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Also Known As: Died: February 13, 1996
Born: November 4, 1919 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Legend of the Spirit Dog (1997) as Gramps
A mysterious wolf-dog enters a young boy's life and leads him on a mission to save Mother Earth from an ancient supernatural threat.
Silence Of The Hams, The (1994) as Inspector Balsam
In this parody of horror films, a handsome but featherbrained FBI agent investigates a handful of murders committed by a serial killer.
Two For the Job (1992)
The niece of a powerful European industrialist is kidnapped. The police hire a suave American special agent, who is assigned a local, by-the-book policewoman as his partner, to solve the case. The two bicker and argue their way through the investigation, learning that there is much more at stake tha
Cape Fear (1991) as Judge
A deranged convict seeks revenge on the attorney who improperly defended him.
Two Evil Eyes (1991) as Mr Pym ("The Black Cat")
A dying man is manipulated by his wife and her lover in "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar." A photographer is terrorized by a black cat in "The Black Cat."
Child Saver, The (1988) as Sidney Rosenberg
A television movie about Andrea Crawford, a successful advertising executive who puts her life on the line for a Jackie Watson, a young orphan boy involved in drugs. In trying to steer the seven-year-old away from the dangerous subculture, Andrea makes an enemy of a major drug dealer. She also alien
Kids Like These (1987) as Grandpa
A television movie about a mother who starts a crusade to re-educate the community to the truth about kids, like her own, who have Down's Syndrome, a cause of mental retardation. One of the writers, Emily Perl Kingsley, is the mother of a Down's Syndome child, and the film is based on her story.
Private Investigations (1987) as Cliff Dowling
Delta Force, The (1986) as Ben Kaplan
An elite group of commandos led by a tough colonel is assigned to rescue a group of Americans from a terrorist-held airplane.
Whatever It Takes (1986) as Hap Perchicksky
Second Serve (1986) as Dr Stone
A television movie about Richard Radley, a father, surgeon, naval officer, and athlete, who underwent a sex-change operation to become the woman -- Renee Richards -- whom she felt had always been trapped in the body of a man. The film, based on Renee Richards' own account, describes the psychologica
Murder in Space (1985) as Alexander Rostov
The crew of a multi-national space probe is being systematically killed off and the problem faced by ground control, the CIA and the KGB is whether to let the craft land, possibly permitting the killer to escape through political hanky panky, or keep it aloft until the mystery is solved, while the n
Death Wish 3 (1985) as Bennett
Vigilante Paul Kersey returns to New York to avenge the crimes of street thugs.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985) as Mr Beamish
A group of recent college graduates who were best of friends find themselves drifting apart as each one has to confront the realities of the "real world."
Goodbye People, The (1984) as Max Silverman
I Want to Live (1983) as Jack Brady
Lindsay Wagner stars as Barbara Graham, who was executed in the San Quentin gas chamber in 1955 for her participation in a robbery/murder. This remake of the 1958 movie which won Susan Hayward her Academy Award was written by Don M. Mankiewicz (who co-authored the screenplay to the Hayward movie) an
Salamander, The (1983) as Stefanelli
Dectective Dante Matucci investigates the mysterious deaths of several Italian political leaders but his only clues are cards bearing the symbol of a salamander left on the desk of each slain official.
Innocent Prey (1983) as Sheriff Virgil Baker
A woman is terrorized by a knife-wielding murderer.
Love Tapes, The (1980) as David Franklin
Another "Love Boat"/"Fantasy Island" variation, this pilot to a prospective series, loaded up with familiar TV faces, focuses on the misadventures of the clients of Good Possibilities, a state-of-the-art videotape dating service run by Michael Constantine. During production, this movie was titled "T
Aunt Mary (1979) as Harry Strasberg
The true-life drama about a handicapped Baltimore woman living on welfare who organized a sandlot baseball team and ended up coaching more than 50,000 boys and girls over nearly 40 years.
Seeding Of Sara Burns, The (1979) as Dr Samuel Melman
A young woman decides to volunteer for a proposed embryo transplant to help a couple who are unable to have a child, and then has second thoughts about giving up the baby.
