Fred Sadoff

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Fred Sadoff
Born Frederick Edward Sadoff
(1926-10-21)October 21, 1926
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died May 6, 1994(1994-05-06) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1949-1990

Fred Sadoff (October 21, 1926 — May 6, 1994) was an American film, stage and television actor.

Frederick Edward Sadoff was born in Brooklyn, New York to Henry and Bertha Sadoff; his older brothers Sidney and Robert were born years earlier. He got his start as an actor on Broadway in the late 1940s, appearing in South Pacific in the role of 'Professor'. A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] Sadoff also appeared in Camino Real and Wish You Were Here. In 1956, he became personal assistant to Michael Redgrave who starred in and directed a production of The Sleeping Prince, and also acted opposite him in the 1958 Audie Murphy film The Quiet American.

Sadoff moved to London to form a production company with Redgrave under the name F.E.S. Plays, Ltd. which presented works including The Importance of Being Oscar which had a short run on Broadway in 1961. While in England, he also worked as a director for the BBC and Rediffusion.

Eventually returning to the United States, he found success as an actor in The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 when he was cast as Linarcos, the company representative who ordered Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) full ahead. He also acted in other films, including Papillon (1973), Cinderella Liberty (1973) and The Terminal Man (1974). On television, he appeared in guest roles on such series as Quincy, M.E., The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Barney Miller and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. He also acted in several soap operas, including Ryan's Hope, All My Children and Days of Our Lives.

Fred Sadoff died of AIDS on May 6, 1994 in his home in Los Angeles, California at age 67.


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Viva Zapata! Soldier Uncredited
1957 Appointment with a Shadow Uncredited
1958 The Quiet American Dominguez
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Linarcos
1973 Marco Niccolo Polo
1973 Papillon Deputy Warden
1973 Cinderella Liberty Dr. Osgood
1974 The Terminal Man Police Doctor


  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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