Mike Mazurki


Actor
Mike Mazurki

About

Also Known As
Mikhail Mazurwski
Birth Place
Austria
Born
December 25, 1907
Died
December 09, 1990

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Dick Tracy (1990)
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)
Doin' Time (1984)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1981)
Alligator (1980)
The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)
Himself
Gas Pump Girls (1979)
One Man Jury (1978)
The Magic Of Lassie (1978)
Apollo
The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race (1977)
Mad Bull (1977)
Challenge To Be Free (1976)
Trapper
The McCullochs (1975)
Randall
The Centerfold Girls (1974)
Caretaker
The Mad Trapper (1972)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
"Mountain Ox"
Seven Women (1966)
Tunga Khan
Requiem for a Gunfighter (1965)
Ivy Bliss
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Sr. 1st Sgt. Stanislas Wichowsky
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Miner
4 for Texas (1963)
Chad
Donovan's Reef (1963)
Sergeant Menkowicz
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
Slave captain
Zotz! (1962)
Igor
Swingin' Along (1962)
Bookie
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Big Mike
The Errand Boy (1961)
Blonde "movie siren"
The Facts of Life (1960)
Husband in motel room
The Buccaneer (1959)
Tarsus
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Spats's henchman
Alias Jesse James (1959)
Cowboy at bar
The Man Who Died Twice (1958)
Rak
Hell Ship Mutiny (1957)
Ross
Comanche (1956)
Flat Mouth
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Drunk at Hong Kong Dive
Man in the Vault (1956)
Louie
New Orleans Uncensored (1955)
Big Mike
Blood Alley (1955)
Big Han
New York Confidential (1955)
Arnie Wendler
Kismet (1955)
Chief policeman
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
The Egyptian (1954)
Death house foreman
Criminal Lawyer (1951)
Moose Hendricks
Pier 23 (1951)
Ape Danowski
My Favorite Spy (1951)
Monkara
The Light Touch (1951)
Charles
Ten Tall Men (1951)
Roshko
Dark City (1950)
Sidney Winant
Night and the City (1950)
The Strangler
He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950)
"Lunk" Boxwell
Samson and Delilah (1950)
Leader of Philistine soldiers
Come to the Stable (1949)
Sam
Rope of Sand (1949)
Pierson--Guard
Abandoned (1949)
Hoppe
Neptune's Daughter (1949)
Mac Mazolla
The Devil's Henchman (1949)
Rhino
Devil's Henchmen (1949)
I Walk Alone (1948)
Dan
The Noose Hangs High (1948)
Chuck
Relentless (1948)
Jake
Unconquered (1947)
Bone
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Bruno, the Strongman
Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
Yusuf
Killer Dill (1947)
Little Joe
Mysterious Intruder (1946)
Harry Pontos
The French Key (1946)
Sam Cragg
Live Wires (1946)
Patsy Clark
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
The Spanish Main (1945)
Swaine
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Klondike Pete
Dick Tracy (1945)
Splitface, also known as Alexis Banning
Dakota (1945)
Bigtree Collins
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Humphrey Rafferty
Nob Hill (1945)
Rafferty's fighter
Swing Fever (1944)
Wrestler
Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)
Bouncer
Lost Angel (1944)
Fighter
The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Metropolis
The Missing Juror (1944)
Cullie
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Moose Malone
Summer Storm (1944)
Policeman
The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Pirate
It Ain't Hay (1943)
Bouncer
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Olaf
Henry Aldrich Haunts a House (1943)
Shadow
Taxi, Mister (1943)
Joe
Prairie Chickens (1943)
Charlie
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
Japanese wrestler
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Workman
Flying Tigers (1942)
Bruiser
The Shanghai Gesture (1942)
The coolie
Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)
Rogell
The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
Tough Bill
About Face (1942)
Sailor
That Other Woman (1942)
Grant
Gentleman Jim (1942)
Kilrain

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Night and the City (1950)
Tech adv on wrestling

Cast (Special)

Revenge of the Gray Gang (1981)
The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971)
Julius; Mobster

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Mob Boss (1990)

Life Events

1915

Moved from Austria to Cohoes, NY aged six

1941

Screen debut in "The Shanghai Gesture"

1966

TV series debut, as regular on "It's About Time"

Photo Collections

Murder, My Sweet - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills taken for Murder, My Sweet (1944), starring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Videos

