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Nehemiah Persoff

Mostly Credited As: Nehemiah Persoff
Date Of Birth: August 02, 1919 (Age 95)
Country Of Birth: Israel
Birth Place: Jerusalem, Palestine (now Israel)
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Nehemiah Persoff


Short, stocky character actor who specialized in playing ethnic roles both villainous and sympathetic. Immigrated to New York from Israel with his family at a young age and got into acting after working as an electrician on the New York subway system and a stint in the military during World War II. Most famous television role was mobster Jake Guzik on The Untouchables.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Word (US) (1978)As: Abbot Petropolous
Episode Cast Credits 

Chicago Hope (1994) 
  Heartbreak 01x09: (Jan/01/1995) As Rabbi Ben Taubler 

Law & Order (1990) 
  Night and Fog 03x13: (Feb/03/1993) As David Steinmetz 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  Oh, the Shark Bites! 07x07: (Nov/07/1990) As Harold Goodman 

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) 
  The Most Toys 03x22: (May/07/1990) As Palor Toff 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  The Pay's Lousy, But the Tips Are Great 04x10: (Jan/18/1990) As Rabbi Isidore Glickman 

MacGyver (1985) 
  The Ten Percent Solution 05x09: (Nov/20/1989) As Sam Bolinski 

J.J. Starbuck (1987) 
  Incident at Sam September 01x05: (Nov/10/1987) As Batulik 

Highway to Heaven (1984) 
  Summit 02x20: (Mar/05/1986) As Deputy Premier Karpovich 

The Facts of Life (1979) 
  Concentration 07x18: (Feb/08/1986) As Sam 

Hotel (1983) 
  Passports 02x27: (Aug/14/1985) As Nicholas Petrovsky 

Magnum, P.I. (1980) 
  Torah, Torah, Torah 05x21: (Mar/28/1985) As Rabbi Asher Solomon 

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) 
  Dead Ringer 01x14: (Feb/06/1984) As Brobich 

Barney Miller (1975) 
  Riot 07x19: (Apr/30/1981) As Burger 
  Middle Age 05x18: (Feb/01/1979) As Burger 
  The Ghost 04x13: (Jan/12/1978) As Carl Simms 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Aphrodite/Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde 03x18: (Feb/02/1980) As Andreas 
  Charlie's Cherubs/Stalag 3 02x12: (Dec/09/1978) As Horst Von Stern 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  A Cry for Justice 05x08: (May/23/1979) As Dr. Burke 
  Big John Morrison 01x17: (Feb/26/1974) As Fabrizzio 

Battlestar Galactica (1978) (1978) 
  Experiment in Terra 01x22: (Mar/18/1979) As Commander 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Number One with a Bullet (2) 11x13: (Jan/04/1979) As Allie Francis 
  Number One with a Bullet (1) 11x12: (Dec/28/1978) As Allie Francis 
  Dealer's Choice -- Blackmail 09x17: (Feb/03/1977) As Victor Palua 
  Hit Gun for Sale 07x21: (Feb/25/1975) As Cordell 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  Defection to Paradise (2) 03x08: (Nov/26/1978) As Unknown 
  Defection to Paradise (1) 03x07: (Nov/19/1978) As Unknown 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Lady Ice 01x06: (Nov/01/1978) As The Sheik 

Sword of Justice (1978) 
  A Double Life (Sep/10/1978) As Carlos 

The Bionic Woman (1976) 
  Out of Body 03x19: (Mar/04/1978) As Dr. Philip Jennings 

Little House on the Prairie (1974) (1974) 
  The Stranger 04x19: (Feb/01/1978) As Mr. Lundstrom 

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  Angels in the Wings 02x12: (Nov/23/1977) As Anton 

Quincy, M.E. (1976) 
  A Blow to the Head ... a Blow to the Heart 03x02: (Sep/23/1977) As Matt Dorsey 

Hunter (1977) (1977) 
  The Hit 01x04: (Mar/11/1977) As Sheik Farakbi 

Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976) 
  Chapter 20 01x20: (Mar/01/1977) As Albert Dietrich /Ernst Detner 

McCloud (1970) 
  The Moscow Connection 07x04: (Jan/23/1977) As Tereshkoff 
  The Million Dollar Round Up 03x05: (Feb/04/1973) As Perry Cicero 

Wonder Woman (1976) 
  Formula 407 01x12: (Jan/22/1977) As Professor Moreno 

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) 
  Death Probe (2) 04x15: (Jan/16/1977) As Major Popov 
  Death Probe (1) 04x14: (Jan/09/1977) As Major Popov 