House On Garibaldi Street (1979) as Isser Harel
A dramatization, filmed in Spain, about the events leading up to the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960. Two of the actors, Topol and Janet Suzman, are best known to American moviegoers as Academy Award nominees for their roles in "Fiddler on the Roof
Cuba (1979) as General Bello
A British mercenary meets an old love while training anti-Castro forces in Cuba.
There Goes the Bride (1979) as Elmer Babcock
Siege (1978) as Henry Fancher
A drama about a community of senior citizens who are terrorized by a ruthless neighborhood gang. After learning that the police are stymied because the victims are too scared to testify against the bullying leader, a semi-retired toolmaker decides to take a stand.
Millionaire, The (1978) as Arthur Haines
Three people's lives are drastically changed when they are suddenly given one million dollars each by an eccentric billionaire in this pilot to a prospective new series which the producers hoped would equal the success of the original one that ran from 1955 to 1960 -- with Robert Quarry now in the r
Silver Bears (1978) as Joe Fiore
"Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is ordered by his boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to go to set up a fake bank in Monte Carlo. When he arrives, he finds that his "assistant" Prince di Siracusa (Louis Jourdan) has squandered all the cash on an investment in a silver mine owned by Shireen and Agha Firdausi (St├ęphane Audran and David Warner). In a panic, he sets out to recover the cash, managing to find time to romance a banker's discontented wife (Cybill Shepherd) along the way.
Rainbow (1978) as Louis B Mayer
A musical drama tracing the life of a young Judy Garland (ages 10 to 17) during her rise from struggling vaudeville performer to the star of "The Wizard of Oz." Cinematographer Howard R. Schwartz received an Emmy Award for his contribution.
Contract on Cherry Street (1977) as Captain Ernie Weinberg
Sinatra's TV-movie debut had him playing a hard-driven New York cop who explodes after his close friend and team partner is gunned down and decides to operate outside of established procedures to break an organized crime ring.
Raid On Entebbe (1977) as Daniel Cooper
This was the second star-laden dramatization of the Israeli rescue of plane-bound hostages taken during a Palestinian hijacking on July 4, 1976. Cinematographer Bill Butler won an Emmy Award for his work. Others nominated were Peter Finch (his last screen role), Martin Balsam and Yaphet Kotto, direc
Storyteller, The (1977) as Ira Davidson
A veteran television writer is troubled by charges that his teleplay motivated a boy to actions that caused his death. Richard Levinson and William Link received Emmy Award nominations for their original story.
Sentinel, The (1977) as Professor
A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbors, but finds out that the house is only occupied by the priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason.
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, The (1976) as Edward J Reilly
A dramatization of the 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh infant, the search for the abductor, and his capture, trial and execution three years later. Anthony Hopkins won an Emmy for his acting in this movie which itself was nominated as Outstanding Special, as were J.P. Miller (original teleplay), Ri
All The President's Men (1976) as Howard Simons
Two Washington Post reporters investigate the Watergate break-in that ended Nixon's presidency.
Two-Minute Warning (1976) as Sam Mckeever
A lone gunman stalks a sold-out crowd at a championship football stadium.
Death Among Friends (1975) as Buckner
A lady homicide detective tries to solve the murder of an international financier in this pilot for a prospective but unrealized series.
Miles to Go Before I Sleep (1975) as Ben Montgomery
An idealistic drama about a lonely old man trying to fulfill his life by aiding a teenage delinquent living at a rehabilitation center in Boston.
Mitchell (1975) as James Arthur Cummins
MItchell is an alcoholic police detective who does not have the time or inclination to do things by the book. He ignores his orders and most of the accepted rules of society while investigating a drug ring,
Trapped Beneath the Sea (1974) as T C Hollister
A drama based on the true story of four men entombed in a mini-sub in waters off the coast of Florida in 1973.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) as Bianchi
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a mysterious businessman during a luxurious train ride.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) as Green
Gunmen hold a New York subway train and its passengers for ransom.
Brand New Life, A (1973) as Jim Douglas
Cloris Leachman won one of her assortment of Emmy Awards for her performance in this melodrama centering on a middle-aged couple's reaction to the prospect of their first child after eighteen years of marriage.
Il Consigliori (1973) as Don Antonio Magadino
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) as Harry Walden
A New York City housewife faces a midlife crisis that forces her to re-consider her way of life.