Movie Clip

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - You Know Who You're Talking To? S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall is the promoter with Edward Everett Horton of a fictional wartime benefit show, and they’re being driven nuts by (pretending) egomaniac star Eddie Cantor, so he doesn’t recognize Humphrey Bogart, maybe because of the impressive scruffy beard, in the Warner Bros. morale-Musical variety hit Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Murder, My Sweet (1944) - The Smoke Didn't Move Fake psychic and jewel thief Amthor (Otto Kruger) tricking thug Moose (Mike Mazurki) into throttling P-I Marlowe (Dick Powell), whom he earlier hired to find his girlfriend, who then enters his second semi-conscious episode, in Murder, My Sweet, 1944, directed by Edward Dmytryk, from a Raymond Chandler novel.
Murder, My Sweet (1944) - You're A Private Eye Temporarily blinded P-I Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) begins the flashback, with director Edward Dmytryk's famous introduction of Moose Malone (Mike Mazurki), early in Murder, My Sweet, 1944, from Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely.
Blood Alley (1955) - God's Footsteps Sprung from a "Red" Chinese prison and escorted by Big Han (Mike Mazurki), American ship captain Wilder (John Wayne) meets Tso (Paul Fix) and his liberator Cathy (Lauren Bacall), in Blood Alley, 1955, from director Andrew V. McLaglen.
Blood Alley (1955) - Eat It, Comrade! Paused for boat repairs, Cathy (Lauren Bacall), herself a semi-captive of the Chinese authorities, warns Captain Tom (John Wayne) that members of a communist-sympathizing family may have poisoned the other refugees' food supply, in Blood Alley, 1955, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.
Come To The Stable (1949) - Santa Anita French nuns in New York (Loretta Young as Margaret, Celeste Holm as Scolastica) undeterred by meatball Sam (Mike Mazurki) as they seek audience with kingpin Rossi (Thomas Gomez), who owns the land they want for their school, Marion Martin his manicurist, in Henry Koster's Come To The Stable, 1949.
Alias Jesse James (1959) - Where Can I Find Jesse James? Bob Hope is life insurance salesman Farnsworth, in Missouri to buy back the policy he sold to Jesse James (Wendell Corey), whom he doesn't realize robbed his train earlier, and who visits with his bombshell fianceè Cora (Rhonda Fleming), in the Western comedy Alias Jesse James, 1959.
Dick Tracy (1945) - Must Be The Fuse First appearance for both Jane Greer (as "Judith") and Mike Mazurki (as "Splitface"), as Dick (Morgan Conway) and girlfriend Tess (Anne Jeffreys) visit first Jane's dad's restaurant, then his house where the villain lurks, in RKO's Dick Tracy, 1945.
Canterville Ghost, The - Take Warning! American soldiers led by Cuffy (Robert Young) bivouaced at an English mansion, are less spooked than the title character (Charles Laughton) in Jules Dassin's The Canterville Ghost, 1944, from an Oscar Wilde story.
Zotz! - Powerless! Ray Don, Mike Mazurki and the sublime Tom Poston in a scene (anticipating "The Matrix!") from William Castle's Zotz!, 1962, included in the new William Castle Film Collection DVD set, available October 20th.

Trailer

Neptune's Daughter (1949) -- (Original Trailer) A polo player romances a bathing suit designer in MGM's Neptune's Daughter (1949), starring Esther Williams.
Pocketful Of Miracles (1961) -- (Original Trailer) Bette Davis plays Apple Annie in Frank Capra's last movie, Pocketful Of Miracles (1961).
Facts of Life, The - (Original Trailer) Suburban marrieds (Bob Hope, Lucille Ball) are tempted to dabble in adultery.
Criminal Lawyer - (Original Trailer) An alcoholic lawyer (Pat O'Brien) sobers up to defend his friend in a murder case in Criminal Lawyer (1951).
About Face - (Original Trailer) Two army sergeants (William Tracy, Joe Sawyer) wreak havoc on leave in the Hal Roach comedy About Face (1942).
Seven Women - (Original Trailer) Seven women staffing an isolated Chinese mission fight to survive a bandit attack in John Ford's last movie Seven Women (1966).
Nightmare Alley - (Textless Trailer) An ambitious carnival worker (Tyrone Power) attempts to scam his way out of the carnival in the brutal noir Nightmare Alley (1947).
Princess and the Pirate, The - (Original Trailer) A cowardly knight (Bob Hope) rescues a disguised princess from pirates.
Horn Blows At Midnight, The - (Original Trailer) Jack Benny plays an angel sent to destroy the Earth with a trumpet blast in The Horn Blows At Midnight (1945).
Donovan's Reef - (Original Trailer) A war veteran in the South Seas tries to salvage a buddy's reputation when the man's daughter comes calling. Director John Ford's last movie starring John Wayne.
My Favorite Spy (1951) - (Original Trailer) A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm in My Favorite Spy (1951) starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr.
Thank Your Lucky Stars - (Original Trailer) An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) with guest appearances by Bette Davis, Errol Flynn & Humphrey Bogart.

Family

Mannette Mazurki
Daughter
Mother, Jeannette Lindner.
Michelle Mazurki
Daughter
Mother, Jeannette Lindner.

Companions

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

Bibliography