Baretta (1975) 
  Soldier in the Jungle 03x02: (Sep/29/1976) As Vittorio Luzianno 

Columbo (1971) 
  Now You See Him 05x05: (Feb/29/1976) As Jesse T. Jerome 

Ellery Queen (1975) 
  The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse 01x10: (Dec/11/1975) As Mustafa Haddid 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Eric 25x02: (Nov/10/1975) As Dr. Duchesne 

The Invisible Man (1975) (1975) 
  Barnard Wants Out 01x06: (Oct/06/1975) As Leon Barnard 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Manolo 20x23: (Mar/17/1975) As Alejo Etchahoun 
  Like Old Times 19x16: (Jan/21/1974) As Ben Rando 
  The Mark of Cain 14x19: (Feb/03/1969) As Tim Driscoll 
  Blood Money 13x19: (Jan/22/1968) As Alex Skouras 

Search (1972) 
  The Twenty-Four Carat Hit 01x14: (Jan/24/1973) As Emmett Brugman 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  Bitter Wine 01x13: (Dec/23/1972) As Unknown 

Mannix (1967) 
  A Puzzle for One 06x11: (Nov/26/1972) As Wojeska 

Adam-12 (1968) (1968) 
  Vendetta 05x09: (Nov/22/1972) As Angelo Covelli 

Cool Million (1972) 
  Assault on Gavaloni 01x02: (Nov/22/1972) As Karinakis 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Corbey 05x09: (Nov/02/1972) As Unknown 
  Is That Justice? No, It's Law 03x19: (Feb/16/1971) As Sgt. Harry MacGeorge 
  The Debt 02x14: (Dec/30/1969) As Janos Kovacs 

The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971) 
  A Horse of Another Color 01x06: (Oct/22/1971) As Morris 

The High Chaparral (1967) 
  Fiesta 04x10: (Nov/20/1970) As Homero Jose 

Land of the Giants (1968) 
  Land of the Lost 02x13: (Dec/14/1969) As Titus 

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  Homecoming 01x10: (Nov/25/1969) As Unknown 

The Bill Cosby Show (1969) 
  The Killer Instinct 01x08: (Nov/09/1969) As Mr. Byron 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  Fool's Gold 04x05: (Oct/26/1969) As Igor Stravos 
  The Vault 03x23: (Apr/06/1969) As Phillipe Pereda 
  Odds on Evil 01x06: (Oct/22/1966) As Prince Iben Kostas, [Special Guest Stars]

CBS Playhouse (1966) 
  The People Next Door 02x01: (Oct/15/1968) As Dr. Salazar 

Tarzan (1966) (1966) 
  Trina 02x26: (Apr/05/1968) As Chembe Kunja 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Underground Terror 03x19: (Jan/19/1968) As Hazard 
  The Night of the Deadly Blossom 02x25: (Mar/17/1967) As Adam Barclay 
  The Night of the Inferno 01x01: (Sep/17/1965) As General Cassinello 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  Rome ... Take Away Three 02x16: (Dec/28/1966) As Coly Collisis 

The Time Tunnel (1966) 
  Secret Weapon 01x11: (Nov/25/1966) As Professor Biracki 

Jericho (1966) (1966) 
  Upbeat and Underground 01x03: (Sep/29/1966) As Marchand 

The Big Valley (1965) 
  Legend of a General (2) 02x03: (Sep/26/1966) As General Vicente Ruiz 
  Legend of a General (1) 02x02: (Sep/19/1966) As General Vicente Ruiz 

Honey West (1965) 
  Like Visions and Omens and All That Jazz 01x21: (Feb/04/1966) As guest star 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  Deadly Creature Below! 02x16: (Jan/09/1966) As Dobbs 

The Legend of Jesse James (1965) 
  The Empty Town 01x16: (Jan/03/1966) As El Carnicero 

A Man Called Shenandoah (1965) 
  The Bell 01x14: (Dec/20/1965) As Father Rodriguez 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Run for Your Lives, Dr. Galanos Practices Here 05x04: (Oct/04/1965) As Don Fernando 

Gilligan's Island (1964) 
  The Little Dictator 02x03: (Sep/30/1965) As President Rodriguez 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Steam Heat 03x03: (Sep/29/1965) As Albert Indigo, 'Mr. I' 
  Who Killed the Grand Piano? 02x31: (Apr/28/1965) As Wilhelm Kasimer 
  Who Killed Cassandra Cass? 02x03: (Sep/30/1964) As Jason Flonder 

