Abraham Sofaer

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For the US jurist, see Abraham David Sofaer.
Abraham Sofaer
Born (1896-10-01)1 October 1896
Rangoon, Burma
Died 21 January 1988(1988-01-21) (aged 91)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1921-1974

Abraham Sofaer (October 1, 1896 – January 21, 1988) was a Burmese stage actor who became a familiar supporting player in film and on television in his later years. He was born in Rangoon and originally worked as a school teacher. Sofaer's strong features and resonant voice (he modified his Burmese accent to sound more like English Received Pronunciation) complemented the many exotic character parts he played.

He began his acting career on the London stage in 1921, but soon was alternating between London and Broadway. By the 1930s, he was appearing in both British and American films. Among his more prominent performances were the dual role of the Judge and Surgeon in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and St. Paul in Quo Vadis (1951).

He also appeared on television from its earliest days in the late 1930s and on radio. Although his film appearances diminished after the 1950s, he continued to have guest roles on dozens of major U.S. television series throughout the 1960s. He made three appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of defendant Elihu Laban in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-Bout." He also featured in Star Trek ("Charlie X" and "Spectre of the Gun" - voice only), Gunsmoke as Harvey Easter, The Twilight Zone ("The Mighty Casey"), Daniel Boone ("Not in Our Stars"), Lost in Space ("The Flaming Planet"), The Asphalt Jungle ("The McMasters Story"), and The Outer Limits ("Demon with a Glass Hand"), until retiring in the mid-1970s. He may be best-remembered for his recurring role as Hadji, the master of all genies, on I Dream of Jeannie and as The Swami who advises Peter Tork in the "Sauna" scene in The Monkees' 1968 film Head.

Sofaer married psyche Angela Christian, with whom he had two sons and four daughters. He died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, as the result of congestive heart failure in 1988.

The noted jurist of the same name is the actor's first cousin, once removed.

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