Sam Jaffe

Actor, Teacher, Dean of mathematics
Stage actor with wildly staring eyes and a fascinating whispery voice who made a brilliantly memorable Hollywood debut as the crazed Peter in Josef von Sternberg's unique biopic of Catherine the Great, "The Scarlet ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1891 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Rio Abajo 1987 (Movie)

El Gabacho (Actor)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Performer

Nothing Lasts Forever 1981 (Movie)

Father Knickerbocker (Actor)

Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

Dr Hephaestus (Actor)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 (Movie)

Bookman (Actor)

Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dunwich Horror 1969 (Movie)

Old Whateley (Actor)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

Brother Lilac (Actor)

Guns For San Sebastian 1968 (Movie)

Father Joseph (Actor)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

Simonides (Actor)

The Barbarian and the Geisha 1958 (Movie)

Henry Heusken (Actor)

The Spies 1957 (Movie)

American (Actor)

I Can Get It For You Wholesale 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 (Movie)

Professor Jacob Barnhardt (Actor)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

Doc Riedenschneider (Actor)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

Profesor Lieberman (Actor)

13 Rue Madeleine 1946 (Movie)

Mayor Galimard (Actor)

Gunga Din 1938 (Movie)

Gunga Din (Actor)

Lost Horizon 1936 (Movie)

High Lama (Actor)

The Scarlet Empress 1933 (Movie)

Grand Duke Peter (Actor)

Gideon's Trumpet (TV Show)

Actor

Qb VII (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stage actor with wildly staring eyes and a fascinating whispery voice who made a brilliantly memorable Hollywood debut as the crazed Peter in Josef von Sternberg's unique biopic of Catherine the Great, "The Scarlet Empress" (1934), starring Marlene Dietrich. Jaffe subsequently divided his time among theater and (primarily as a character player) film and TV; he was especially memorable as one of the robbery gang in John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) for which he won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Baby boomers would recall the actor for his role as Dr. Zorba on the popular ABC medical drama "Ben Casey" (1961-66).

Relationships

Bettye Ackerman Actor

Wife
Married 1956 until his death 1984

Ada Jaffe

Mother

Lillian Taiz

Wife
Married 1926 until her death 1941

Milestones

1985

Appeared as himself in the George Stevens, Jr. Documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"

1984

Last feature in a dramatic role, "Rio Abajo"

1980

Final TV movie, "Gideon's Trumpet"

1974

Cast in first TV miniseries, "QB VII"

1969

TV-movie debut, "The Old Man Who Cried Wolf"

1968

Appeared in the Barry Shear directed segment of the pilot series, "Night Gallery"

1961

TV series debut, in the role of Dr. David Zorba, "Ben Casey"

1939

Played title character, "Gunga Din"

1934

Feature debut, "The Scarlet Empress"

1915

Joined the Washington Square Players

As a child, appeared with his mother on the Yiddish stage

Raised in New York City

Consistently acted on the NY stage

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