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Nehemiah Persoff


Mostly Credited As: Nehemiah Persoff
Date Of Birth: August 02, 1919 (Age 96)
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.


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 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  Oh, the Shark Bites! 07x07: (Nov/07/1990) As Harold Goodman 
  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 
  The Most Toys 03x22: (May/07/1990) As Palor Toff 

MacGyver (1985) (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 
  Incident at Sam September 01x05: (Nov/10/1987) As Batulik 

Hotel (1983) 
  Passports 02x27: (Aug/14/1985) As Nicholas Petrovsky 
  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 
  Riot 07x19: (Apr/30/1981) As Burger 
  Middle Age 05x18: (Feb/01/1979) As Burger 
  Middle Age 05x18: (Feb/01/1979) As Burger 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Aphrodite/Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde 03x18: (Feb/02/1980) As Andreas 
  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 
  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 
  A Cry for Justice 05x08: (May/23/1979) As Dr. Burke 

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

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Number One with a Bullet (1) 11x12: (Dec/28/1978) As Allie Francis 
  Hit Gun for Sale 07x21: (Feb/25/1975) As Cordell 
  Hit Gun for Sale 07x21: (Feb/25/1975) As Cordell 
  Charter for Death 06x03: (Sep/25/1973) As Leo Paolo 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  Defection to Paradise (1) 03x07: (Nov/19/1978) As Unknown 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Unknown 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Unknown 

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

The Bionic Woman (1976) 
  Out of Body 03x19: (Mar/04/1978) As Dr. Philip Jennings 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  Chapter 20 01x20: (Mar/01/1977) As Albert Dietrich /Ernst Detner 

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

Wonder Woman (1976) 
  Formula 407 01x12: (Jan/22/1977) As Professor Moreno 
  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 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Major Popov 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) 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 
  Now You See Him 05x05: (Feb/29/1976) As Jesse T. Jerome 

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

The Invisible Man (1975) (1975) 
  Barnard Wants Out 01x05: (Oct/06/1975) As Leon Barnard 
  Barnard Wants Out 01x05: (Oct/06/1975) As Leon Barnard 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Manolo 20x23: (Mar/17/1975) As Alejo Etchahoun 
  Manolo 20x23: (Mar/17/1975) As Alejo Etchahoun 
  Like Old Times 19x16: (Jan/21/1974) As Ben Rando 
  The Pretender 11x10: (Nov/20/1965) As Dano 

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 

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

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

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

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Is That Justice? No, It's Law 03x19: (Feb/16/1971) As Sgt. Harry MacGeorge 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Nick Master 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Nick Master 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Janos Kovacs 

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

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

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  The Vault 03x23: (Apr/06/1969) As Phillipe Pereda 
  The Vault 03x23: (Apr/06/1969) As Phillipe Pereda 
  Odds on Evil 01x06: (Oct/22/1966) As Prince Iben Kostas, [Special Guest Stars]
  Odds on Evil 01x06: (Oct/22/1966) As Prince Iben Kostas, [Special Guest Stars]

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  The Revolutionary 01x15: (Dec/27/1968) As Ambassador 
  The Revolutionary 01x15: (Dec/27/1968) As Ambassador 

Tarzan (1966) (1966) 
  Trina 02x26: (Apr/05/1968) As Chembe Kunja 
  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 Underground Terror 03x19: (Jan/19/1968) As Hazard 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Adam Barclay 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Adam Barclay 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  Rome ... Take Away Three 02x16: (Dec/28/1966) As Coly Collisis 
  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 
  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 (2) 02x03: (Sep/26/1966) As General Vicente Ruiz 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As General Vicente Ruiz 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As General Vicente Ruiz 

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

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

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

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 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]
  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 
  Echo of Evil 01x30: (Jun/05/1964) As Martin Vesper 

Mr. Novak (1963) 
  Enter a Strange Animal 02x16: (Jan/19/1965) As Henry Selkirk 
  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 the Wanderer 06x21: (Feb/27/1964) As Michob 
  Incident of White Eyes 05x27: (May/03/1963) As Domingo 
  Incident of White Eyes 05x27: (May/03/1963) As Domingo 

Naked City (1958) 
  One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski 04x32: (May/15/1963) As Griffin 
  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 
  ...And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them... 03x27: (May/09/1962) As Berco Romano 

Sam Benedict (1962) 
  Image of a Toad 01x23: (Feb/23/1963) As Vernon Hill 
  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]
  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 Stryker Brothers 03x18: (Mar/08/1962) As Mr. Jaeger, [Special Guest Stars]

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  The Glass Jungle 01x06: (Nov/05/1961) As Dr. Emil Kroger 
  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 
  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]
  The Tiburcio Mendez Story 04x26: (Mar/22/1961) As Tiburcio Mendez, [Special Guest Stars]

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Cruel Day 04x11: (Feb/24/1960) As Father 
  The Cruel Day 04x11: (Feb/24/1960) As Father 
  The Death of Manolete 02x01: (Sep/12/1957) As Carras 
  The Death of Manolete 02x01: (Sep/12/1957) As Carras 

The Third Man (1959) 
  The Third Medallion 01x16: (Jan/29/1960) As Sandor Varnezki 
  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 
  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]
  Judgment Night 01x10: (Dec/04/1959) As Carl Lanser, [Starring Roles]

Climax! (1954) 
  On the Take 04x27: (Apr/03/1958) As Lt. Cal Nourse 
  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 
  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 
  I am Fifteen, and I Don't Want to Die 10x05: (Oct/17/1956) As Anthony 

Playwrights '56 (1955) 
  Adam and Evening 01x13: (Mar/13/1956) As Adam 
  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 Ghost Writer 07x19: (May/29/1955) As Ed Kagan 
  And Crown Thy Good 06x18: (May/16/1954) As guest star 
  And Crown Thy Good 06x18: (May/16/1954) As guest star 

The New Breed (1961) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Louis Morley 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Louis Morley 

Highway to Heaven (1984) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Deputy Premier Karpovich 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Deputy Premier Karpovich 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Don Fernando 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Don Fernando 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Rabbi Isidore Glickman 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Rabbi Isidore Glickman 

Sword of Justice (1978) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Carlos 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Carlos 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Jules Dreise 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Jules Dreise 

Law & Order (1990) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As David Steinmetz 

Land of the Giants (1968) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Titus 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Stefan Valandros 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Stefan Valandros 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dobbs 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dobbs 

Thriller (US) (1960) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Lt. Jim Wagner 

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.

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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