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Abraham Sofaer (1896–1988)


Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut as a walk-on in William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" in 1921. He made his first London... See full bio »

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 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Elderly Rakshasa Hunter
- Horror in the Heights (1974) ... Elderly Rakshasa Hunter
 1974 The Magician (TV Series)
Hassid
- The Illusion of Black Gold (1974) ... Hassid
 1972 Assignment Vienna (TV Series)
- Annalisa (1972)
 1972 Search (TV Series)
General Lokarno
- Operation Iceman (1972) ... General Lokarno
 1970 Chisum
Chief White Buffalo
 1969 Justine
Proprietor
 1969 Che!
Pablo Rojas
 1968 Head
Swami
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Maharishi Rahbu
- I, the People (1968) ... Maharishi Rahbu
 1966-1968 Star Trek (TV Series)
Melkotian / The Thasian
- Spectre of the Gun (1968) ... Melkotian (voice)
- Charlie X (1966) ... The Thasian
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Commancho, Trinidad's Father
- Follow Your Heart (1968) ... Commancho, Trinidad's Father
 1967-1968 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Haji
- Divorce, Genie Style (1968) ... Haji
- There Goes the Bride (1967) ... Haji
 1968 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Sobram
- The Flaming Planet (1968) ... Sobram
 1967 Journey to the Center of Time
Dr. 'Doc' Gordon
 1967 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Leander
- Let Him Die! (1967) ... Leander
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Commissioner
- The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2 (1967) ... Commissioner
- The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1 (1967) ... Commissioner
 1967 The Rat Patrol (TV Series)
Marabout
- The Holy War Raid (1967) ... Marabout
 1966-1967 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Father / Epeios
- The Walls of Jericho (1967) ... Father
- Revenge of the Gods (1966) ... Epeios
 1966 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Tomas de Cuarto
- Elena (1966) ... Tomas de Cuarto
 1966 Family Affair (TV Series)
Dr. Sakis
- Who's Afraid of Nural Shpeni? (1966) ... Dr. Sakis
 1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Tohpay
- The Dance of the Laughing Death (1966) ... Tohpay
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Omar
- The Prisoner of Zalamar Affair (1966) ... Omar
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Mr. Singh
- The Last Safari (1966) ... Mr. Singh
 1965-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Hill Doctor / Juano
- Wind Fever (1966) ... Hill Doctor
- Terror Island (1965) ... Juano
 1964-1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Grey Cloud / Tamend
- The Thanksgiving Story (1965) ... Grey Cloud
- Not in Our Stars (1964) ... Tamend
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mr. Gabhail Samoy
- The Brain-Killer Affair (1965) ... Mr. Gabhail Samoy
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Arch
- Demon with a Glass Hand (1964) ... Arch
 1959-1964 The Third Man (TV Series)
Puma Diau / General Marius
- Judas Coat (1964) ... Puma Diau
- Dark Island (1959) ... General Marius
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Chief Last Full Moon
- Last Full Moon (1964) ... Chief Last Full Moon
 1962-1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Shankara / Dr. MacFarlane
- Beyond the Sea of Death (1964) ... Dr. Shankara
- Don't Look Behind You (1962) ... Dr. MacFarlane
 1963 4 for Texas
Pulaski
 1963 Twice-Told Tales
Prof. Pietro Baglioni
 1963 Captain Sindbad
Galgo
 1958-1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Elihu Laban / Sylvester Robey / Dr. Daniel Maitland
- The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout (1963) ... Elihu Laban
- The Case of the Crying Cherub (1960) ... Sylvester Robey
- The Case of the Deadly Double (1958) ... Dr. Daniel Maitland
 1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
King
- Bloodline (1962) ... King
 1962 Taras Bulba
Abbot
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Shahzi Saund
- The Visitors (1962) ... Shahzi Saund
 1962 Hitler
Morris Kaplan
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Ling Twong
- The Contract (1962) ... Ling Twong
 1960-1962 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Harvey Easter / Jeremiah Leech
- The Do-Badder (1962) ... Harvey Easter
- Kitty's Killing (1960) ... Jeremiah Leech
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Hugo Gassler
- The Girl from the Brandenburg Gate (1961) ... Hugo Gassler
 1961 The Investigators (TV Series)
Gregory Walden
- Quite a Woman (1961) ... Gregory Walden
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Little Hawk
- The Lost Tribe (1961) ... Little Hawk
 1960-1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Nicolai / Gus Kostopulos
- The Weird Tailor (1961) ... Nicolai
- The Prediction (1960) ... Gus Kostopulos
 1960-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Father Balaton / Rabbi
- The Iron Silence (1961) ... Father Balaton
- The Other Wise Man (1960) ... Rabbi
 1961 The Asphalt Jungle (TV Series)
Pablo Manrique
- The McMasters Story (1961) ... Pablo Manrique
