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Also Known As: Sheldon Leonard Berman, Shelly Berman Died:
Born: February 3, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: comedian, actor, director, playwright, taxi driver

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Easygoing, all-American and athletic, Sean Patrick Flanery was a natural choice to star in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC, 1992-93), a role he would reprise over the course of his busy career in a string of made-for-TV and direct-to-video sequels. Despite the controversy surrounding director Victor Salva, Flanery notched his biggest dramatic showcase as a supernaturally gifted, ultra-sensitive albino in "Powder" (1995). Famous to a particular generation, Flanery booked roles in "Suicide Kings" (1997), "Simply Irresistible" (1999) and "The Boondock Saints" (1999) as well as on "Stephen King's Dead Zone" (USA Network, 2002-07), but frequently appeared in lower-profile genre projects, including the horror schlock "KAW" (Sci Fi Channel, 2008) and "Mongolian Death Worm" (Syfy, 2010). He notched a flashy supporting turn as a duplicitous self-help author undone by his lies in "Saw 3-D" (2010) and joined the cast of "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ). Although never quite achieving mainstream stardom, Flanery built an impressively lengthy career and a devoted group of fans who enjoyed his eclectic professional range.

Easygoing, all-American and athletic, Sean Patrick Flanery was a natural choice to star in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC, 1992-93), a role he would reprise over the course of his busy career in a string of made-for-TV and direct-to-video sequels. Despite the controversy surrounding director Victor Salva, Flanery notched his biggest dramatic showcase as a supernaturally gifted, ultra-sensitive albino in "Powder" (1995). Famous to a particular generation, Flanery booked roles in "Suicide Kings" (1997), "Simply Irresistible" (1999) and "The Boondock Saints" (1999) as well as on "Stephen King's Dead Zone" (USA Network, 2002-07), but frequently appeared in lower-profile genre projects, including the horror schlock "KAW" (Sci Fi Channel, 2008) and "Mongolian Death Worm" (Syfy, 2010). He notched a flashy supporting turn as a duplicitous self-help author undone by his lies in "Saw 3-D" (2010) and joined the cast of "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ). Although never quite achieving mainstream stardom, Flanery built an impressively lengthy career and a devoted group of fans who enjoyed his eclectic professional range.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Keep Off! Keep Off! (1975) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 The Holiday (2006)
3.
 Meet the Fockers (2004) Cast
4.
 Last Producer, The (2001) Poker Player
5.
 Motorama (1991)
6.
 Elliot Fauman, Ph.D (1990) Stromboy--Tv Cook Show Hostess
7.
 Teen Witch (1989) Mr Weaver
8.
 Rented Lips (1988) Bill Slotnick
9.
 Beware! the Blob (1972) Hairdresser
10.
 Divorce American Style (1967) David Grieff
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Milestones close milestones

1957:
Began career as a stand-up comedian
1959:
Won international recognition with his first LP, <i>Inside Shelley Berman</i>
:
Appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in the 1950s
1959:
Broadway acting debut, "The Girls Against the Boys"
1962:
Broadway musical debut, "A Family Affair"
1964:
Film acting debut, "The Best Man"
1968:
Played Mr. Quigley on the ABC series, "That's Life"
1970:
Debut as TV producer (with Robert Klein), "Comedy Tonight" (CBS)
1975:
Film directing debut, "Keep Off! Keep Off!
1977:
Played Mel Beach on syndicated TV series, "Forever Fernwood"
1988:
Returned to comedy appearing in the feature "Rented Lips"
1992:
First dramatic play, "First Is Supper"; produced off-Broadway by the American Jewish Theater
1992:
Cast in a recurring role as Ben Flicker on the NBC legal drama, "L.A. Law"
1995:
Released a new live comedy album, <i>Live Again! At the Improv</i>
1996:
Appeared in two episodes of the NBC sitcom "Friends"
2000:
Cast in Jason Reitman's Short Film "In God We Trust"
2002:
Played the recurring role of Larry's father, Nat David on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Outstanding Guest Actor
2004:
Had a small role as Judge Ira in Jay Roach's "Meet the Fockers"
2006:
Appeared in episodes of ABC's "Boston Legal" as Judge Robert Sanders
2006:
Cast in director Nancy Meyer's comedy "The Holiday"
2007:
Guest-starred in an episode of HBO's "Entourage" as 'Uncle Shelley' to Mrs. Ari and her husband, Ari Gold
2008:
Played Adam Sandler's father in the comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"
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Education

The Goodman Theatre: Chicago , Illinois - 1943 - 1947

Notes

"Berman didn't tell jokes, he told stories, often on an imaginary telephone, chiefly stories about contemporary urban angst from airlines to hangovers, hitting nerves like a dentist apprenticing in sadism." --Clive Barnes (in his review of Berman's play "First Is Supper" in the New York Post, March 16, 1992.

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wife:
Sarah Herman. Married on April 19, 1947.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Nathan Berman.
mother:
Irene Berman.
son:
Joshua Berman.
daughter:
Rachel Berman.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Cleans and Dirtys"
"A Hotel is a Funny Place" Price, Stern & Sloan

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