Joseph Green (actor)

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Joseph Green (April 23, 1900 – June 20, 1996), born Yoysef Grinberg, a.k.a. Josef Grünberg, Joseph Greenberg and Joseph Greene, a Polish-born Jew who emigrated to the United States in 1924, was an actor in Yiddish theater and one of the few directors of Yiddish language films; he made four films including A brivele der mamen ("A Letter to Mother"), Yidl Mitn Fidl ("Yiddle and his Fiddle"), Der Purimspiler ("The Jester") which he also wrote, as well as Mamele. All four of his films were made between 1936 and 1939. His acting roles began in 1932.

Born in Łódź, Poland, he died of emphysema at the age of 96 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, United States.

Green also had a walk-on part in The Jazz Singer, and he had roles in two other minor films, Joseph in the Land of Egypt, and A Daughter of her People, both filmed in 1932. Green was interviewed in the 1985 British documentary on Yiddish Films, Almonds and Raisins.

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