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Fritz Feld



Diminutive, raspy-voiced German actor Fritz Feld first gained prominence as an assistant to Austrian impresario Max Reinhardt. Feld came to the U.S. in 1923 in the touring company of Reinhardt's The Miracle. Once he reached California, Feld formed the Hollywood Playhouse in partnership with Joseph Schildkraut; here he staged hundreds of productions featuring up-and-coming L.A. talent, including his future wife, actress Virginia Christine. In films on a sporadic basis since the 1920s, Feld began working onscreen regularly around 1936, eventually toting up over 400 movie appearances (not to mention his more than 700 TV stints and 1000-plus radio programs). He was cast as Viennese psychiatrists, Italian duellists, Teutonic movie directors, Russian orchestra leaders, and French maitre d's. It was in 1947's If You Knew Susie that Feld developed his signature "schtick": the sharp "Pop!" sound effect created by smacking his open mouth with the flattened palm of his hand.



In the 1960s and 1970s, Feld was a favorite of moviemakers who'd grown up watching his vintage screen appearances; he was virtually a regular at the Disney studios, appeared in many of Jerry Lewis' projects, was given fourth billing in Gene Wilder's The World's Greatest Lover (1977), and was seen in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976) (where his trademarked "Pop!" was conveyed via subtitle) and The History of the World, Part One (1981) (as the head waiter at the Last Supper). Among Fritz Feld's least characteristic screen appearances were his performance as a hearty Northwoods trapper in the 1976 "four-waller" Challenge to Be Free and his poignant cameo as the alcoholic who offers down-and-out Faye Dunaway a match in Barfly (1987).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
0% Homer & Eddie
  • Mortician
1989
No Score Yet Get Smart Again
  • Waiter
1989
78% Barfly
  • Bum
1987
No Score Yet Heidi's Song
  • Sebastian
1982
62% History of the World---Part I
  • Maitre d'
1981
40% Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Chief Steward
1980
No Score Yet Legend of the Northwest
  • Actor
1978
20% The World's Greatest Lover
  • Tomaso Abalone
1977
71% Freaky Friday
  • Jackman
1976
81% Silent Movie
  • Maitre d'
1976
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Rudy's Butler
1976
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Man at Audition
1975
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Mr. Frederick
1975
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front?
  • Von Runstadt
1970
44% Hello, Dolly!
  • Fritz, German Waiter
1969
No Score Yet The Comic
  • Armand
1969
50% The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Sigmund Van Dyke
1969
87% Barefoot in the Park
  • Restaurant Proprietor
1967
No Score Yet Three on a Couch
  • Attache
1966
80% The Patsy
  • Maitre D'
1964
No Score Yet Promises! Promises!
  • Ship's Doctor
1963
11% Four for Texas
  • Maitre d'
1963
40% Who's Minding the Store?
  • Irving Cahastrophe
1963
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Pierre
1961
44% The Errand Boy
  • Foreign Director
1961
No Score Yet Living It Up
  • Barber
1954
No Score Yet Riding Shotgun
  • Fritz
1954
67% Crime Wave
  • Man
1954
No Score Yet The French Line
  • French Cabby
1954
80% Call Me Madam
  • Hat Clerk
1953
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Maurice
1952
No Score Yet Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
  • Alvarez
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Dress Designer
1951
No Score Yet Missing Women
  • Pierre
1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger
  • Window Dresser
1951
No Score Yet The Jackpot
  • Long-Haired Pianist
1950
No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat
  • Mons. Louis
1949
No Score Yet Mexican Hayride
  • Prof. Ganzmeyer
1948
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy
  • Small Man
1948
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves
  • Pepito
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Psychiatrist
1948
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie
  • Chez Henri
1948
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa
  • Prof. Tabor
1948
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Anatole
1947
No Score Yet I've Always Loved You
  • Nicholas
1946
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945)
  • Montescu
1945
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday
  • Poffenburgh
1944
No Score Yet Take It Big
  • Dr. Dittenhoffer
1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Critia
1943
75% Phantom of the Opera
  • Lecours
1943
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina)
  • Tegnar
1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby
  • Pierre
1941
No Score Yet Skylark
  • Maitre d'Hotel
1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me
  • Desk Clerk
1941
No Score Yet Come Live with Me
  • Headwaiter
1941
No Score Yet Four Jacks and a Jill
  • Mr. Hoople
1941
No Score Yet It's a Date
  • Headwaiter
1940
No Score Yet When Tomorrow Comes
  • Nicholas
1939
100% At the Circus
  • Jardinet
1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight
  • Pittatek
1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night
  • Gendarme
1939
No Score Yet The Affairs of Annabel
  • Vladimir
1938
No Score Yet Gold Diggers in Paris
  • Luis Leoni
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Dr. Fritz Lehman
1938
No Score Yet Artists and Models Abroad
  • Dubois
1938
No Score Yet Tovarich
  • Martelleau
1937
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • The Russian
1937
No Score Yet I Met Him in Paris
  • Swiss Hotel Clerk
1937
No Score Yet True Confession
  • Krayler's Butler
1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy
  • Fritz Mueller
1937
No Score Yet Broadway
  • Mose Leavett
1929
100% The Last Command
  • A Revolutionist
1928
100% The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)
  • Jester
1920

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Muzzy Prof. Greenleaf

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