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Born: March 26, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon... (1994) as Director
Two actors' journey through Florida brings them less than they bargained for, as they try to offer Beckett's classic to an uninterested contemporary audience.
Fire Sale (1977) as Director
Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the responsibility over to his son, Russel. While Russel doesn't get much respect from his parents, he's better off than his brother, Ezra, whom Benny has gone so far as to disown. Ezra is currently battling with his work (coach of a high school basketball team that hasn't won in ages) and his wife (who keeps nagging him that she wants to have a baby as soon as possible) at the same time.
Little Murders (1971) as Director
A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written. How the family's failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot.

Cast (feature film)

Million Dollar Arm, The (2014)
The true story of a sports agent who seeks out pitching prospects in India.
In Security (2014)
Kevin and Bruce are security experts in the safest town in America. When their home security business is in jeopardy they start robbing houses to drum up business. It works for a while, until they score one particularly interesting prize: a duffel bag full of money. Turns out they've robbed the wron
Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The (2013)
In the world of rival Las Vegas magicians, one member of a highly successful two-man team dies in a risky stunt. The surviving team member must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic.
Grudge Match (2013)
Billy "The Kid" McDonnen and Henry "Razor" Sharp are two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement,
Stand Up Guys (2012)
Three aging con men reunite, but one has a debt to the mob that endangers them all.
Argo (2012)
During the Iran hostage crisis, the CIA and Hollywood collaborated on a covert operation - a fake film - to rescue six Americans.
Change-Up, The (2011)
Growing up together, Mitch and Dave were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they've slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie, kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch's stress free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other's bodies and proceed to freak out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave's sexy legal associate, Sabrina, and Mitch's estranged father. With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave struggle to avoid completely destroying each other's lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.
Muppets, The (2011)
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary and Gary's girlfriend Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
Thin Ice (2011)
When a dishonest, small-town insurance agent learns that his near-senile customer owns a million-dollar violin, he sets out to get it by any means possible.
City Island (2009)
A happily married corrections officer living on City Island begins to secretly take acting lessons. His wife believes he's having an extramarital affair. This sets off a chaotic series of events that turn his suburban life upside down.
Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The (2009)
After nearly two decades caught under the wing of an aging husband, devoted mother and housewife Pippa Lee undergoes a midlife breakthrough. Unearthing the sexually curious wild child of her teens, Pippa sparks a relationship with a kindred soul.
Get Smart (2008)
Maxwell Smart is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart--armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm--must thwart the doomsday plans of KAOS head Siegfried.
Marley & Me (2008)
John and Jenny Grogan, a young couple, adopt an adorable Labrador pup who quickly turns his new home into a disaster area. But over the years, the Grogans come to realize that "the world's worst dog" truly brings out the best in them.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades her slacker sister, Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make
Raising Flagg (2007)
A rural handyman, Flagg Purdy, prides himself on being a man of principle--though he often can't remember which principle. Flagg ekes out a living doing odd jobs for his neighbors while his wife Ada sells cage-free chicken eggs. Lovable but stubborn to the core, Flagg is easily overwhelmed by life'
Rendition (2007)
A CIA analyst based in Cairo finds his world spinning out of control after he witnesses the interrogation of a foreign national by the Egyptian secret police.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) as Grandpa [Edwin Hoover]
No one among the Hoovers quite has it together, but it's not for lack of trying. Father Richard, a hopelessly optimistic motivational speaker, is desperately attempting to sell his 9-step program for success--without much success. Meanwhile, the Hoovers' "pro-honesty" mother Sheryl is constantly har
Firewall (2006)
Computer security specialist Jack Stanfield works for the Seattle-based Landrock Pacific Bank. A trusted top-ranking executive, he has built his career and reputation on designing the most effective anti-theft computer systems in the industry. Jack's position affords a comfortable life for him, his
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The (2006)
Santa struggles to keep his new family happy while battling Jack Frost, who is trying to take over Christmas.
Noel (2004) as Artie
It's Christmas Eve in New York City, and with a little help from each other, five people will discover new meaning on Christmas Day: Jules finds the courage to step beyond his past; Artie's own tragic history shows Mike where jealousy can lead, bringing renewal to his relationship with Nina; and Ros
Eros (2004) as Cast ("Equilibrium")
Three short films about sexuality and love.
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003) as Sam Drebben
Based on the true story of Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa and his outrageous offer to Hollywood filmmakers in 1914 to make a movie of his life as Mexican General fighting the government. In exchange, he gained publicity and the money he made went to fund his war efforts.
Varian's War (2001) as Freier (Marseilles)
Story of American soldier Varian Fry, who rescued Jewish artists from the Nazis in the South of France.
