Nehemiah Persoff

Actor, Electrician
Nehemiah Persoff is a character actor whose prolific career in film and television spanned 50 years, from the late 1940s to the end of the '90s. Although he has more than 150 TV credits to his name, his most notable ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1919 in Jerusalem, , PS

Filmography

Actor (65)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1968 - 1980, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1968 - 1980, 1989 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1968 - 1980, 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1968 - 1980, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 (Movie)

of Papa Mousekowitz (Voice)

The Big Knife 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Rabbi (Actor)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Mitchell Traven (Actor)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

of Papa Mousekewitz (Voice)

Yentl 1983 (Movie)

Papa--Reb Mendel (Actor)

O'Hara's Wife 1982 (Movie)

Doctor Fischer (Actor)

F.D.R. -- The Last Year 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 13th Day: The Story of Esther 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Historic Jesus 1979 (Movie)

Herod Antipas (Actor)

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

High Hopes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Mr Hauser (Actor)

Psychic Killer 1975 (Movie)

Dr Gubner (Actor)

The Stranger Within 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Pollifax - Spy 1971 (Movie)

General Brisha (Actor)

Red Sky at Morning 1971 (Movie)

Amadeo (Actor)

Escape to Mindanao 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Next Door 1969 (Movie)

Dr Salazar (Actor)

The People Next Door 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Panic in the City 1968 (Movie)

August Best (Actor)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much 1967 (Movie)

Lieutenant Miles Crawford (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Shemiah (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Ben Sawyer (Actor)

A Global Affair 1963 (Movie)

Sigura (Actor)

The Hook 1962 (Movie)

Captain Van Ryn (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Show 1961 (Movie)

Bruno Everard (Actor)

The Comancheros 1961 (Movie)

Graile (Actor)

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

Pinelli (Actor)

Some Like It Hot 1959 (Movie)

Little Bonaparte (Actor)

Al Capone 1958 (Movie)

Johnny Torrio (Actor)

Day of the Outlaw 1958 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

Don Panta (Actor)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

Vincente (Actor)

Men in War 1957 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

The Harder They Fall 1956 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

The Wild Party 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

Gene Conforti (Actor)

This Angry Age 1956 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Marty 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Condominium (TV Show)

Actor

Cutter's Trail (TV Show)

Actor

Eric (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Stone (TV Show)

Actor

Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Sadat (TV Show)

Actor

The Henderson Monster (TV Show)

Actor

The Missiles of October (TV Show)

Actor

The Sex Symbol (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Turnover Smith (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Nehemiah Persoff is a character actor whose prolific career in film and television spanned 50 years, from the late 1940s to the end of the '90s. Although he has more than 150 TV credits to his name, his most notable work has been in film. A student of the legendary acting coach Stella Adler and a proponent of the famed New York City acting school the Actors Studio, where Adler taught, Persoff's earliest TV roles, from 1949 and through most of the '50s, were primarily theatrical productions, before he gained traction with roles on the big screen. In '54, he had a cameo as the cab driver in the notorious "I coulda been a contender" scene with Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront", and, by '56, he had supporting parts in two major films--as Leo in the Humphrey Bogart-starring film noir "The Harder They Fall" and then as Gene Conforti in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man", with Henry Fonda in the lead. In '59, he played the size-appropriate part of Little Bonaparte (Persoff was short and stocky) in Billy Wilder's comedy classic "Some Like It Hot". Among Persoff's numerous TV roles, his most memorable included recurring guest appearances on the crime series "The Untouchables" in the late '50s and early '60s, the Western "Gunsmoke" from the mid-'60s to mid-'70s, and the cop show "Hawaii Five-O" from '68 to '79. A native of Jerusalem, Persoff put his ethnicity to use playing Barbra Streisand's father in the '83 musical-romance "Yentl", and again by voicing the part of Papa Mousekewitz in the successful '86 animated film "An American Tail".

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

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