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|Born||January 31, 1913
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||September 21, 2002 (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Maurice Manson (January 31, 1913 – September 21, 2002) was a Canadian character actor who appeared in several film and Broadway productions as well as numerous television appearances in a career spanning over thirty years.
Life and career
Manson was born Moritz Levine in Toronto, Ontario, to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. He moved to New York City to become an actor and worked steadily on and off Broadway throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s. Among his credits were productions of Othello and Macbeth at the Barrymore Theater. In the 1950s, he moved to Hollywood, California, and was cast mostly in small roles. He appeared in films such as Hellcats of the Navy and The Spirit of St. Louis.
On television, he guest-starred on five episodes of the CBS legal drama, Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr, including the role of murder victim Charles Sabin (and his brother Arthur) in "The Case of the Perjured Parrot," murder victim Joseph Kraft in "The Case of the Bogus Books," and as Jess Parkinson in “The Case of the Dead Ringer” in which Burr played dual roles as Mason and murderer Grimes. He appeared five times on the NBC sitcom, Hazel, starring Shirley Booth. He also appeared on The Americans, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It To Beaver, and The Munsters.TV series Gunsmoke .
- Mary of Scotland (1933) as a page and as Graeme a sergeant