America's Sweethearts (2001) as Wellness Guide
A publicists stages a reunion between a famous hollywood couple to help push a new film.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) as Gene
A group of people live their separate lives, unaware of the subtle interconnections that bring them together. There's a cocky attorney who becomes a fugitive following a hit-and-run incident, a math professor whose wife is the victim of a mugging, an insurance company manager troubled by his ex-wife
Jakob the Liar (1999) as Frankfurter
In Nazi-occupied Poland, Poor Jewish cafe owner Jakob overhears a confidential radio news bulletin signalling Soviet military advances against the Germans. It's the first bit of news the depressed ghetto has received in five years and to keep spirits alive, Jakob conjures up fictitious news bulleti
Slums of Beverly Hills, The (1998) as Murray Abramowitz
Follows the life of a lower-middle-class teen and her neurotic family in 1976.
Four Days In September (1997) as Charles Burke Elbrick
An account of the 1969 kidnapping of the U.S. ambassador to Brazil, Charles Burke Elbrick, by left-wing revolutionaries. Holed-up for a tense four days awaiting a response from the government, many of the personal encounters between the kidnappers and Ambassador Elbrick--as each member stands watch-
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) as Dr Oatman
Charming and proficient as a hired gun, Martin Blank returns to his hometown of Grosse Point, Michigan to attend his high school reunion and seek "fulfillment and truth." Once there he plans to meet up with his former girlfriend and perform "one last hit."
Gattaca (1997) as Detective Hugo
In the near future, where corporations screen their employees based on their genetic makeup, a man with a congenital heart condition tries to assume the identity of a former athlete with perfect genes in order to fulfill his dream of traveling in space.
Heck's Way Home (1996) as The Dogcatcher
A boy's missing dog travels thousands of miles across Canada to be reunited with his young owner before his family migrates to Australia.
Mother Night (1996) as George Kraft
Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American writer living in pre-World War II Germany, is pressed into service by the U.S. government on a top secret assignment. His mission: to assume the role of a Nazi sympathizer. With his true purpose known by only a few, Campbell becomes a prominent spokesman for the Nazis' anti-American and anti-semitic agenda, gaining celebrity in Germany and infamy in the States. Campbell's nightmarish misadventures continue when, years after the war, he is suddenly recognized as the infamous Howard W. Campbell. All at once, he is persecuted by outraged Holocaust survivors, pursued by the U.S. authorities as a traitor, and embraced by neo-Nazis and white supremacists who feel nostalgia for the "good old days." Ultimately, Campbell is imprisoned in Israel and ordered to stand trial as a Nazi war criminal. During his incarceration, he struggles with own uncertainty as to whether he actually a hero, a villain, or both.
Jerky Boys, The (1995) as Lazarro
Two unemployed construction workers make prank calls to any prospective employers who were rude to them.
Steal Big, Steal Little (1995) as Lou Perilli
Once upon a time, in the lush hills of Santa Barbara, lived twin brothers. They were identical of face, but not of soul. One brother loved with an unprejudiced heart his family, friends and the pristine land they call home. The other brother, whose own heart was cold, could not see past his vision o
North (1994) as Judge Buckle
Feeling unappreciated by his mother and father, an 11-year-old boy finds a lawyer, declares himself a "free agent" and searches the world for the "perfect" parents.
Doomsday Gun (1994) as Yessi
The true story of Canadian Gerald Bull, whose obsession with building the world's largest gun led him into a deadly agreement with Saddam Hussein.
Cooperstown (1993) as Harry Willette
A retired baseball player reflects on the mistakes and problems of the past 35 years when he is overlooked for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Indian Summer (1993) as Uncle Lou
Story about a final reunion between a group of friends prior to the closing of their old summer camp.
Taking the Heat (1993) as Tommy Canard
A female detective protects a murder witness from the mob.
So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) as (Cameo Appearance)
A poet marries a woman who may be a crazed killer.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) as George Aaronow
Story of wheeling and dealing in the real-estate business.
Rocketeer, The (1991) as Peevy
A personal rocket pack designed by Howard Hughes causes an aviator to be seen as somewhat of a superhero.
Havana (1990) as Joe Volpi
Political drama surrounding events in Cuba just prior to the Castro regime in 1958, when a high stakes gambler falls in love with the wife of a revolutionary.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) as Bill
A to himself man with scissors for hands, is brought to live in a suburban town, with a suburban family.
Coupe de Ville (1990) as Fred Libner
Three brothers travel across country in 1963 to deliver a 1954 vintage car to their father.
Necessary Parties (1988) as Archie Correlli
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a youngster's struggles to hold his family together after his parents decide to get a divorce.
Escape From Sobibor (1987) as Leon Feldhandler
A movie about the largest prisoner escape from a Nazi death camp in World War II. Six hundred inmates were driven to a desperate, daring escape attempt, on October 14, 1943, from Sobibor, the most secret of three death camps located in Eastern Poland. During the revolt, more than 300 persons made it
Deadly Business, A (1986) as Harold Kaufman
A television movie based on the true story of Harold Kaufman, whose undercover work for the FBI exposed corruption and the involvment of organized crime in the handling of lethal toxic wastes.
Bad Medicine (1985) as Dr Ramon Madera
Since he can't get accepted into any American medical schools, a wanna-be doctor ends up in a zany and dubious Central American one.
Big Trouble (1985) as Leonard Hoffman
An unhappy wife tries to get her insurance agent to help her kill her husband.
Joshua Then and Now (1985) as Reuben Shapiro
