Ian Wolfe

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Ian Wolfe
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Ian Wolfe as Mr. Atoz in Star Trek episode "All Our Yesterdays"
Born (1896-11-04)November 4, 1896
Canton, Illinois, US
Died January 23, 1992(1992-01-23) (aged 95)
Los Angeles, California, US
Other names Ien Wulf, Ian Macwolfe, Ian Wolf
Occupation Actor
Years active 1934–90

Ian Wolfe (November 4, 1896 – January 23, 1992)[1] was an American actor whose films date from 1934 to 1990. Until 1934, he worked as a theatre actor. Wolfe mostly found work as a character actor, appearing in over many films including George Lucas' THX 1138.[2]

Wolfe was also a veteran of World War I when he served as a volunteer medical specialist.[1]

Wolfe's best-known role may have been in the 1946 movie Bedlam, in which he played a lawyer confined to an asylum.

Wolfe wrote and self-published two books of poetry Forty-Four Scribbles and a Prayer: Lyrics and Ballads and Sixty Ballads and Lyrics In Search of Music.

Wolfe played a crooked small town doctor in "Six Gun's Legacy", an episode from the first (1949) season of The Lone Ranger. In it he plots to cheat a man out of his inheritance by using a look-alike to collect the payment. The episode is unusual in that it featured white collar crime, though at the end, true to formula, Wolfe draws on The Lone Ranger and has his gun shot from his hand. Wolfe appeared in the 1966 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Midnight Howler," as Abel Jackson. He also appeared in two episodes of the original Star Trek television series: "Bread and Circuses" (1968) as Septimus, and "All Our Yesterdays" (1969) as Mr. Atoz, and portrayed the wizard Traquil in the cult series Wizards and Warriors (1983). In 1982, Wolfe had a small recurring role on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati as Hirsch, the sarcastic, irreverent butler to WKRP owner Lillian Carlson, played by Carol Bruce.

Central to Wolfe's appeal as a character actor was the fact that until he reached actual old age he always looked considerably older than he actually was. In the 1935 film Mad Love he played Colin Clive's stepfather. There is no suggestion that they are not supposed to be of different generations, yet Wolfe was only four years older than Clive. In the 1953 film Houdini he warned the magician to avoid occult matters, telling him to "take the advice of an old man". He would appear in movies for another 37 years.

Wolfe, who worked until the last couple of years of his life, died January 23, 1992, at age 95, of natural causes.[1]

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