Sam Jaffe

Highest Rated: 97% The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Birthday: Mar 10, 1891
Birthplace: New York, New York
Longtime Hollywood fixture Sam Jaffe (who should not be confused with the actor of the same name) was at various points in his career a talent agent, a studio executive, and a producer. His start in the business, however, was as an office boy for the Paramount-Famous Players-Lasky Company. His brother-in-law, B.P. Schulberg, had a hand in getting the position for the young Jaffe, which quickly proved to be a springboard for his career. He rapidly worked his way through the ranks of the company and became the executive in charge of production, with responsibility over 50 or so projects per year. He switched production companies in the early '30s, going over to Columbia Pictures for a very brief time before starting his own talent agency in the middle part of that same decade. As an agent, he represented the likes of Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, David Niven, Zero Mostel, Richard Burton, and Stanley Kubrick. In the 1950s, with the advent of Senator Joseph McCarthy's UnAmerican Activities investigations, Jaffe's agency suffered a significant drop of business, since many of his clients were under investigation or blacklisted. He was forced to join forces with The Famous Artists Agency and shortly thereafter, in 1959, Jaffe retired from the talent agent business and moved to London. From there, he produced a number of films, as well as becoming well-known as a collector of impressionist art. Sam Jaffe died in early 2000, at the age of 98.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Under The Gun Actor 2013
No Score Yet Broadway Theatre Archive - Enemies Actor 2003
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever Father Knickerbocker 1984
No Score Yet On the Line Gabacho 1983
No Score Yet West of Hester Street Narrator 1983
45% Battle Beyond the Stars Dr. Hephaestus 1980
No Score Yet Gideon's Trumpet Justice No. 1 1980
66% Bedknobs and Broomsticks Bookman 1971
No Score Yet The Tell-Tale Heart Actor 1971
17% The Dunwich Horror Old Whateley 1970
No Score Yet Guns for San Sebastian Father Joseph 1968
57% A Guide for the Married Man Technical Advisor 1967
94% Born Free Producer 1966
No Score Yet Damon and Pythias Producer 1962
87% Ben-Hur Simonedes 1959
No Score Yet The Barbarian and the Geisha Henry Heusken 1958
No Score Yet Les Espions (The Spies) American Agent 1957
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale Sam Cooper 1951
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still Prof. Barnhardt 1951
97% The Asphalt Jungle Doc Erwin Riedenschneider 1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand Dr. Francis Hunter 1949
No Score Yet The Accused Dr. Romley 1949
78% Gentleman's Agreement Prof. Lieberman 1947
83% 13 Rue Madeleine Mayor Galimard 1947
No Score Yet The Fighting Sullivans Producer 1944
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
92% Gunga Din Gunga Din 1939
92% Lost Horizon High Lama 1937
No Score Yet We Live Again Gregory Simonson 1934
90% The Scarlet Empress Grand Duke Peter 1934
No Score Yet Ace of Aces Producer 1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call Producer 1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs Producer 1933


No Score Yet Kojak
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
Admiral Ricter
  • 1976
No Score Yet Columbo
  • 1975
93% Batman
Albert A. Aardvark
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
Joshua Norton
  • 1966
No Score Yet Ben Casey
Dr. David Zorba
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Archimandrite Ballew
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Night Gallery