The story of a Jewish-Canadian sportswriter, from his early days, his marriage to a senator's daughter, and his attempt at becoming a celebrity.
Emperor's New Clothes, The (1984) as Bo
The Emperor is more concerned with his elaborate and expensive wardrobe than with the needs of his kingdom and subjects. Con men convince the Emperor they can create for him a beautiful, stylish suit of expensive clothing that will be invisible to all except those who are worthy of seeing it. When t
Return of Captain Invincible, The (1983) as Captain Invincible
Last Unicorn, The (1982) as Voice Of Schmendrick--Magician
Based on Peter S. Beagle's classic tale about a lonely unicorn who sets out on an extraordinary quest.
Deadhead Miles (1982) as Cooper
A picaresque tale in which a trucker steals a truck, picks up a tramp for company and heads west. En route he encounters an array of bizarre characters including a mysterious man in black, who drives a hearse and seems to incarnate the American past.
Full Moon High (1981) as Dr Jacob Brand
Tony goes on a trip to Transylvania with his father as a high school football star, and returns...a werewolf.
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981) as Flash
Former baseball player Flash and a dancer named Chu Chu have both fallen on hard times. Due to his alcoholism, he has been reduced to selling stolen watches and she is working as a street performer. When they find a briefcase full of stolen government documents, they return it to get the reward mone
Simon (1980) as Simon
A brainwashing experiment executed on a psychologist, trying to convince him he is an alien.
Improper Channels (1979) as Jeffrey Martley
Magician of Lublin, The (1979) as Yasha Mazur
The In-Laws (1979) as Sheldon Kornpett
The father of the groom drags the bride's father into a series of madcap adventures.
Other Side of Hell, The (1978) as Frank Dole
A man who enters a hospital for the criminally insane in an irrational state but regains his sanity after several years desperately tries to win his release after witnessing attacks on patients by guards. Production began on this as "The Next Howling Wind" and then it was to have been called "Escape
Defection Of Simas Kudirka, The (1978) as Simas Kudirka
A fact-based drama about the Lithuanian seaman who made an abortive attempt for freedom in 1970 by leaping from a Russian ship to the deck of an American Coast Guard cutter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Director David Lowell Rich and editor John A. Martinelli each received an Emmy Award for this fil
Fire Sale (1977) as Ezra Fikus
Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the responsibility over to his son, Russel. While Russel doesn't get much respect from his parents, he's better off than his brother, Ezra, whom Benny has gone so far as to disown. Ezra is currently battling with his work (coach of a high school basketball team that hasn't won in ages) and his wife (who keeps nagging him that she wants to have a baby as soon as possible) at the same time.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) as Sigmund Freud
Sherlock Holmes seeks psychiatric help from Sigmund Freud and gets caught up in mystery.
Rafferty And The Gold Dust Twins (1975) as Rafferty
Gunnery Sergeant Rafferty is a driving instructor who is struggling to get by, living in a dump near Hollywood. So when two young women hitchhikers abduct him in order to get to New Orleans, Rafferty figures he doesn't have much to lose and goes along with it. The three of them are friends by the time they reach Las Vegas, but by the time they get to Tucson, the friendship is beginning to wear thin.
Hearts of the West (1975) as Kessler
An aspiring western novelist in thirties Hollywood becomes a low-budget cowboy star.
Freebie and the Bean (1974) as Bean
Freebie and the Bean are San Francisco police partners who are doing everything in their power to get a mobster named Red Meyers put away.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972) as Barney Cashman
A middle aged restaurateur begins to feel the desire to roam and realizes that one day each week, his mother's apartment will be empty all afternoon. He makes several attempts at seduction, only to learn that it is much more complicated and difficult than he could have imagined.
Little Murders (1971) as Lieutenant Practice
A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written. How the family's failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot.
Catch-22 (1970) as Captain Yossarian
Set on a small island just off Italy, circa 1944, Captain Yossarian is an American bombardier who attempts to have himself grounded by claiming he's insane.
Popi (1969) as Abraham Rodriguez
A Puerto Rican immigrant hatches a series of zany schemes to insure his children's future.
The Monitors (1969) as
Unusual sci-fi invasion film, with a black-comedy twist: The Earth is taken over by The Monitors, aliens who run it like hall monitors in a 1950's high school, with overtones of Big Brother. The film follows the progress of the human underground rebellion. The twist is that as the film goes on, the audience's sympathies shift to the aliens, who are basically benevolent. When the humans manage to oust them, it's back to corruption and bribery by the usual suspects.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) as Singer
A deaf mute changes the lives of all he meets.
Inspector Clouseau (1968) as Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Further adventures of the famed detective (this time with Arkin in the title role) as he must uncover a ring of bank robbers.
Woman Times Seven (1967) as Fred
Seven mini-stories of adultery: "Funeral Possession," a wayward widow at her husband's funeral; "Amateur Night," angry wife becomes streetwalker out of revenge; "Two Against One," seemingly prudish girl turns out otherwise; "Super Simone," wife vainly attempts to divert her over-engrossed writer husband; "At the Opera," a battle over a supposedly exclusive dress; "Suicides," a death pact; "Snow," would-be suitor is actually a private detective hired by jealous husband.
Wait Until Dark (1967) as Roat
A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who've invaded her home.
The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966) as Rozanov
When a Russian sub runs aground in New England, it creates a local panic.
Most Wonderful Time, The (1000)
The turmoil of Christmas affects a family during the holiday.

