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Abraham Sofaer

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Occupation  Actor
Role  Actor
Name  Abraham Sofaer
Years active  1921-1974

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Born  1 October 1896 (1896-10-01) Rangoon, Burma
Died  January 21, 1988, Woodland Hills, California, United States
TV shows  The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Movies  The Naked Jungle, Quo Vadis, Bhowani Junction, Elephant Walk, His Majesty O'Keefe
Similar People  Byron Haskin, William Conrad, Mervyn LeRoy, William Dieterle, Alexander Korda

Ex-spouse  Psyche Angela Christian

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Abraham Sofaer (October 1, 1896 – January 21, 1988), was a stage actor who became a familiar supporting player in film and on television in his later years. Although often incorrectly listed as Burmese, Sofaer was proudly descended from Baghdad Jews. He was born in Rangoon, then a part of the British Empire. The son of very successful merchants, (see the Sofaer Building, Rangoon), he was educated as a British gentleman and originally worked as a school teacher. Sofaer's strong features and resonant voice complemented the many exotic character parts he played.


He began his acting career on the London stage in 1921, but soon was alternating between London and Broadway. By the 1930s, he was appearing in both British and American films. Among his more prominent performances were the dual role of the Judge and Surgeon in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and St. Paul in Quo Vadis (1951).

He also appeared on television from its earliest days in the late 1930s and on radio. Although his film appearances diminished after the 1950s, he continued to have guest roles on dozens of major U.S. television series throughout the 1960s. He made three appearances on Perry Mason including as Sylvester Robey in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Crying Cherub" and his voice was featured in two episodes of Star Trek. Other guest appearances were in Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, Daniel Boone, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, and The Outer Limits. He may be best remembered for his recurring role as Haji, the master of all genies, on I Dream of Jeannie and as The Swami who advises Peter Tork in the "Sauna" scene in The Monkees' 1968 film Head.

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Personal life

Sofaer married psyche Angela Christian, with whom he had two sons and four daughters. He retired from acting in the mid 1970s.

The noted jurist of the same name is the actor's first cousin, once removed.


Sofaer died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, as the result of congestive heart failure in 1988.

Partial television appearances

  • Zane Grey Theater - "Mission" (1959) - Comanche Chief Alou
  • Gunsmoke - "Kitty's Killing" (1960-62) - Jeremiah Leech / Harvey Easter
  • The Twilight Zone - "The Mighty Casey" (1960) - Dr. Stillman
  • Peter Gunn - "A Penny Saved" (1961) - Boris Petrov
  • Thriller "The Weird Tailor" (1961) - Nicolai
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. "The Brain-Killer Affair" (1965) - Mr. Gabhail Samoy, head of U.N.C.L.E. operations in Calcutta
  • The Time Tunnel "Revenge of the Gods" (1966) - Epeios
  • Lost in Space - "The Flaming Planet" (1968) - Sobram
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker "Horror in the Heights" (1974) - Rakshasa Hunter (final television appearance)
  • References

    Abraham Sofaer Wikipedia