Nehemiah Persoff

Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)
Birthday: Aug 2, 1919
Birthplace: Not Available
Trivia buffs and diehard fans of Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront will know that the non-speaking cab driver in the film's famed 'taxicab scene between Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger was noted character actor Nehemiah Persoff. An American resident from age 9, the Jerusalem-born Persoff spent his early adulthood working for the New York subway system. Asked in later years why he chose acting as a profession, Persoff would comment that the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe compelled him to prove himself worthy of his "gift of life." On stage in community and non-professional productions from 1940, he studied with Stella Adler at the Actor's Studio before graduating to Broadway. His first film appearance, in 1948, was in the Manhattan-based The Naked City. After attaining prominence in the mid-1950s, Persoff alternated between villainy and sympathetic roles, utilizing his ear for dialects to depict a wide array of nationalities. He was often cast as a gangster, both serious (Johnny Torrio in the 1959 feature Capone, Jake Guzik on the TV series The Untouchables) and satiric (Little Bonaparte in 1959's Some Like It Hot). His credits in the 1980s included Stalin in the 1980 TV movie FDR: The Last Year, Barbra Streisand's father in Yentl (1983), and the robust voice of Papa Mousekewitz in the 1986 animated feature An American Tail.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones Actor 1994
50% An American Tail - Fievel Goes West Papa 1991
44% Twins Mitchell Traven 1988
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Rabbi 1988
70% An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz 1986
69% Yentl Papa 1983
No Score Yet St. Helens Mr. Ellison 1983
No Score Yet Sadat Actor 1983
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife Dr. Fischer 1982
No Score Yet The Henderson Monster Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Rebels Actor 1979
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus Herod Antipas 1979
No Score Yet Psychic Killer Actor 1978
No Score Yet Killing Stone Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Word Actor 1978
No Score Yet Deadly Harvest Mort Logan 1977
89% Voyage of the Damned Mr. Hauser 1976
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Rudenko 1976
No Score Yet Eric Dr. Duchesnes 1975
No Score Yet Psychic Killer Dr. Gubner 1975
No Score Yet The Stranger Within Actor 1974
No Score Yet Mrs. Pollifax-Spy Berisha 1971
No Score Yet The People Next Door Dr. Salazar 1970
No Score Yet The Girl Who Knew Too Much Lieutenant Crawford 1969
No Score Yet The Power Carl Melniker 1968
No Score Yet Il giorno della civetta (The Day of the Owl) Pizzuco 1968
No Score Yet Panic in the City Best 1968
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Shemiah 1965
40% Rio Conchos Actor 1964
No Score Yet A Global Affair Under Secretary Segura 1964
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter Ben Sawyer 1964
No Score Yet The Hook Capt. Van Ryn 1963
100% The Comancheros Graile 1961
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw Dan 1959
97% Some Like It Hot Little Bonaparte 1959
No Score Yet Al Capone Johnny Torrio 1959
No Score Yet Green Mansions Don Panta 1959
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Pinelli 1959
No Score Yet The Badlanders Vincente 1958
89% Men in War Lewis 1957
91% The Wrong Man Gene Conforti 1956
100% The Harder They Fall Leo 1956
100% Marty Actor 1955
98% On the Waterfront Cab Driver 1954
86% The Naked City Actor 1948

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
David Steinmetz Tailor
  • 1993
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Constantine Stavros
  • 1990
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Palor Toff
  • 1990
  • 1988
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Hoff
  • 1988
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Deputy Premier Karpovich
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Sam
  • 1986
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Rabbi Asher Solomon
  • 1985
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Burger Simms
  • 1981
  • 1979
  • 1978
33% Battlestar Galactica
1978-1980
Supreme Commandant
  • 1979
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Mr. Olaf Lundstrom
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Philip
  • 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Anton
  • 1977
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Matt Dorsey
  • 1977
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Prof. Moreno
  • 1977
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Jesse Jerome
  • 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Max Nathaniel Bader
  • 1975
  • 1973
  • 1969
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Ben Rando Pinto Alejo Alex Skouras Tim Driscoll Dano
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1965
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Lavender
  • 1969
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Prince Iben Kostas Phillipe Pereda Igor Stravos
  • 1969
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Juan Manolo Barclay
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Valandros
  • 1967
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Rodriguez
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Domingo Michob
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Collins Jeff Jensen
  • 1960
  • 1957
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Carl Lanser
  • 1959

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