Writer (feature film)

Necessary Parties (1988) as Writer
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a youngster's struggles to hold his family together after his parents decide to get a divorce.

Producer (feature film)

Thin Ice (2011)
When a dishonest, small-town insurance agent learns that his near-senile customer owns a million-dollar violin, he sets out to get it by any means possible.
The In-Laws (1979) as Executive Producer
The father of the groom drags the bride's father into a series of madcap adventures.

Music (feature film)

Calypso Heat Wave (1957) as Composer
New management drives off a record label's biggest star.

Director (special)

Boss, The (1989) as Director
A comedy in the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A recently widowed woman finds a job at Burger Guy, a fast-food franchise, working for a tyrannical 19-year-old manager.
Visit, The (1987) as Director
The fifth episode in PBS' first original comedy series, "Trying Times." The lives and space of a married couple are invaded when the husband's old high school flame arrives on the doorstep. The anxiety levels take on marriage-shattering proportions.
Twigs (1975) as Director
Four playlets that each present a slice of American life as seen through the eyes of three sisters and their mother.

Cast (special)

1997 Emmy Awards (1997) as Presenter
Live telecast of the 49th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring excellence in television.
Catch-22 (1996) as Interviewee
Documentary on Joseph Heller's comically tragic World War II novel, "Catch-22." Includes interviews with the author and those involved with the film based on the book, as well as re-creations of certain passages.
Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration, The (1996)
Salute to the performing arts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Second City 25th Anniversary Special, The (1985)
A comedy special that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Second City, the famous Chicago-based improvisational comedy troupe. The program featuers an array of graduates who appear in brief comedy skits.
Fourth Wise Man, The (1985) as Orontes
Convinced that the Messiah has come, Artaban, a "magus" (an old Persian word meaning wise man, holy man, magician, sorcerer), sets off in search of the baby Jesus. But every adventure that brings him closer spiritually means another delay in reaching his goal physically.
Matter of Principle, A (1984) as Flagg Purdy
Flagg Purdy, a stubborn, principled man who does not believe in celebrating Christmas as a holiday, must cope with the attempt by his daughter's fiance to introduce Christmas to the Purdy household for the first time.
Two Guys From Muck (1982) as Louie
The misadventures of Louie and Buzz, photojournalists for "Muck," a cheap, Los Angeles-based, weekly magazine whose policy is not only to inform, but to give readers what they want--muck. In the pilot episode, Louie and Buzz travel to New York City to cover the opening of the Cleopatra Exhibit and b
Love, Life, Liberty & Lunch (1976) as Lawrence (Story 1)
The overall title for four original plays. In Story 1, "Natasha Kovolina Pipishinsky" (written by Murray Schisgal), a wealthy businessman (Lawrence) decides to forsake his riches for the love of a beautiful Russian ballerina (Natasha). Story 2, "The Quiet War" (written by Neil Simon), reunites a ret
Trouble With People, The (1972) as Husband (Story 5)
The overall title for five short sketches by Neil Simon. 1: "The Greasy Diner." The story of a couple who enter a diner, take one look around, then wish they had never entered. 2: "The Man Who Got a Ticket." The story of a driver who is issued 369 summonses by a confused computer. 3: "The Night Visi

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Pentagon Papers, The (2003) as Harry Rowen

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