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Sam Wanamaker (1919–1993)

Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952. In 1957, he was ... See full bio »


(age 74) in London, England, UK

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 1994 Wild Justice (TV Movie)
Kingston Parker
 1993 Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (TV Movie)
Gerald Woodman
 1993 Killer Rules (TV Movie)
 1992 City of Joy (uncredited)
 1991 Pure Luck
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion
Felix Graff
 1990 Always Remember I Love You (TV Movie)
Grandfather Mendham
 1990 Running Against Time (TV Movie)
Hendryk Koopman, Ph.D.
 1989 The Shell Seekers (TV Movie)
 1988 Cognac
Ambassador Morley
 1988 Judgement in Berlin
Bernard Hellring
 1987 Sadie and Son (TV Movie)
Marty Goldstein
 1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Movie)
District Attorney
 1986 Raw Deal
Luigi Patrovita
 1985 Deceptions (TV Movie)
Jim Nolan
 1985 Embassy (TV Movie)
Ambassador Arthur Ingram
 1985 The Aviator
Bruno Hansen
 1984 Heartsounds (TV Movie)
Moe Silverman
 1984 Irreconcilable Differences
David Kessler
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
E.I. Lonoff
- The Ghost Writer (1984) ... E.I. Lonoff
 1984 The Ferret (TV Movie)
The President
 1982 I Was a Mail Order Bride (TV Movie)
Frank Tosconi
 1981 Our Family Business (TV Movie)
 1981 Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (TV Mini-Series)
Bernard Baruch
- Down and Out (1981) ... Bernard Baruch
 1980 The Competition
Andrew Erskine
 1980 Private Benjamin
Teddy Benjamin
 1979 A Deadly Game (TV Movie)
 1979 From Hell to Victory
Ray MacDonald
 1979 Return of the Saint (TV Series)
- Dragonseed (1979) ... Domenico
 1978 The Billion Dollar Bubble
Stanley Goldblum
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini-Series)
Moses Weiss
- Part 4 (1978) ... Moses Weiss
- Part 3 (1978) ... Moses Weiss
- Part 2 (1978) ... Moses Weiss
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
- Rafferty (1977) ... Hollander
 1977 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- Blind Love (1977) ... Armitage
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Carl Rosen
 1976 The Sell-Out
Harry Sickles
 1975 The Spiral Staircase
Lt. Fields
 1974 The Law (TV Movie)
Jules Benson
 1974 Mousey (TV Movie)
 1971 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Solomon Ithimar, PhD
- A Wen (1971) ... Solomon Ithimar, PhD
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Shelly Gould
- The Gates of Cerberus (1968) ... Shelly Gould
 1967 Danger Route
 1967 The Baron (TV Series)
Sefton Folkard
- You Can't Win Them All (1967) ... Sefton Folkard
 1967 Warning Shot
Frank Sanderman
 1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Asa Longworth
- Parson Comes to Town (1966) ... Asa Longworth
 1965 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Dr. Arcularis
- The Night of the Howling Light (1965) ... Dr. Arcularis
 1961-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
United States Attorney Brooker / Edward Banter / James Henry David / ...
- A Taste of Ashes (1964) ... United States Attorney Brooker
- Hollow Triumph (1964) ... Edward Banter
- A Book for Burning (1963) ... James Henry David
- The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms (1961) ... Dr. Ralph Ames
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
- The Rainbow Man (1964) ... Maxie
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Dr. Simon Holm
- A Feasibility Study (1964) ... Dr. Simon Holm
 1964 The Winston Affair
Maj. Leon Kaufman
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Colonel Sprague
- Festival of Pawns (1963) ... Colonel Sprague
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
B.F. Halliran
- Take the Plunge (1963) ... B.F. Halliran
 1963 Man of the World (TV Series)
- The Bandit (1963) ... Nicola
 1956-1963 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Engel / Matty / Copeland
- The Paradise Suite (1963) ... Frank Engel
- Cold Fury (1960) ... Matty
- Flash Point (1956) ... Copeland
 1962 Taras Bulba
 1962 Winter Journey (TV Movie)
Bernie Dodd, stage director
 1960 Danger Man (TV Series)
Patrick Laurence
- The Lonely Chair (1960) ... Patrick Laurence
 1960 Concrete Jungle
Mike Carter
 1960 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
- The Big Wheel (1960)
 1960 The Battle of the Sexes
Commentary spoken by (voice)
 1955-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Ernie Pandish / Pepe
- The Velvet Alley (1959) ... Ernie Pandish
- The Legend of Pepito (1955) ... Pepe
 1959 Clash by Night (TV Movie)
Earl Pfeiffer
 1959 Habatales (TV Series)
- I Wanna Mink (1959) ... Narrator (voice)
 1955 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
- The Door (1955) ... Denis
 1955 The Secret
Nick Delaney
 1951 Mr. Denning Drives North
Chick Eddowes
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 My Girl Tisa
Mark Denek
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Stage: Directed the original Broadway production of Henry Denker's "A Case of Libel". See more »


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1994: He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award: Society of London Theatre's Special Award for Lifetime Achievement (1993 season). See more »

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