Sam Jaffe


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Birth Name: Sam Jaffe
Born: 03/08/1891
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Died: 03/24/1984

Stage actor with wildly staring eyes and a fascinating whispery voice who made a brilliantly memorable Hollywood debut as the crazed Peter in Josef von Sternberg's unique biopic of Catherine the Great, "The Scarlet Empress" (1934), starring Marlene Dietrich. Jaffe subsequently divided his time among theater and (primarily as a character player) film and TV; he was especially memorable as one of the robbery gang in John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) for which he won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Baby boomers would recall the actor for his role as Dr. Zorba on the popular ABC medical drama "Ben Casey" (1961-66).

Popular Television:
1982 AFI Salute to John Huston
1982 American Film Institute Salute to John Huston
1979 Gideon's Trumpet
1979 Hallmark Hall of Fame (04/30/80)
1975 Oath: the Sad and Lonely Sundays
1973 Qb VII
1970 Sam Hill: Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster?
1970 Old Man Who Cried Wolf
1969 Night Gallery
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