Yank Azman

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Yank Azman
Yank Azman
Jankiel (Jank) Zajfman (aka Jack Zaifman)

(1947-10-19) October 19, 1947 (age 76)
Occupation(s)Actor, voice actor, antique dealer
Years active1969–present
SpousePulver Zajfman (1969–present)

Yank Azman (born October 19, 1947) is a Canadian television and film actor.

Early life[edit]

Azman was born in a displaced persons camp in Bad Wörishofen, Germany to Cesia (née Waishand), a sales clerk, and Kuba Zajfman, a tailor and furrier, Holocaust survivors from Chmielnik, Poland.[1] They emigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Toronto where he attended Harbord Collegiate Institute, William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute and later the Ontario College of Art[2] (now known as OCAD University) and the University of Toronto.


Although his first stage appearance was at age six,[3] his professional acting career began with the CBC Television series Toby in 1968. By the 1970s after training at Young People's Theatre and The Second City, he was working in improvisational and children's theatre with Gilda Radner[4] and in 1974 was cast as one of an ensemble (which included Valri Bromfield and Jayne Eastwood) to star on the CTV comedy series Funny Farm.[5] During the 1970s he appeared on stage at: Factory Theatre's Hurray for Johnny Canuck[6] with Maury Chaykin and Jim Henshaw; Theatre Passe Muraille in Bethune; and Theatre New Brunswick as Brighella in Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters[7] among others. Since then he has worked steadily in film and television[8] with such roles as Tom Shaughnessy on My Life as A Dog and frequent guest appearances on such shows as Murdoch Mysteries.

Second career[edit]

He began a lifelong interest in art and antiques after being inspired by Painters Eleven artist Harold Town while working together on the Canadian Centennial project at William Lyon Mackenzie C.I.[9] In 1979, he started supplying antiques as props[10] for the movies and to retail stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren[11] and then opened a shop at the Harbourfront Antique Market. Toronto Life Magazine called him the "friendliest dealer in town."[12] He has made numerous guest appearances as an antiques expert[13] on such television shows as Room Service with Sarah Richardson on HGTV,[14] Breakfast Television on Citytv and in 2002 he hosted a television pilot called Flea Market Millionaire[15] for the Discovery Channel. Azman has also lectured on antiques at the CITT (Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology) at Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University)[16] and on Material Culture at the Faculty of Liberal Studies at Ontario College of Art & Design.

Voice acting[edit]

Azman has long worked as a voice actor and has voiced several characters in animated series such as Starcom: The U.S. Space Force and The Adventures of Tintin.

Personal life[edit]

Azman is married to Canadian artist[17][18] & antique dealer Pulver Zajfman[19] and lives in Toronto and Miami Beach. He is a member of Mensa[20] and has a mild form of dyscalculia.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Sing Mr. Frye
1989 Millennium Evacuation Worker
1995 Butterbox Babies Mr. Stone
1998 Bone Daddy MacDougall
2001 Judgment Day Colin McMahon


  1. ^ "Cesia and Kuba Zaifman Today". Saraschildren.com. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Fox, Hyla Wults. "Collectibles". The Globe and Mail April, 20. 1995.
  3. ^ "Concert-ed Enthusiasm For Concert" Toronto Telegram. P. 24. April 4, 1954.
  4. ^ Kareda, Urjo "Candy-rock show needs audience participation" Toronto Star. Dec 21, 1971
  5. ^ "The Funny Farm". TVArchive.ca. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Factory Theatre | Hurray for Johnny Canuck". Home.interlog.com. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "TNB Performance Calendar". Lib.unb.ca. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  9. ^ Hale, Barrie "Students Build a Town Wall" Toronto Telegram. p.40. March 31, 1967
  10. ^ Taylor, Bill. "The older, the better".Toronto Star. May 2, 2002
  11. ^ Skoggard, Ross, "The Collector" Toronto Star. May 10, 1992
  12. ^ "Best and Worst of the City" Toronto Life p.December 25, 2001
  13. ^ http://www.canadianbusiness.com/after_hours/article.jsp?content=20031106_133646_3028 MoneySense Sept/Oct 2003
  14. ^ "room service". Roomservice.ca. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  15. ^ "Discovery_Adds_Two_More_Series".
  16. ^ [1] Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Index of Canadian Artists "http://www.lareau-law.ca/peintres_1Z.html"
  18. ^ National Gallery of Canada database "http://www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca/bd-dl/aac-aic-eng.jsp?emu=en.aich:/Proxapp/ws/aich/user/wwwe/Record&upp=0&m=1&w=NATIVE%28%27ARTIST+ph+words+%27%27pulver+zajfman%27%27%27%29&order=native%28%27every+AR%27%29"
  19. ^ Vine, Ira. "Valentines Taken to Heart"The Globe and Mail. p. 18, Feb.7, 1981
  20. ^ "Regular Contributors". MC2 Journal of Mensa Canada. Mensa Canada (237): 27. July 1990.

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