Six-Million-Dollar Man, The (1973) as Dr Rudy Wells
A test pilot, all but killed in a crash, is "remade" through the science of bionics into a superman superior to the flesh-and-blood man he had been. The popular series that followed (1973-78) had Majors repeating his role, with Richard Anderson and Alan Oppenheimer taking over the parts created by M
Night of Terror (1972) as Captain Caleb Sark
A syndicate killer relentlessly pursues a pretty young teacher who doesn''t know what he''s after, although he has already killed twice to get it.
The Man (1972) as Jim Talley
The US Vice President has recently died, without yet being replaced, when the President is killed in a building collapse. The President pro tempore of the Senate declines to assume the Presidency because of his own age and ill health. Speaker of the House Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. The events from that day to the next election when he must decide if he will actually run challenge his skills as a politician and leader.
The Anderson Tapes (1971) as [Tommy] Haskins
After ten years in prison, a thief tries to adjust to improved surveillance methods.
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public prosecutor try to prove that the architect in the city is in the mafia.
Catch-22 (1970) as Colonel Cathcart
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.
Little Big Man (1970) as Allardyce T. Merriweather
An American pioneer raised by Indians ends up fighting alongside General Custer.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) as Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
The Japanese take advantage of American blunders to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Trilogy (1969) as Ivor Belli
"Miriam": Miss Miller has spent her life as a governess for children in some of the most fashionable homes in New York. She is shocked one day to learn that one of her "babies" is expecting a baby of her own and rejects Miss Miller's offer to be the nurse for the forthcoming child. That night, Miss Miller meets Miriam, a strange young girl who resembles Miss Miller when she was a child. Miriam, critical of everything Miss Miller has or does, constantly taunts her about a loveless existence, leading to a violent confrontation and chilling denouement. "Among The Paths To Eden": Mary O'Meaghan, a spinster, strikes up a conversation in a Queens, New York cemetery with a widower who is putting flowers on his deceased wife's grave. After establishing a modest rapport, Mary reveals to the bemused man that she had come to the graveyard specifically looking for a lonely widower, inasmuch as a friend of hers had found two husbands in a cemetery. "A Christmas Memory": As Christmastime approaches in rural Alabama, a young boy and his best friend, an elderly woman distantly related to him, prepare for the holiday by gathering ingredients for their annual batch of fruitcakes for 'people who've struck our fancy'. On Christmas Eve, they talk with great anticipation of the next day, but underneath is the sad, almost unspoken knowledge that the boy is growing up and his cousin is getting older and more frail.
Me, Natalie (1969) as Uncle Harold
A plain girl, living in New York, tries to come to terms with the fact that she'll never be beautiful.
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) as Mayor Wilker
An aging lawman hears that his old nemesis is back in the area and planning a robbery.
Hombre (1967) as Henry Mendez
A white man raised by Apaches is the only hope for stagecoach passengers stranded by a bandit attack.
After the Fox (1966) as Harry Granoff
A notorious con man poses as a film director to front a major caper.
A Thousand Clowns (1965) as Arnold Burns
A free-living New Yorker fights to maintain custody of his nephew.
Conquered City (1965) as Feinberg
The Bedford Incident (1965) as Lieut. Comdr. Chester Potter
An American destroyer, with a journalist on board, pursues a Russian submarine during the Cold War.
Harlow (1965) as Everett Redman
In this story, Harlow starts in the movies as set dressing, the pretty girl who is used for the glamour shots. Refusing to descend to the casting couch for work, she finds that she is soon blacklisted from the industry. But an agent named Arthur sees something in Jean and begins representing her. For a long time, the jobs are scarce and consist mostly of receiving the pie in the face in low budget comedies. But Arthur's belief in Jean never wavers and when she finally graduates to featured roles, the critics say that she cannot act, but she is unforgettable. Polishing the image as the girl next door, but with some fire, she begins her climb to the top and becomes the girl every woman wants to look like and every man wants to have. But her own life is a disaster - unlike her screen life.
Seven Days in May (1964) as Paul Girard
An American military officer discovers his superiors are planning a military coup.
