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Sam Jaffe (I) (1891–1984)


Born Shalom Jaffe in New York City, he became known to the world as Sam Jaffe. From a Jewish family as a child he appeared in Yiddish theater productions with his mother, a well-known regional stage actress. He graduated from the City College of New York and then studied engineering at Columbia University graduate school. He began his career as a ... See full bio »

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 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Professor Roscoe Weber
 1981 Foul Play (TV Series)
Barbary Bob Norwood
- Sins of the Father (1981) ... Barbary Bob Norwood
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
1st Supreme Court Justice
 1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Council Leader
- Flight of the War Witch (1980) ... Council Leader
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Dr. Alsdorf
- Fear of Cheesecake (1978) ... Dr. Alsdorf
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Papa
- Tears for All Who Love Her (1977) ... Papa
 1976 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Admiral Richter
- Kill Oscar: Part 3 (1976) ... Admiral Richter
 1976 The Sad and Lonely Sundays (TV Movie)
Dr. Sweeny
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Dr. Gershowitz
- The Moonlight Heater (1975) ... Dr. Gershowitz
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Dr. Howard Cambridge
- The Acolyte (1975) ... Dr. Howard Cambridge
 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Dr. Henry Willis
- Forgotten Lady (1975) ... Dr. Henry Willis
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Dr. Brunner
- Omega One (1975) ... Dr. Brunner
 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Alex Zubatuk
- Mister Nobody (1974) ... Alex Zubatuk
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Tessler
- Part Three (1974) ... Dr. Tessler
 1973 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Issac Waldersack
- Corpse and Robbers (1973) ... Issac Waldersack
 1973 Saga of Sonora (TV Movie)
Old Sam
 1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Henry Noll
- Five Will Get You Six (1972) ... Henry Noll
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mr. Palvecko (segment "Love and the Wishing Star")
- Love and the Girlish Groom/Love and the New You/Love and the Oldlyweds/Love and the Wishing Star (1972) ... Mr. Palvecko (segment "Love and the Wishing Star")
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
De Witt
- The New House (1972) ... De Witt
 1971 Enemies (TV Movie)
 1971 Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (TV Movie)
Toby
 1970 The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Movie)
Abe Stillman
 1970 Quarantined (TV Movie)
Mr. Berryman
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Dr. Lazko
- The Astronomers (1970) ... Dr. Lazko
 1969 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Bleum
- Night Gallery (1969) ... Bleum
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Dr. Singleton
- The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2 (1967) ... Dr. Singleton
- The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1 (1967) ... Dr. Singleton
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Zoltan Zorba
- Walk the Straight and Narrow (1966) ... Zoltan Zorba (uncredited)
 1966 Bonanza (TV Series)
Joshua Norton
- The Emperor Norton (1966) ... Joshua Norton
 1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Jed Tolson
- The First Beau (1965) ... Jed Tolson
 1964 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
- First Addition (1964)
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Dr. Graham
- The Bedside Murder (1962) ... Dr. Graham
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Louis Speckter
- Cain's Final Judgment (1961) ... Louis Speckter
 1960-1961 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
Martin Berger
- The Broken Hand (1961) ... Martin Berger
- No Sale (1960)
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Lazslo Lubasz
- Economy of Death (1961) ... Lazslo Lubasz
 1961 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
Mr. Bates
- A Cup of Kindness (1961) ... Mr. Bates
 1960-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Hal Ballew / The Abbot
- The Greatest Monster of Them All (1961) ... Hal Ballew
- The Ikon of Elijah (1960) ... The Abbot
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Luigi Valcone
- Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino (1961) ... Luigi Valcone
 1961 The Islanders (TV Series)
Papa Mathews
- To Bell a Cat (1961) ... Papa Mathews
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Zacharias
- The Terrible Clockman (1961) ... Zacharias
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series)
Old Man McKeen
- The Old Man (1960) ... Old Man McKeen
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Legend of Lovers (1960)
 1959-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Carpenter / Schiller / Grandy
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) ... Carpenter
- To the Sound of Trumpets (1960) ... Schiller
- The Ding-A-Ling Girl (1959) ... Grandy
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Younkers
- Lepke (1959) ... Younkers
 1949 The Big Story (TV Series)
Hal Studer
- Mad Dog ... Hal Studer
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Stage Play: The Gentle People. Drama. Written by Irwin Shaw. Scenic Design by Boris Aronson. Directed by Harold Clurman. Belasco Theatre: 5 Jan 1939- May 1939 (closing date unknown/141 performances). Cast: Katherine Allen, Roman Bohnen (as "Philip Anagnos"), Harry Bratsburg, Grover Burgess (as "Judge"), Lee J. Cobb (as "Lammanawitz"), ... See more »

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Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Trivia:

He was a victim of the Hollywood blacklist during the HUAC hearings. Although he had already been signed, 20th Century-Fox wanted to remove him from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Producer Julian Blaustein felt that Jaffe was so crucial for the role of the Albert Einstein-like Prof. Barnhardt that he appealed to studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck. Zanuck approved Jaffe for the role, but it was ... See more »

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His unruly hair See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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