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Landers as Ted Hoffman with Bettye Ackerman as Maggie Graham in Ben Casey.
September 3, 1921
New York City, New York, United States
Early life & career
Harry Landers was born on September 3, 1921, in New York City, to parents Jacob and Rose (née Landes) Sorokin, who were immigrants from Russia. He was the third-oldest out of six children. Jacob abandoned the family early on in Harry's life.
He began his career as a worker at the Warner Bros. studio in California, doing menial tasks in the early 1940s. An encounter with actress Bette Davis led to a membership of Screen Actors Guild and an acting career. He started out as an extra and was largely uncredited. He studied at the Actors Lab, known for its left-wing political affiliation.
Landers is known for being the spokesman for Taster's Choice coffee in television commercials which aired in the 1960s and 1970s.
He had a regular role as Dr. Ted Hoffman, sidekick to Vince Edwards' TV doctor, Ben Casey, in the 1960s series of that name. He also had a small role in the Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window (1954) and a supporting role as Dr. Arthur Coleman in the final episode of the original Star Trek television series, "Turnabout Intruder", first screened in 1969. He played multiple roles in Cecil DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments (1956).
|1947||Kiss of Death||Convict|
|Undercover Girl||Tully Mertz Vista|
|1953||Phantom from Space||Lt. Bowers|
|Jack Slade||Danton Son|
|The Wild One||GoGo|
|1954||Drive a Crooked Road||Ralph|
|Prisoner of War||Lieutenant|
|About Mrs. Leslie||Soldier|
|Return from the Sea||Quartermaster McGivern|
|Rear Window||Guest of Miss Lonelyhearts|
|1956||The Ten Commandments||Architect's assistant/Hebrew at Rameses' gate|
|The Indian Fighter||Grey Wolf/Captain Trask Attaché|
|The Black Whip||Fiddler|
|The Walter Winchell File||"The Candlestick" - Major Daley|
|1960||The Gallant Hours||Capt. Joseph Foss|
|1968||In Enemy Country||Pilot|
|Massacre Harbor||Col. 'Spic' Landers USA|
|1990||Hollywood Heartbreak Hotel||Chuck Starrman|
- Harry Landers at the Internet Movie Database
- Harry Landers at the American Film Institute
- Interview with Harry Landers Classic TV History Blog, April 30, 2010
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