The Carpetbaggers (1964) as Bernard B. Norman
A young tycoon takes Hollywood by storm to quench his thirst for power.
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) as Sanford Kaufman
A shy actor is tormented by fans who think he''''s as charismatic as his television character.
Cape Fear (1962) as Mark Dutton
An ex-convict plots to destroy the district attorney who sent him to prison.
Everybody Go Home! (1962) as Corporal Fornaciari
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) as O. J. Berman
A young writer gets caught up in a party girl''s carefree existence.
Ada (1961) as Steve Jackson
A call girl weds an easygoing politician and helps him against corrupt state officials.
Psycho (1960) as Milton Arbogast
A woman on the run gets mixed up with a repressed young man and his violent mother.
Middle of the Night (1959) as Jack
A widowed businessman courts a younger woman who works for him.
Al Capone (1959) as Mac Keely
Chicago's most notorious gangster rules the city ruthlessly.
Marjorie Morningstar (1958) as Dr. David Harris
While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated). They plan to marry, but after the musical's critical failure on Broadway, Noel runs away. Marjorie finally tracks him down at the summer theater where they first met--and, realizing that this is probably where he belongs, finally gives up on the relationship. Helping her to move on with her life is Wally, once Noel's assistant, now a very successful Broadway playwright, and all along, Marjorie's unrequited lover. The movie ends with a clear implication Wally and Marjorie will finally be a couple.
Time Limit (1957) as Sgt. Baker
An officer is court-martialed under suspicion of collaborating with the North Koreans.
12 Angry Men (1957) as Juror 1, the foreman
A jury holdout tries to convince his colleagues to vote not guilty.
On the Waterfront (1954) as Gillette
A young stevedore takes on the mobster who rules the docks.

Cast (special)

National AIDS Awareness Test: What Do You Know About Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome?, The (1987)
A special featuring a "test format" that allows viewers to answer 50 questions on AIDS, after which answers, based on the latest medical research, are given. The program, presented without commercial interruption, features discussions on AIDS origin, transmission, prevention, and treatment, as well
Grown Ups (1985) as Jack
Jake, a successful journalist, has difficulties living up to the expectations of his family. He struggles to re-define his life as he attempts to cope unsuccessfully with his troubled wife, his demanding child, his parents, and his sister at a family reunion.
Winterset (1959) as Garth
The story of a man and his attempts to clear the name of his father, who was executed for a murder he did not commit.
Time Element, The (1958) as Dr Gillespie
The pilot film for "The Twilight Zone." The story of Peter Jenson, a man whose recurring dream becomes a reality when he returns to Pearl Harbor on December 5, 1941, two days before it is bombed. The episode relates his frantic efforts to warn military officials of the approaching catastrophe.
Defender, The (1957) as Francis Toohey
The pilot for the television series, "The Defenders." The story of Walter and Kenneth Pearson, a father-and-son legal team. Broadcast as two segments of "Studio One," the story relates how the Pearsons defend a young man accused of killing a woman during a robbery attempt.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

James A. Michener's "Space" (1985) as Senator Michael Glancey
James A. Michener's epic best-selling fictional account of America's space program, spanning the years from the end of World War II to the exploration of the moon in the early 1970s and a fictional expedition to the "dark" side, was the basis of this well-received 13-hour miniseries with a stellar c

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Queenie (1987) as Marty Katz
A two-part miniseries based on Michael Korda's novel which is reputedly a fictionalized treatment of the life of the late actress Merle Oberon, who was married to Korda's uncle, Alexander Korda. The story deals with an exotic young girl who rises from the slums of Calcutta to the brink of internatio
Little Gloria, Happy At Last (1982) as Nathan Burkan
A stellar cast and six Emmy Award nominations distinguished this dramatization of Barbara Goldsmith's best-seller about the bitter 1934 child custody case involving 10-year-old Gloria Vanderbilt, America's famous "poor little rich girl." In addition to nominations as Outstanding Drama Special and fo
People vs. Jean Harris, The (1981) as Joel Aurnou
For topicality, this production remains unique in having its premiere just nine weeks after the actual headline-making trial of the refined private school headmistress who was convicted of the murder of her unfaithful lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower, the famed "Scarsdale Diet" author. This taped movie br

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