Abraham Sofaer Show Count: 3
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: 1st October 1896
, Rangoon, Burma
Died: 21st January 1988, Los Angeles, USA
Abraham Sofaer was a stage actor of Burmese-Jewish descent who became a familiar supporting player on film and television in his later years. He was born in Rangoon. Sofaer's strong features and resonant voice complemented the many exotic character parts he played.
He began his acting career on the London stage in 1921, but soon was alternating between London and Broadway. By the 1930s, he was appearing in both British and American films. Among his more prominent performances were the dual role of the Judge and Surgeon inPowell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and St. Paul in Quo Vadis (1951).
He also appeared on television from its earliest days in the late 1930s and on radio. Although his film appearances diminished after the 1950s, he continued to have guest roles on dozens of major U.S. television series throughout the 1960s, including Perry Mason, Star Trek ("Charlie X") & ("Spectre of the Gun" - voice only), The Twilight Zone ("The Mighty Casey"), Daniel Boone ("Not in Our Stars"), Lost in Space ("The Flaming Planet") and The Outer Limits ("Demon with a Glass Hand"), until retiring in the mid 1970s. He may be best-remembered for his recurring role as Hadji, the master of all genies, on I Dream of Jeannie.
Sofaer married Psyche Angela Christian, with whom he had two sons and four daughters. He died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles,California, as the result of congestive heart failure in 1988.