Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff

Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)

Lowest Rated: 40% Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

Birthday: Aug 02, 1919

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine

Nehemiah Persoff is a character actor whose prolific career in film and television spanned 50 years, from the late 1940s to the end of the '90s. Although he has more than 150 TV credits to his name, his most notable work has been in film. A student of the legendary acting coach Stella Adler and a proponent of the famed New York City acting school the Actors Studio, where Adler taught, Persoff's earliest TV roles, from 1949 and through most of the '50s, were primarily theatrical productions, before he gained traction with roles on the big screen. In '54, he had a cameo as the cab driver in the notorious "I coulda been a contender" scene with Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront," and, by '56, he had supporting parts in two major films--as Leo in the Humphrey Bogart-starring film noir "The Harder They Fall" and then as Gene Conforti in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man," with Henry Fonda in the lead. In '59, he played the size-appropriate part of Little Bonaparte (Persoff was short and stocky) in Billy Wilder's comedy classic "Some Like It Hot." Among Persoff's numerous TV roles, his most memorable included recurring guest appearances on the crime series "The Untouchables" in the late '50s and early '60s, the Western "Gunsmoke" from the mid-'60s to mid-'70s, and the cop show "Hawaii Five-O" from '68 to '79. A native of Jerusalem, Persoff put his ethnicity to use playing Barbra Streisand's father in the '83 musical-romance "Yentl," and again by voicing the part of Papa Mousekewitz in the successful '86 animated film "An American Tail."

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 29% An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Papa (Voice) - 2000
No Score Yet 40% An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Papa Mousekewitz (Voice) - 2000
54% 62% An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Papa Mousekewitz (Voice) $20.2M 1991
71% 71% An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz (Voice) $44.9M 1986
65% 75% Yentl Reb Mendel 'Papa' (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sadat Leonid Brezhnev (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 62% St. Helens Mr. Ellison (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Henderson Monster Prof. Leo Tedeschi (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet F.D.R. -- The Last Year Josef Stalin (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus Herod Antipas (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Story of Esther Mordecai (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 40% Deadly Harvest Mort Logan (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Rudenko (Character) - 1976
83% 53% Voyage of the Damned Mr. Hauser (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eric Dr. Duchesnes (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sex Symbol Nick Fortis (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stranger Within Dr. Edward Klein (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault on Gavaloni Karinakis (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lieutenant Schuster's Wife Champagne Joe Carroll (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Mrs. Pollifax: Spy Berisha (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Sky at Morning Amadeo Montoya (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutter's Trail Santillo (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revolutionary Ambassador (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mafia Pizzuco (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Il Giorno Della Civetta Pizzuco (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of the Owl Pizzuco (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 42% The Power Professor Carl Melnicker (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panic in the City August Best (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Treasure of San Bosco Reef Captain Malcione (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape to Mindanao Capt. Kramer (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones Skoda (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 33% A Global Affair Under Secretary Segura (Character) - 1964
40% 62% Fate Is the Hunter Ben Sawyer (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 46% The Hook Capt. Van Ryn (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 0% The Big Show Bruno Everard (Character) - 1961
100% 75% The Comancheros Graile (Character) - 1961
95% 94% Some Like It Hot Bonaparte (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 28% Green Mansions Don Panta (Character) - 1959
100% 71% Day of the Outlaw Dan (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Pinelli (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 59% Al Capone Johnny Torrio (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 35% The Badlanders Vincente (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Angry Age Albert (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Street of Sinners Leon (Character) - 1957
89% 74% Men in War Sfc. Nate Lewis (Character) - 1957
92% 75% The Wrong Man Eugene Conforti (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Party Kicks Johnson (Character) - 1956
99% 95% On the Waterfront Cab driver (uncredited) (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Harold Goodman (Guest Star) 1990
91% 88% Star Trek: The Next Generation Palor Toff (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 91% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Deputy Premier Andrey Malinoff (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Sam (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 88% Magnum, P.I. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Yacov Berger (Guest Star) 1981 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Littlest Hobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The French Atlantic Affair Unknown (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Dr. Burke (Character) 1979
33% 100% Battlestar Galactica Eastern Alliance Leader (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Como (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1977 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Jesse Jerome (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ben Rando (Guest Star) 1974-1975 1968-1969 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco 'Papa' Kampacalas (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Anton Wojeska (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Nick Master (Guest Star) 1971-1972 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Leo Cussoni (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Chembe Kunji (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1968 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maya Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966-1967
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Don Ferando (Guest Star) 1965
90% 73% Gilligan's Island Pancho Hernando Gonzalez Enriques Rodriguez (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seaway Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1960 1957
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Carl Lanser (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Willie Hauptmann (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Dr. Arnault (Character) 1955

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