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Abraham Sofaer

Abraham Sofaer

Abraham Sofaer was a Burmese stage actor who became a familiar supporting player in film and on television in his later years. He was born in Rangoon and originally worked as a school teacher. Sofaer's strong features and resonant voice complemented the many exotic character parts he played.\nHe 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 in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death and St. Paul in Quo Vadis.\nHe 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. He made three appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of defendant Elihu Laban in the 1963 episode, \"The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-Bout.\" He also featured in Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Daniel Boone, Lost in Space, The Asphalt Jungle, and The Outer Limits, until retiring in the mid-1970s.

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