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Nehemiah Persoff


Born in 1919 (some sources say 1920) in Jerusalem, Nehemiah Persoff immigrated with his family to America in 1929. Following schooling at the Hebrew Technical Institute of New York, he found a job as a subway electrician doing signal maintenance until an interest in the theater altered the direction of his life. He joined amateur groups and ... See full bio »
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 1999 4 Faces
 1996 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Grandfather
- Nostalgia (1996) ... Grandfather
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Rabbi Ben Taubler
- Heartbreak (1995) ... Rabbi Ben Taubler
 1993 Law & Order (TV Series)
David Steinmetz
- Night & Fog (1993) ... David Steinmetz
 1993 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
Klaus Reichel
- Legacy (1993) ... Klaus Reichel
 1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series)
Max Wernick
- Thanks for the Memories (1992) ... Max Wernick
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Constantin Stavros
- The Great Twain Robbery (1990) ... Constantin Stavros
 1990 Hunter (TV Series)
Harold Goodman
- Oh, the Shark Bites! (1990) ... Harold Goodman
 1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Toff
- The Most Toys (1990) ... Toff
 1990 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Rabbi Isadore Glickman
- The Pay's Lousy, But the Tips Are Great (1990) ... Rabbi Isadore Glickman
 1989 MacGyver (TV Series)
Sam Bolinski
- The Ten Percent Solution (1989) ... Sam Bolinski
 1988 Twins
Mitchell Traven
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Marcus Hoff
- The Big Knife (1988) ... Marcus Hoff
 1987 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
Patul
- Incident at Sam September (1987) ... Patul
 1987 Adderly (TV Series)
- Eye in the Sky (1987)
 1986 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Deputy Premier Karpovich
- Summit (1986) ... Deputy Premier Karpovich
 1986 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Sam
- Concentration (1986) ... Sam
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Nicholas Petrovsky
- Passports (1985) ... Nicholas Petrovsky
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Brobich
- Dead Ringer (1984) ... Brobich
 1983 Yentl
Reb Mendel 'Papa'
 1983 Sadat (TV Movie)
Leonid Brezhnev
 1983 This Is the Life (TV Series)
 1982 O'Hara's Wife
Doctor Fischer
 1981 St. Helens
Mr. Ellison
 1978-1981 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Yacov Berger / Carl Simms
- Riot (1981) ... Yacov Berger
- Middle Age (1979) ... Yacov Berger
- The Ghost (1978) ... Carl Simms
 1980 Condominium (TV Movie)
Conlaw
 1980 Turnover Smith (TV Movie)
Ashmed Amad
 1980 The Henderson Monster (TV Movie)
Prof. Leo Tedeschi
 1980 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Lukash
- Guardian Angel (1980) ... Lukash
 1978-1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Andreas / Horst Von Stern
- Charlie's Cherubs/Stalag 3 (1978) ... Horst Von Stern
 1980 B.A.D. Cats (TV Series)
- Pilot (1980)
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Col. Schreiner
 1979 Police Story: A Cry for Justice (TV Movie)
Dr. Burke
 1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)
Baron Von Steuben
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Max
 1979 Delta House (TV Series)
Mayor DiPasto
 1968-1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Allie Francis / Victor Palua / Cordell / ...
