Nehemiah Persoff

Age: 95
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate

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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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Movie Character Year
Atnd4vq2bnheo9ayg98mhw4qxta On the Waterfront Cab Driver (uncredited) 1954
Escb94sstno5k20pr0y0ecxw9b6 The Harder They Fall Leo 1956
Mciqcnjcfn1vvqj7pii3pv4lnon The Wrong Man Eugene 'Gene' Conforti 1956
S4jltiozqnfsqmwq7kpmo3spg6l Some Like It Hot Little Bonaparte 1959
Kythifgnrncnntwkhjefib3uvay Day of the Outlaw Dan, Starret's Foreman 1959
Pzkxhhqmbopumk4ih21murqembq The Comancheros Graile 1961
Nr4ouqqdlc6k8cple6mbqqvlecj The Hook Capt. Van Ryn 1963
Tecqnq0xapubw2rsvxzp0e7wmil A Global Affair Under Secretary Segura 1964
Vme0hk0yiwsfkelgmxug2hejibz The Power Prof. Carl Melnicker 1968
Ishlghq7pstnduoh29zr3zgxjqz Mrs. Pollifax: Spy 1971
Fhh66icozoblpdavtbltjykm1ax An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz 1986
I0mkmkxhlquybr9jpjshmbse2k6 Twins Mitchell Traven 1988
Owznmijbaupwnayekt366angcke An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Papa Mousekewitz 1991
2czz7mtfhdmiitf9bcd4rbuyhbl An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Papa (voice) 1998
Zll7qngwb3bhkpoifxsotxejyc1 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Papa Mousekewitz (voice) 1999