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Milo Sperber

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Name  Milo Sperber
Role  Actor
Siblings  Manes Sperber

Milo Sperber DRINKING OF ELDER MEN January 2013
Died  December 22, 1992, London Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom
Nephews  Dan Sperber, Vladimir Sperber
Movies and TV shows  Are You Being Served?, Billion Dollar Brain, The Spy Who Loved Me, In Search of the Castaways, Providence
Similar People  James Hayter, Kenneth Waller, Larry Martyn, Vivienne Johnson, Arthur Brough

Milo Sperber (20 March 1911 – 22 December 1992) was a Polish-born English actor, director and writer.


Early life

Milo Sperber Milo Sperber 1911 1992 Find A Grave Memorial

Sperber was born in 1911 into a family of Polish Hasidic Jews who fled anti-Semitism during the Second World War. His older brother was activist, author and intellectual Manès Sperber. The younger Sperber trained as a lawyer in Vienna before joining Max Reinhardt's school; there he played roles in Six Characters in Search of an Author and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among other plays. Martin Esslin was a classmate during this time. While on the rise as an actor in Germany, in 1939 he fled Germany and the Nazis with his family, eventually landing in Britain as refugees.


Early in the Second World War Sperber joined the Oxford Pilgrim Players; he gained experience directing the company on tour in Case 27 VC and spending a season in London even during the Blitz. He also was involved in producing anti-Nazi propaganda for the BBC before the end of the war. His later career included stints in cabaret, theatre and television; in the last capacity, he performed as shoe salesman Mr. Grossman in four episodes of Are You Being Served?. In 1990, at the age of 79, he appeared in Series 2, Episode 7 of Poirot, "The Kidnapped Prime Minister," as Mr. Fingler, Poirot's kvetching tailor.

His big-screen career included performances in minor roles in such films as Foreign Intrigue, The Spy Who Loved Me, Operation Crossbow, In Search of the Castaways and Billion Dollar Brain. He taught for some time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and served as a scriptwriter for the BBC's German language service. Many of his students at RADA went on to succeed in the arts, including Glenda Jackson.

Sperber's last appearance in the West End was in a 1984 production of The Clandestine Marriage at the Albany Theatre; he spent his last years travelling Britain, giving readings from the works of his brother, writer Manès Sperber.


Sperber died in London in 1992.

Selected filmography

  • Thunder Rock (1942) - Mr. Hirohiti (uncredited)
  • Mr. Emmanuel (1944) - Student
  • Noose (1948) - Taschlik (uncredited)
  • Golden Arrow (1949) - Black Marketeer
  • The End of the Road (1954) - (uncredited)
  • Foreign Intrigue (1956) - Baum
  • Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons (1960) - Librarian (uncredited)
  • In Search of the Castaways (1962) - Crooked Sailor
  • The Victors (1963) - Concentration Camp Prisoner
  • Operation Crossbow (1965) - German Hotel Porter
  • Billion Dollar Brain (1967) - Basil
  • Voyage of the Damned (1976) - Rabbi
  • Providence (1977) - Mr. Jenner
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Prof. Markovitz
  • The Stud (1978) - Kamara (uncredited)
  • References

    Milo Sperber Wikipedia