- Number One with a Bullet: Part 2 (1979) ... Allie Francis
- Number One with a Bullet: Part 1 (1978) ... Allie Francis
- Dealer's Choice... Blackmail (1977) ... Victor Palua
- Hit Gun for Sale (1975) ... Cordell
- Charter for Death (1973) ... Leo Paoli
 1978 A Double Life (TV Movie)
Carlos
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Vladimir
- Defection to Paradise: Part 2 (1978) ... Vladimir
- Defection to Paradise: Part 1 (1978) ... Vladimir
 1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
Malimar
- Daniel in the Lions' Den (1978) ... Malimar
 1978 The Word (TV Mini-Series)
Abbot Petropolous
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
The Sheik
- Lady Ice (1978) ... The Sheik
 1978 Sword of Justice (TV Series)
Carlos
- A Double Life (1978) ... Carlos
 1978 Killing Stone (TV Movie)
Earl Stone
 1978 High Hopes (TV Series)
Dr. Aaron Herzog
 1978 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Dr. Philip Jennings
- Out of Body (1978) ... Dr. Philip Jennings
 1978 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Mr. Olaf Lundstrom
- The Stranger (1978) ... Mr. Olaf Lundstrom
 1978 Logan's Run (TV Series)
Asa
- Turnabout (1978) ... Asa
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Como
- Death Game (1977) ... Como
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Anton Metzger
- Angels in the Wings (1977) ... Anton Metzger
 1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Matt Dorsey
 1977 Deadly Harvest
Mort Logan
 1977 Hunter (TV Series)
Sheik Farakbi
- The Hit (1977) ... Sheik Farakbi
 1977 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
- Chapter XX (1977)
 1973-1977 McCloud (TV Series)
Tereshkoff / Perry Cicero
- The Moscow Connection (1977) ... Tereshkoff
- The Million Dollar Round Up (1973) ... Perry Cicero
 1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Professor Moreno
- Formula 407 (1977) ... Professor Moreno
 1977 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Major Popov
- Death Probe: Part 2 (1977) ... Major Popov
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Mr. Hauser
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
Vittorio Luzianno
- Soldier in the Jungle (1976) ... Vittorio Luzianno
 1976 Columbo (TV Series)
Jesse Jerome
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Dr. Mustafa Haddid
- The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse (1975) ... Dr. Mustafa Haddid
 1975 Psychic Killer
Dr. Gubner
 1975 Eric (TV Movie)
Dr. Duchesnes
 1975 The Invisible Man (TV Series)
Dr. Leon Barnard
- Barnard Wants Out (1975) ... Dr. Leon Barnard
 1969-1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Nat Bader / Nick Kolinski / Max
- Tomorrow May Never Come (1975) ... Nat Bader
- Who Are You Arthur Kolinski? (1973) ... Nick Kolinski
- Homecoming (1969) ... Max
 1965-1975 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Alejo Etchahoun / Ben Rando / Tim Driscoll / ...
- Manolo (1975) ... Alejo Etchahoun
- Like Old Times (1974) ... Ben Rando
- The Mark of Cain (1969) ... Tim Driscoll
- Blood Money/II (1968) ... Alex Skouras
- The Pretender (1965) ... Mr. Dano
 1974 The Stranger Within (TV Movie)
Dr. Edward Klein
 1974 The Sex Symbol (TV Movie)
Nick Fortis
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Fabrizzio
- The Hunters (1974) ... Fabrizzio
 1974 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Clementa Habib
- The Man Without a Face (1974) ... Clementa Habib
 1973 Dracula (TV Movie)
Dr. Van Helsing
 1970-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Carl Colbert (segment "Love and the Generation Gasp") / Mr. Stone (segment "Love and the Gangster")
- Love and the Awkward Age/Love and the Generation Gasp/Love and the Spendthrift (1973) ... Carl Colbert (segment "Love and the Generation Gasp")
- Love and the Boss's Ex/Love and Mr. Nice Guy/Love and the Gangster (1970) ... Mr. Stone (segment "Love and the Gangster")
 1973 Search (TV Series)
Emmett Brugman
- The 24 Carat Hit (1973) ... Emmett Brugman
 1970-1973 Insight (TV Series)
Bishop Palmera / Gennaro
- Eye of the Camel (1973) ... Bishop Palmera
- A Woman of Principle (1970) ... Gennaro
 1972 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
'Papa' Kampacalas
- Bitter Wine (1972) ... 'Papa' Kampacalas
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
Wojeska
- A Puzzle for One (1972) ... Wojeska
 1972 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Angelo Covelli
- The Vendetta (1972) ... Angelo Covelli
 1972 Cool Million (TV Series)
Karinakis
- Assault on Gavaloni (1972) ... Karinakis
 1969-1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Nick Master / Sgt. Mac George / Janos Kovacs
- Corbey (1972) ... Nick Master
- Is That Justice? No, It's the Law (1971) ... Sgt. Mac George
- The Debt (1969) ... Janos Kovacs
 1972 Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV Movie)
Champagne Joe Carroll
 1972 Lapin 360
 1972 Michael O'Hara the Fourth (TV Movie)
Artie Moreno
 1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears (TV Series)
Morris
- A Horse of Another Color (1971) ... Morris
 1971 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Warren
- Kiss and Kill ... Warren
 1971 Red Sky at Morning
Amadeo Montoya
 1971 Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
