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Rita Gam (1927–2016)

Rita Gam was born on April 2, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Rita Eleanore MacKay. She was an actress and producer, known for Klute (1971), King of Kings (1961) and Sinners Go to Hell (1962). She was married to Thomas Henry Guinzburg and Sidney Lumet. She died on March 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1997 Monaco (Short) (voice)
 1996 Rowing Through
Iris Biglow
 1989 Midnight
 1987 Distortions
Mildred Tyson
 1983 Tucker's Witch (TV Series)
- Formula for Revenge (1983) ... Beatrice
 1983 Romance Theatre (TV Series)
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Lisa Brisson
- Completely Foolproof (1981) ... Lisa Brisson
 1979 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Cynthia Zakarian
- Guilt (1979) ... Cynthia Zakarian
 1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
- The Story of Noah: Part 2 (1978) ... Xantha
- The Story of Noah: Part 1 (1978) ... Xantha
 1976 Harry O (TV Series)
Naomi Cline
- Book of Changes (1976) ... Naomi Cline
 1975 Matt Helm (TV Series)
 1974 Law and Disorder
Woman in Cab
 1974 Garden of Death
Helena Boardman
 1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Dr. Ernestine Waldo
- Race Against Time: Part 2 (1974) ... Dr. Ernestine Waldo
- Race Against Time: Part 1 (1974) ... Dr. Ernestine Waldo
 1973 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Pam Crane
- The Devil You Say (1973) ... Pam Crane
 1971 Such Good Friends
 1971 Shoot Out
 1971 Klute
 1968 Hidden Faces (TV Series)
Mimi Jaffe
 1966 Family Affair (TV Series)
Louise Marshall
- Beware the Other Woman (1966) ... Louise Marshall
 1966 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
- The Mist of Silence (1964) ... Detta
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
- Uncle Vanya (1964) ... Yelena
 1962 Sinners Go to Hell
 1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Polly Chalmers
- Revolt in Hadley (1960) ... Polly Chalmers
- The Women of Hadley (1960) ... Polly Chalmers
 1959 Hannibal
 1959 Costa Azzurra
Rita Eldmont
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- Time of Your Life (1958) ... Elsie
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.11 (1957) ... Comedian
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Dora Coburn (1983)
 1956 Mohawk
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Laughter of Giants (1956) ... Rain
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- Affair in Sumatra (1956) ... Lotti
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Anna Deasy
- Deadlock (1956) ... Anna Deasy
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Trucks Welcome (1955)
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Mimi (1955) ... Mimi
 1954 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Woman in Commercial / 1st Lucky Strike Commercial
- San Diego Naval Training Center Show (1954) ... Woman in Commercial
- The Jam Session Show (1954) ... 1st Lucky Strike Commercial
 1954 Sign of the Pagan
 1954 Night People
Ricky Cates
 1953 Saadia
 1952 Crime Photographer (TV Series)
- Blackmail (1952)
 1952 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
- Dark of the Moon (1952)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- A Child Is Born (1951) ... Leah
 1951 Danger (TV Series)
- Inherit Murder (1951)
- Marley's Ghost (1951)
 1951 Love of Life (TV Series)
Nita Ray (1977)
 1951 Trapped (TV Series)
- The Nobody (1951)
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Pattern (1951) ... Girl
 1950 Believe It or Not (TV Series)
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Her mother, Belle (Fately), was a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and her father, Milton A. MacKay, was born in Alsace-Lorraine, to Romanian Jewish parents. Her father died in 1931. Her mother subsequently remarried, and Rita took the surname of her stepfather, Benjamin J. Gam, who was a Russian Jewish immigrant. See more »

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