Milo Sperber

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Milo Sperber (20 March 1911 – 22 December 1992) was a Polish-born English actor, director, and writer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sperber was born in 1911 into a family of Polish Hasidic Jews who fled anti-Semitism during World War II. His older brother was activist, author and intellectual Manès Sperber. The younger Sperber trained as a lawyer in Vienna before joining a local drama school. While on the rise as an actor in Germany, in 1939 he fled Germany and the Nazis with his family, eventually landing in England as refugees.[1]

Career[edit]

Early in World War II, he 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 latter 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 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.[1]

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.

Death[edit]

Sperber died in London in 1992.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Spalding, Ruth (2 January 1993). "Obituary: Milo Sperber". The Independent. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Milo Sperber at the Internet Movie Database
  • Are You Being Served? A Celebration of Twenty-Five Years. Richard Webber with David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd. New York; Welcome Rain, 1998.