David Opatoshu

Actor
After 40 years of mostly single-episode TV work, actor David Opatoshu finally scored the big prize of his profession: an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor. He received it in 1991 for his contribution to the drama ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1918 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Stat 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Siege 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Almonds and Raisins 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Forced Vengeance 1982 (Movie)

Sam Paschal (Actor)

Forty Days of Musa Dagh 1982 (Movie)

Henry Morgenthau Sr (Actor)

Beyond Evil 1980 (Movie)

Dr Solomon (Actor)

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

First Hebrab (Actor)

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

Bender (Actor)

Woman on the Run 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Conspiracy of Terror 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy, M.E. 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Romance of a Horse Thief 1971 (Movie)

Schloime Kradnik (Actor)

The D.A.: Murder One 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Gunfighter 1969 (Movie)

Edward Rosenbloom (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fixer 1968 (Movie)

Latke (Actor)

Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

Mr Kolowitz (Actor)

McHale's Navy 1962 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

One Spy Too Many 1966 (Movie)

Kavon (Actor)

The Defector 1966 (Movie)

Orlovsky (Actor)

Torn Curtain 1966 (Movie)

Mr Jacobi (Actor)

Guns of Darkness 1961 (Movie)

President Rivera (Actor)

Cimarron 1960 (Movie)

Sol Levy (Actor)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Akiva Ben Canaan (Actor)

The Best of Enemies 1960 (Movie)

Captain Bernasconi (Actor)

Man Against Crime 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

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Party Girl 1958 (Movie)

Lou Forbes (Actor)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

Captain Snegiryov (Actor)

Crowded Paradise 1956 (Movie)

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Incident in San Francisco (TV Show)

Actor

Masada (TV Show)

Actor

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

The Smugglers (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Thieves' Highway (Movie)

Frenchy (Actor)

Biography

After 40 years of mostly single-episode TV work, actor David Opatoshu finally scored the big prize of his profession: an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor. He received it in 1991 for his contribution to the drama series "Gabriel's Fire", which starred James Earl Jones. But it could just as easily have come for some of his other work over the decades, everything from Professor Grey on an episode of "The Paper Chase" in 1984 to Taylor Nash on a 1978 chapter of "Little House on the Prairie". Opatoshu worked non-stop during the halcyon days of 1950s New York live TV, putting his stamp most notably on the programs "The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse" and "Studio One in Hollywood". In the 1960s, he appeared on a number of medical programs, culminating with a seven-episode stint as Fred Kirsh on "Dr. Kildare". For "Star Trek" fans, Opatoshu will be forever associated with his portrayal of Anan-7 on a 1967 episode of the program. The actor was often typecast as a man of erudion, everything from a rabbi on "Ironside" to a professor on "Daniel Boone".

Relationships

Nancy Opatoshu

Wife
survived him

Daniel Opatoshu

Son
survived him

Richard Saxon

Step-Son
survived him

Jennifer Watson

Step-Daughter
survived him

Nina Wizan

Step-Daughter
survived him

Milestones

1970

Screenwriting debut, "Romance of a Horse Thief"

1960

Won acclaim for performance in "Exodus"

1948

Hollywood film acting debut, "The Naked City"

1939

Feature film debut in Yiddish film, "The Light Ahead"

1938

Broadway debut with The Group Theater; acted in productions of "Golden Boy" and "Night Music"

Served in Air Force during WWII

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