Berisha
 1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Homero José
- Fiesta (1970) ... Homero José
 1970 Dan August (TV Series)
Cussoni
- The Color of Fury (1970) ... Cussoni
 1970 The People Next Door
Dr. Salazar
 1970 Cutter's Trail (TV Movie)
Santillo
 1969 Land of the Giants (TV Series)
Titus
- Land of the Lost (1969) ... Titus
 1969 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mr. Byron
- The Killer Instinct (1969) ... Mr. Byron
 1969 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Alonzo Baldazon
- A Convent Full of Miracles (1969) ... Alonzo Baldazon
 1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Lieutenant Miles Crawford
 1966-1969 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Igor Stravos / Phillipe Pereda / Prince Iben Kostas
- Fool's Gold (1969) ... Igor Stravos
- The Vault (1969) ... Phillipe Pereda
- Odds on Evil (1966) ... Prince Iben Kostas
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Harry Lavender
- The Great Chess Gambit (1969) ... Harry Lavender
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Ambassador
- The Revolutionary (1968) ... Ambassador
 1968 Escape to Mindanao (TV Movie)
Capt. Kramer
 1968 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Salazar
- The People Next Door (1968) ... Dr. Salazar
 1968 Panic in the City
August Best
 1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Chembe Kunji
- Trina (1968) ... Chembe Kunji
 1968 The Power
Prof. Carl Melnicker
 1968 Mafia
Pizzuco
 1965-1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Major Hazard / Adam Barclay / Gen. Andreas Cassinello
- The Night of the Underground Terror (1968) ... Major Hazard
- The Night of the Deadly Blossom (1967) ... Adam Barclay
- The Night of the Inferno (1965) ... Gen. Andreas Cassinello
 1967 Maya (TV Series)
Lansing
- Deadly Passage (1967) ... Lansing
 1967 The Money Jungle
Lt. Dow Reeves
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Lew Beckman
- The Zero Man (1967) ... Lew Beckman
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
El Primero
- Hell Cats (1967) ... El Primero
 1966-1967 I Spy (TV Series)
Roop / Coly Collisi
- The Honorable Assassins (1967) ... Roop
- Rome... Take Away Three (1966) ... Coly Collisi
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Valandros
- The Master's Touch Affair (1967) ... Valandros
 1967 Too Many Thieves
Georgi
 1966 The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones (TV Movie)
Skoda
 1966 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Prof. Anton Biraki
- Secret Weapon (1966) ... Prof. Anton Biraki
 1966 Jericho (TV Series)
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
General Vicente Ruiz
- Legend of a General: Part 2 (1966) ... General Vicente Ruiz
- Legend of a General: Part 1 (1966) ... General Vicente Ruiz
 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Georgi
- The Greatest Game: Part 2 (1966) ... Georgi
- The Greatest Game: Part 1 (1966) ... Georgi
 1966 Honey West (TV Series)
Faustini - Bogus Mystic
- Like Visions and Omens... and All That Jazz (1966) ... Faustini - Bogus Mystic
 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Dobbs
- Deadly Creature Below! (1966) ... Dobbs
 1966 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
El Carnicero
- The Empty Town (1966) ... El Carnicero
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Father Rodriguez
- The Bell (1965) ... Father Rodriguez
 1965 Convoy (TV Series)
Dimitri Federenko
- Katya (1965) ... Dimitri Federenko
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Don Ferando
 1965 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Rodriguez
- The Little Dictator (1965) ... Rodriguez
 1964-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Albert Indigo, 'Mr. I' / Wilhelm Kasimer / Jason Flonder
- Steam Heat (1965) ... Albert Indigo, 'Mr. I'
- Who Killed the Grand Piano? (1965) ... Wilhelm Kasimer
- Who Killed Cassandra Cass? (1964) ... Jason Flonder
 1965 Seaway (TV Series)
Montagna
- Last Voyage (1965) ... Montagna
 1964-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Alverian / Martin Vesper
- The Game (1965) ... Alverian
- Echo of Evil (1964) ... Martin Vesper
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Stephen Wiseman
- Act of Violence: Part 2 (1965) ... Stephen Wiseman
 1965 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Henry Selkirk
- Enter a Strange Animal (1965) ... Henry Selkirk
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Ben Sawyer
 1963-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Michob / Domingo
- Incident of the Wanderer (1964) ... Michob
- Incident of White Eyes (1963) ... Domingo
 1964 A Global Affair
Under Secretary Segura
 1959-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Buberone / Berco / Dominic Venussi / ...
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Buberone
- The Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street (1961) ... Dominic Venussi
- Make-Believe Man (1961) ... Carlos Ruldan
- Down the Long Night (1960) ... Max Evar
 1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Vernon Hill
- Image of a Toad (1963) ... Vernon Hill
 1963 The Hook
Capt. Van Ryn
 1959-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik / Mr. Jaeger / Waxey Gordon / ...
