Hy Anzell

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Hy Anzell
Born September 7, 1923
New York City, New York
Died August 23, 2003(2003-08-23) (aged 79)
Fresno, California
Occupation Television, film, stage actor

Hy Anzell (September 7, 1923 – August 23, 2003) was a Yiddish-speaking[1] American theater, television, and movie actor. He originated the role of the flower shop owner, "Mr. Mushnik", in the original off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors with Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof.[2] He was also in the original 1976 Broadway cast of Checking Out.

He appeared in dozens of films and television programs. He had roles in a number of films directed by Woody Allen, beginning with Bananas, and notably including Annie Hall (in which he had his best-known movie role as Uncle Joey Nichols).[3][4]

He died of natural causes at age 79.[3]

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  1. ^ Sadie Stein, "Jitterbug Perfume", The Paris Review, May 28, 2014.
  2. ^ John Simon, "Campsites", New York, August 23, 1982.
  3. ^ a b Lauren Lyster, "Hy Anzell: Actor", Variety, August 25, 2003.
  4. ^ Hy Anzell, All Movie Guide at The New York Times (accessed 2014-04-24).

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