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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.

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​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.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 118

Birthday 1919-08-02

Place of Birth Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1999 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster as Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
1998 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island as Papa
1994 Chicago Hope(1 episode)
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West as Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
1990 Law & Order(1 episode)
1988 Twins as Mitchell Traven
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation(1 episode)
1987 J.J. Starbuck(1 episode)
1986 An American Tail as Papa Mousekewitz
1986 L.A. Law(1 episode)
1985 MacGyver(1 episode)
1984 Highway to Heaven(1 episode)
1984 Hunter(1 episode)
1983 Yentl as Reb 'Papa' Mendel
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King(1 episode)
1983 Hotel(1 episode)
1980 Magnum, P.I.(1 episode)
1980 The Henderson Monster as Prof. Leo Tedeschi
1979 The French Atlantic Affair as Colonel Schreiner
1979 The Facts of Life(1 episode)
1979 In Search of Historic Jesus as Herod Antipas
1978 Daniel in the Lions' Den as Malimar
1978 Battlestar Galactica(1 episode) as Eastern Alliance Leader
1978 Vega$(1 episode)
1977 Logan's Run(1 episode)
1977 Deadly Harvest as Mort Logan
1977 Hunter(1 episode)
1977 The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries(2 episodes)
1976 Voyage of the Damned as Herr Hauser
1976 Quincy, M.E.(1 episode)
1976 Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident as Rudenko
1976 Charlie's Angels(1 episode)
1976 The Bionic Woman(1 episode)
1975 Psychic Killer as Doctor Gubner
1975 Wonder Woman(1 episode)
1975 Ellery Queen(1 episode)
1975 Barney Miller(3 episodes)
1975 Baretta(1 episode)
1974 The Stranger Within as Dr. Edward Klein
1974 The Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)
1973 Police Story(1 episode)
1973 Dracula as Dr. Van Helsing
1972 Cool Million(1 episode)
1972 Lapin 360
1972 The Streets of San Francisco(1 episode)
1972 Search(1 episode)
1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears(1 episode)
1971 Columbo(1 episode)
1971 Mrs. Pollifax: Spy as Berisha
1971 Red Sky At Morning as Amadeo Montoya
1970 McCloud(2 episodes)
1970 The People Next Door as Dr. Salazar
1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much as Lieutenant Crawford
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D.(1 episode)
1969 The Bill Cosby Show(1 episode)
1968 Panic in the City as August Best
1968 The Mod Squad(3 episodes)
1968 Land of the Giants(1 episode)
1968 Adam-12(1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O(7 episodes)
1968 The Power as Prof. Carl Melnicker
1967 The Money Jungle as Lt. Dow Reeves
1967 Mannix(1 episode)
1967 The High Chaparral(1 episode)
1966 The Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones as Skoda
1966 CBS Playhouse(1 episode)
1966 Mission: Impossible(2 episodes)
1966 Jericho(1 episode)
1966 The Time Tunnel(1 episode)
1966 Tarzan(1 episode)
1966 Too Many Thieves as Georgi
1965 The Wild Wild West(2 episodes)
1965 Honey West(1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley(1 episode)
1965 The Legend of Jesse James(1 episode)
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told as Shemiah
1964 Fate Is the Hunter as Ben Sawyer
1964 Gilligan's Island(1 episode)
1964 A Global Affair as Under Secretary Segura
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 Mr. Novak(1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law(3 episodes)
1963 The Hook as Capt. Van Ryn
1962 Sam Benedict(1 episode)
1961 The Comancheros as Graile
1961 The New Breed(1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey(1 episode)
1961 Bus Stop(1 episode)
1961 The Wonderful World of Disney(3 episodes)
1961 The Big Show as Bruno Everard
1960 Route 66(2 episodes)
1959 Mr. Lucky(1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode) as Carl Lanser
1959 Day of the Outlaw as Dan, Starret's Foreman
1959 Green Mansions as Don Panta
1959 Some Like It Hot as Little Bonaparte
1959 Never Steal Anything Small as Pinelli
1959 Rawhide(2 episodes)
1959 Al Capone as Johnny Torrio
1958 Naked City(6 episodes)
1958 The Badlanders as Vincente (The Powder Monkey)
1957 Street of Sinners as Leon
1957 Men in War as Sfc. Nate Lewis
1957 This Angry Age as Albert Legros
1956 The Wrong Man as Eugene 'Gene' Conforti
1956 The Wild Party as Kicks Johnson
1956 The Harder They Fall as Leo
1955 Playwrights '56(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke(6 episodes)
1954 Climax!(1 episode)
1954 On the Waterfront as Cab Driver (uncredited)
1953 The United States Steel Hour(1 episode) as Dr. Arnault / Oliver
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre(1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(3 episodes)
1900 The Word (US)(0 episodes)

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