- The Stryker Brothers (1962) ... Mr. Jaeger
- The Waxey Gordon Story (1960) ... Waxey Gordon
- Head of Fire: Feet of Clay (1960) ... Johnny Fortunato
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Paco Durando
- The Daring Durandos (1962) ... Paco Durando
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
Louis Morley
- How Proud the Guilty (1962) ... Louis Morley
 1962 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Frank Goby
- Diamond in the Rough (1962) ... Frank Goby
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
El Valiente
- Death in a Village (1962) ... El Valiente
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Dr. Emil Kroger
- The Glass Jungle (1961) ... Dr. Emil Kroger
 1961 The Comancheros
Graile
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Jack / Vladamir Dvorovoi
- First-Class Mouliak (1961) ... Jack
- Incident on a Bridge (1961) ... Vladamir Dvorovoi
 1961 The Big Show
Bruno Everard
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Tiburcio Mendez
- The Tiburcio Mendez Story (1961) ... Tiburcio Mendez
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Lt. Jim Wagner
- The Fingers of Fear (1961) ... Lt. Jim Wagner
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Charles Becker
- Charles Becker (1960) ... Charles Becker
 1960 Moment of Fear (TV Series)
- The Accomplice (1960)
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Prior Andry
- The Young Juggler (1960) ... Prior Andry
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Pablo / Prisoner's Father / Benito Mussolini / ...
- The Cruel Day (1960) ... Prisoner's Father
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 (1959) ... Pablo
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959) ... Pablo
- The Death of Manolete (1957) ... Carras
 1957-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jeff Jensen / Ralph Collins
- The Cure (1960) ... Jeff Jensen
- Heart of Gold (1957) ... Ralph Collins
 1959 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Carl Lanser
- Judgment Night (1959) ... Carl Lanser
 1959 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
El Presidente
- The Magnificent Bribe (1959) ... El Presidente
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
Hildalgo
- The Moment of Truth (1959) ... Hildalgo
 1959 Clash by Night (TV Movie)
Jerry Wilenski
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Dan, Starret's Foreman
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Sandor Varnezki
- The Third Medaillon (1959) ... Sandor Varnezki
 1959 Green Mansions
Don Panta
 1958 The Badlanders
Vincente (The Powder Monkey)
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Jules Dreise
- Curfew at Midnight (1958) ... Jules Dreise
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Lieutenant Cal Nourse
- On the Take (1958) ... Lieutenant Cal Nourse
 1955-1958 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Ralph Tugwell / Russian diplomat / Dr. Arnault / ...
- Never Know the End (1958) ... Ralph Tugwell
- Hunted (1956) ... Russian diplomat
- Sideshow (1956)
- The Thief (1955) ... Dr. Arnault / Oliver
 1957 This Angry Age
Albert
 1956-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Arnothy
- Man in a Trance (1957)
- I Am Fifteen and Don't Want to Die (1956) ... Mr. Arnothy
- Anna Santonello (1956)
 1957 Street of Sinners
Leon
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Willie Hauptmann
- The Littlest Little Leaguer (1957) ... Willie Hauptmann
 1957 Men in War
Sfc. Nate Lewis
 1955-1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Strup
- Mayerling (1957)
- Darkness at Noon (1955)
- Reunion in Vienna (1955) ... Strup
 1956 The Wild Party
Kicks Johnson
 1954-1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
The Man / Jeff Gardell
- H.R. 8438: The Story of a Lost Boy (1956) ... The Man
- The Contender (1954) ... Jeff Gardell
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Adam
- Adam and Evening (1956) ... Adam
 1953-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Ed Kagan / Well-Dressed Man / The Critic
- The Ghost Writer (1955) ... Ed Kagan
- The Assassin (1955)
- The Big Deal (1953) ... Well-Dressed Man
- Marty (1953) ... The Critic
 1954 On the Waterfront
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Capt. de Sandoval
- The Conquest of Mexico (1519) (1953) ... Capt. de Sandoval
 1949 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- Here Comes Spring (1949) ... (as Nick Pursoff)
 1948 The Naked City
Smiling Man Departing Subway (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Peer Gynt (Revival). ANTA Playhouse: 28 Jan 1951- 24 Feb 1951 (32 performances). Cast: Joseph Anthony (as "Solveig's Father/Monsieur Ballon/Dr. Begriffenfeldt"), Aviva (as "A Singer"), Lisa Baker (as "Mads Mother/Kari/Ensemble'), Edward Binns' (as "Mads Father/Herr Von Eberkopf/Ensemble"), Patricia Birsh (as "Anitra's Attendant... See more »

Alternate Names:

Nick Pursoff

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Despite the fact that I've been an actor for more than 50 years, I'd never really looked at nature. But now [since painting] I see the light dancing on the trees, the light of the water and the rocks. Everything in life has taken on a completely different look. See more »

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Living in California and creating artwork See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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