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Also Known As: Mikhail Mazurwski Died: December 9, 1990
Born: December 25, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, professional wrestler

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Professional heavyweight wrestler turned character actor. Mazurki was discovered by Josef von Sternberg and made his screen debut in a bit part in his 1941 film "The Shanghai Gesture." Typecast as dull-witted, sharp-knuckled thugs in a score of supporting roles, because of his huge frame, coarse features and harsh voice, Mazurki created his first memorable character--Moose Malloy, the ex-convict seeking his lost love--in the film noir "Murder, My Sweet" (1944). Surprisingly he played the lead in the children's nature-adventure film, "Challenge to Be Free" (1976). From the 1950s, Mazurki pursued a second career, refereeing championship wrestling matches in the US, Europe and the Far East.

Professional heavyweight wrestler turned character actor. Mazurki was discovered by Josef von Sternberg and made his screen debut in a bit part in his 1941 film "The Shanghai Gesture."

Typecast as dull-witted, sharp-knuckled thugs in a score of supporting roles, because of his huge frame, coarse features and harsh voice, Mazurki created his first memorable character--Moose Malloy, the ex-convict seeking his lost love--in the film noir "Murder, My Sweet" (1944). Surprisingly he played the lead in the children's nature-adventure film, "Challenge to Be Free" (1976). From the 1950s, Mazurki pursued a second career, refereeing championship wrestling matches in the US, Europe and the Far East.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dick Tracy (1990) Old Man At Hotel
2.
 Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) Dutch ("Reckless Youth")
3.
 Doin' Time (1984) Bruno
5.
 Alligator (1980) Gatekeeper
6.
 Man With Bogart's Face, The (1980) Himself
7.
 Gas Pump Girls (1979) Moiv
8.
 One Man Jury (1978)
9.
 Magic Of Lassie, The (1978) Apollo
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1915:
Moved from Austria to Cohoes, NY aged six
:
Became professional heavyweight wrestler after leaving college
1941:
Screen debut in "The Shanghai Gesture"
1966:
TV series debut, as regular on "It's About Time"
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Education

Manhattan College: Bronx , New York - 1930

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wife:
Jeannette Lindner.
wife:
Sylvia Mazurki. Former agent and casting director. Second wife; died on October 18, 1997 at age 81.

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daughter:
Mannette Mazurki. Mother, Jeannette Lindner.
daughter:
Michelle Mazurki. Mother, Jeannette Lindner.

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