Seaway (1965) 
  Last Voyage 01x02: (Sep/23/1965) As Captain Carlo Montagna, [Special Guest Stars]

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  The Game 03x01: (Sep/15/1965) As Alverian 
  Echo of Evil 01x30: (Jun/05/1964) As Martin Vesper 

Mr. Novak (1963) 
  Enter a Strange Animal 02x16: (Jan/19/1965) As Henry Selkirk 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Incident of the Wanderer 06x21: (Feb/27/1964) As Michob 
  Incident of White Eyes 05x27: (May/03/1963) As Domingo 

Naked City (1958) 
  One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski 04x32: (May/15/1963) As Griffin 
  ...And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them... 03x27: (May/09/1962) As Berco Romano 
  A Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street 03x03: (Oct/11/1961) As Dominic Venussi 
  Make-Believe Man 02x27: (May/17/1961) As Carlos Roldan, [Special Guest Stars]

Sam Benedict (1962) 
  Image of a Toad 01x23: (Feb/23/1963) As Vernon Hill 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  Double Cross 04x12: (Dec/18/1962) As Jake Guzik, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Stryker Brothers 03x18: (Mar/08/1962) As Mr. Jaeger, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Seventh Vote 02x29: (May/18/1961) As Jake Guzik, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Waxey Gordon Story 02x04: (Nov/10/1960) As Waxey Gordon, [Special Guest Stars]

The New Breed (1961) 
  How Proud the Guilty 01x22: (Feb/27/1962) As Louis Morley 

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  The Glass Jungle 01x06: (Nov/05/1961) As Dr. Emil Kroger 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  First Class Mouliak 02x05: (Oct/20/1961) As Jack Kolodziejczak 
  Incident on a Bridge 01x30: (Jun/16/1961) As Divorovoi 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Tiburcio Mendez Story 04x26: (Mar/22/1961) As Tiburcio Mendez, [Special Guest Stars]

Thriller (US) (1960) 
  The Fingers of Fear 01x22: (Feb/21/1961) As Lt. Jim Wagner 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Cruel Day 04x11: (Feb/24/1960) As Father 
  The Killers of Mussolini 03x35: (Jun/04/1959) As Benito Mussolini 
  For Whom the Bell Tolls (Part Two) 03x24: (Mar/19/1959) As Pablo 
  For Whom the Bell Tolls (Part One) 03x23: (Mar/12/1959) As Pablo 

The Third Man (1959) 
  The Third Medallion 01x16: (Jan/29/1960) As Sandor Varnezki 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  The Cure 05x17: (Jan/24/1960) As Jeff Jensen 
  Heart of Gold 03x04: (Oct/27/1957) As Ralph Collins 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Judgment Night 01x10: (Dec/04/1959) As Carl Lanser, [Starring Roles]

Mr. Lucky (1959) 
  The Magnificent Bribe 01x01: (Oct/24/1959) As El Presidente, [Special Guest Stars]

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Curfew at Midnight 07x36: (Jun/27/1958) As Jules Dreise 

Climax! (1954) 
  On the Take 04x27: (Apr/03/1958) As Lt. Cal Nourse 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Man in a Trance 11x05: (Oct/23/1957) As guest star 
  I am Fifteen, and I Don't Want to Die 10x05: (Oct/17/1956) As Anthony 
  Anna Santonello 09x44: (Aug/08/1956) As guest star 

Playwrights '56 (1955) 
  Adam and Evening 01x13: (Mar/13/1956) As Adam 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  The Ghost Writer 07x19: (May/29/1955) As Ed Kagan 
  The Assassin 07x12: (Feb/20/1955) As guest star 
  And Crown Thy Good 06x18: (May/16/1954) As guest star 
  Marty 05x20: (May/24/1953) As guest star 

Logan's Run (1977) 
  Turnabout 01x13: (Unaired) As Asa 
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Trivia

Played the cab driver in the famous "I Coulda Been a Contender" scene between Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in the classic 1954 film On the Waterfront.

Resides now in Cambria, CA where he's retired from acting and has taken up painting.

Worked as an electrician on the New York City subway system before getting into acting.

Played Barbra Streisand's rabbi father in Yentl.

During the 1970's, appeared in an award winning one-man stage play Shalom Acheim.

Portrayed two real-life mobsters on episodes of The Untouchables--Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik and Waxey Gordon.

Once stated that he became an actor in order to prove himself worthy of the gift of life.

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