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Ian Wolfe Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 November 1896Canton, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 23 January 1992Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (1990) (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled away steadily in Hollywood for the next several decades, working as a supporting player in literally hundreds of film and TV productions well into his 90s. Though capable of a wide range of parts, Wolfe's gentle, patrician manner found him most often cast as a butler, a minister or a kindly doctor. He finally gained his greatest fame at the age of 85, effortlessly stealing scenes as Mama Carlson's doddering yet feisty butler "Hirsch" in several episodes of the MTM sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rudyard Kennedy

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Schroder (1924 - 23 January 1992) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Poetry book: "Forty-Four Scribbles & A Prayer: Lyrics & Ballads".
Served as a volunteer Medical Sergeant during World War I.
Poetry book: "Sixty Ballads & Lyrics in Search of Music".
His daughters names are Moya and Deirdre.
Self-published a book titled, Lyrics & Ballads, in 1988.
He was a volunteer medical specialist in World War I.

Personal Quotes (2)

"Mostly, they know the face, but they don't know the name. Some people are funny. Some are nice. They don't try to take up your time. They say, 'I see you a lot and I sure enjoy you' and they're gone. It's my voice, too, that people recognize. I had no idea that my voice is distinctive in any way. But people will say, 'I knew you by your voice' ." (on being recognized in public)
My face in repose is either very sad or menacing.

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