Born(1919-08-02) August 2, 1919 (age 94)
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
OccupationActor
Years active1948–1999
Spouse(s)Thia Persoff (1951–present) 4 children
SignatureNehemiahPersoff.png
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Nehemiah Persoff
Nehemiah Persoff 1960.JPG
Persoff in 1960
Born(1919-08-02) August 2, 1919 (age 94)
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
OccupationActor
Years active1948–1999
Spouse(s)Thia Persoff (1951–present) 4 children
SignatureNehemiahPersoff.png

Nehemiah Persoff (born August 2, 1919) is a Jerusalem-born American actor.

Background[edit]

Born in Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate (now part of Israel), Persoff emigrated with his family to the United States in 1929. After serving in the Army during World War II, he worked as a subway electrician doing signal maintenance while he began to pursue his acting career in the New York Theater. In 1947, he was accepted into the Actors Studio and eventually began his acting career in 1948.

Acting career[edit]

His first notable role was as "Little Bonaparte" in Some Like It Hot (he is the last survivor of the credited cast). He starred in supporting roles in films like The Greatest Story Ever Told and – a bit bigger – in The Comancheros. In the film Yentl Persoff portrayed Barbra Streisand's character's father, also the 1988 film Twins and the American Tail (animated-film series) as Papa Mousekewitz. His last movie was "4 Faces", which was the last film to be directed by Ted Post.

His television credits include Five Fingers ("The Moment of Truth"), The Big Valley ("Legend of a General", Parts I & II, 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, I Spy, It Takes A Thief, Chicago Hope and MacGyver.

In the mid-1980s, when health problems decreased his acting workload, Persoff pursued painting, specializing in watercolor. He retired from acting in 1999 and is devoted full-time to his painting. He currently lives with his wife in Cambria, California.

Filmography[edit]

External links[edit]