Jaffe, Sam, 1891-1984

Alternative names
birth 1891‑03‑10
death 1984‑03‑24
WorldCat, VIAF, LC, NLA, nypl, lc
United States

Biographical notes:


From the description of Sam Jaffe papers, 1915-1991 (bulk 1925-1984). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984741

Biographical Note

Born Shalom Jaffe, New York, N.Y.
Graduated College of the City of New York, New York, N.Y.
Head of mathematics department, Bronx Cultural Institute, New York, N.Y.
Joined Washington Square Players
Toured with Washington Square Players
Served in United States Army
Broadway debut as Leibush in The Idle Inn, New York, N.Y.
Played Yudelson in The Jazz Singer, New York, N.Y.
Married Lillian Taiz (died 1941)
Played Kringelein in Grand Hotel, New York, N.Y.
Film debut as Grand Duke Peter in The Scarlet Empress
Played The Adversary in The Eternal Road, New York, N.Y.
Appeared as High Lama in film Lost Horizon
Appeared in title role in film Gunga Din
Founded Equity Library Theatre
Appeared as Professor Fred Lieberman in film Gentleman’s Agreement
Appeared as Doc Erwin Riedenschneider in film The Asphalt Jungle, received Academy Award nomination for his performance
Appeared as Professor Jacob Barnhardt in film The Day the Earth Stood Still
Married Bettye Ackerman
Appeared as Simonides in film Ben-Hur
Appeared as Dr. Zorba on television series “Ben Casey”
Appeared as Bookman in film Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Final Broadway performance as Tarun Maharaj in A Meeting by the River, New York, N.Y.
Appeared as Father Knickerbocker in film Nothing Lasts Forever
Died, Beverly Hills, Calif.

From the guide to the Sam Jaffe Papers, 1915-1991, (bulk 1925-1984), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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