 1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Boris Petrov
- A Penny Saved (1961) ... Boris Petrov
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Papa Rambeau
- The Deadly Image (1961) ... Papa Rambeau
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Zingari
- The Gift (1961) ... Zingari
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Ulrich Klemm
- The Changing Heart (1961) ... Ulrich Klemm
 1959-1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Geoffrey Donne / Tamaui
- Incident in Suva (1960) ... Geoffrey Donne
- The Black Pearl (1959) ... Tamaui
 1960 Song Without End
Emissary in Rome (uncredited)
 1960 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Dr. Stillman
- The Mighty Casey (1960) ... Dr. Stillman
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Administrateur
- Shadow of the Blade (1960) ... Administrateur
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Mark Evans
- The Long Trail (1960) ... Mark Evans
 1960 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
Commissioner Arturo Mendes
- Counterfeit (1960) ... Commissioner Arturo Mendes
 1960 Wichita Town (TV Series)
Tomasino
- Brothers of the Knife (1960) ... Tomasino
 1960 Troubleshooters (TV Series)
Jeremiah Woodruff
- The Mountain That Moved (1960) ... Jeremiah Woodruff
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Alou
- Mission (1959) ... Alou
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
M. Halvey
- Six Superior Skirts (1959) ... M. Halvey
 1958-1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Antonio DeVargo / Bull Man
- The Stagecoach Story (1959) ... Antonio DeVargo
- The Bije Wilcox Story (1958) ... Bull Man
 1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Mr. Constantine
- Crown of Silla (1959) ... Mr. Constantine
 1959 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
U.N. Diplomat
- Formula for Happiness (1959) ... U.N. Diplomat
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
 1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Indian Chief
- The Rainmaker (1959) ... Indian Chief
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Dr. Krishna
- Millionaire John Rackham (1959) ... Dr. Krishna
 1958 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Fadhil
- The Middle East Story (1958) ... Fadhil
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Professor Asbury
- The Carstadt Man (1958) ... Professor Asbury
 1957 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Chief Cah-la-te
- The Hanging Cross (1957) ... Chief Cah-la-te
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Paul
- The Alligator (1957) ... Paul
 1957 The Sad Sack
Hassim
 1957 The Story of Mankind
Indian Chief
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Felix / Professor
- The Last Act (1957) ... Felix
- Paris Calling (1957) ... Professor
 1957 Omar Khayyam
Tutush
 1956-1957 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (TV Series)
Chief Inspector
- The Glass Necklace (1957) ... Chief Inspector
 1956 The First Texan
Don Carlos - magistrate
 1956 Bhowani Junction
Surabhai
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Jose Hernandez
- Yacht on the High Sea (1956) ... Jose Hernandez
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Indian Chief
- The Collar (1955) ... Indian Chief
 1955 Out of the Clouds
The Indian
 1954 Elephant Walk
Appuhamy
 1954 His Majesty O'Keefe
Fatumak, Medicine Man
 1952 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Jemadar Moti Ram Sahib
- Lines of Communication (1952) ... Jemadar Moti Ram Sahib
 1952 Music at Night (TV Movie)
Nicholas Lengel
 1952 Judgment Deferred
Chancellor
 1951 Quo Vadis
Paul
 1950 Cairo Road
Commandant
 1949 The Squeaker (TV Movie)
 1949 The Queen of Spades (TV Movie)
Tchekalinsky
 1948 Dual Alibi
French Judge
 1948 Calling Paul Temple
Dr. Kohima
 1947 The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie)
Shylock
 1946 Stairway to Heaven
The Judge
 1941 Crook's Tour
Ali
 1941 The Prime Minister
Turkish ambassador (uncredited)
 1941 A Voice in the Night
Heini
 1939 The Great Adventure (TV Movie)
Ebag
 1939 The Deacon and the Jewess (TV Movie)
Benedict the Pointer, Jew of Oxford
 1939 Cæsar's Friend (TV Movie)
Annas
 1939 The Switchback (TV Movie)
 1936 Rembrandt
Dr. Menasseh
 1936 Things to Come
The Jew (uncredited)
 1934 The Private Life of Don Juan
Street Bookseller (uncredited)
 1934 Nell Gwyn (uncredited)
 1934 Oh No Doctor!
Skelton
 1934 The Admiral's Secret
Don Pablo y Gonzales
 1933 Ask Beccles
Baki
 1933 High Finance
Myers
 1933 Little Miss Nobody
Mr. Beal
 1933/I The Wandering Jew
Zapportas
 1933 Trouble
Ali
 1933 Fate
Holy Man
 1933 Long Live the King (Short)
Alexis
 1932 The Flag Lieutenant
Meheti Salos
 1932 The Flying Squad
Li Yoseph
 1932 Insult
Ali Ben Achmed
 1931 Stamboul
Mahmed Pasha
 1931 The House Opposite
Fahmy
 1931 The Dreyfus Case
Dubois
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(1934-35) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Maurice Evans, Mary Newcombe, Cecil Trouncer, Alec Clunes, Alan Webb and Leo Genn in the cast. Henry Cass was director. See more »

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Trivia:

Great uncle of Jaek Sofaer. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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