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Cliff Osmond

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Cause of death  Pancreatic cancer
Years active  1962-1996

Name  Cliff Osmond
Role  Character Actor
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Born  February 26, 1937Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater  Dartmouth College University of California, Los Angeles
Died  December 22, 2012, Pacific Palisades, California, United States
Spouse  Gretchen Ebrahim (m. 1962–2012)
Children  Eric Osmond, Margaret Osmond
Education  Dartmouth College, University of California, Los Angeles
Movies  Kiss Me - Stupid, The Fortune Cookie, Irma la Douce, Invasion of the Bee Girls, The Front Page
Similar People  Denis Sanders, Billy Wilder, Burt Topper, Martyn Burke, John Wilder

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Cliff Osmond (born Clifford Osman Ebrahim; February 26, 1937 – December 22, 2012) was an American character actor and television screenwriter best known for appearing in films directed by Billy Wilder. A parallel career as an acting teacher coincided with his other activities.


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Early life

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Osmond was born in the Margaret Hague Medical Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, and reared in Union City, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison grammar school, Emerson High School, and Dartmouth College (Bachelor of Arts in English). He received his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in the field of Theater History at UCLA.


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He appeared in four of Billy Wilder's comedies, beginning with Irma la Douce (1963) as the police sergeant. He played the songwriter Barney Millsap in Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), which used new comedic song lyrics by Ira Gershwin set to unused tunes composed by his brother George. Osmond also appeared in two later Wilder films a co-starring role as Purkey opposite Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Fortune Cookie (1966), and The Front Page (1974). Osmond was also seen in menacing roles as Pap in the 1981 TV adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Osmond made more than 100 appearances in TV shows or movies between 1962 and 1996. During that period he guest-starred at least half a dozen times on Gunsmoke and in the 1965 episode "Yahoo" of NBC's Laredo. He was cast in "The Gift", (1962) of the original The Twilight Zone. He played a hippie in Ironside (1968) and appeared as well on Here's Lucy (1974), The New Land (1974), as a plumber's apprentice on work release from prison in All in the Family (1975), The Bob Newhart Show (1975), and Kojak (1976).

Also a screenwriter, Osmond was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for writing an episode of Streets of San Francisco (1973). He also wrote and directed the feature film The Penitent (1988), starring Raul Julia and Armand Assante.

As an actor, he received a Best Actor award for his UCLA performance of Berthold Brecht's Baal, and the Joseph Jefferson acting award for a Chicago stage appearance in Shaw's You Never Can Tell.

Later career

In addition to his acting and writing careers, Osmond was an acting teacher and coach in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the fall of 2004, he was visiting professor in acting and Guest Resident Artist at Georgetown University, teaching two acting courses and directing Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.

In 2010, he wrote a book about his career and acting: Acting is Living: Exploring the Ten Essential Elements in any Successful Performance.


Cliff Osmond died on December 22, 2012, of pancreatic cancer, aged 75.

Partial filmography

  • The Rifleman (1962) - Bartender (uncredited)
  • Irma La Douce (1963) - Police Sergeant
  • The Raiders (1963) - Private Jean Duchamps
  • Wild and Wonderful (1964) - Hercule - Giselle's Uncle
  • Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) - Barney
  • Laredo (1965, TV) - Midas Mantee / Running Antelope
  • The Fortune Cookie (1966) - Purkey
  • Three Guns for Texas (1968) - Running Antelope
  • The Devil's 8 (1969) - Bubba
  • Sweet Sugar (1972) - Burgos
  • Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) - Captain Peters
  • Oklahoma Crude (1973) - Massive Man
  • The Front Page (1974) - Jacobi
  • Sharks' Treasure (1975) - Lobo
  • Joe Panther (1976) - Rance
  • Guardian of the Wilderness' (1976) - McCollough
  • The Mouse and His Child (1977) - C. Serpentina (voice)
  • The Great Brain (1978) - Mr. Kokovinis
  • The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) - Big Chin
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) - Wes Hardin (Bank-robber)
  • Beggarman, Thief (1979, TV) - Sagerac
  • Hangar 18 (1980) - Sheriff Barlow
  • The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981, TV) - Stanfil
  • Lone Star Sports Bar & Grill (1983) - Cal
  • In Search of a Golden Sky (1984) - Russ McGuire
  • For Which He Stands (1996) - Javier Chavez (final film role)
  • References

    Cliff Osmond Wikipedia