Joseph Wiseman

Joseph Wiseman (May 15, 1918 – October 19, 2009) was a Canadian theater and film actor, best known for starring as the titular antagonist of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, his role as Manny Weisbord on Crime Story, and his career on Broadway. He was once called "the spookiest actor in the American theater". Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Orthodox Jewish parents, Louis and Pearl Rubin (née Ruchwarger), Wiseman grew up in New York. At age 16, he began performing in summer stock and became professional, which displeased his parents. Wiseman also had roles in a wide variety of films, Viva Zapata!, the very first James Bond film Dr. No, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Bye Bye Braverman, and the TV series The Streets of San Francisco, The Untouchables, Crime Story, an episode of The Twilight Zone called "One More Pallbearer", and Night Gallery. His last film was made in 1988, though he appeared in TV shows such as MacGyver, L.A. Law, and Law & Order after that time. He made his Broadway debut in 1938, playing a small part in Robert E. Sherwood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois.


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