George Tobias

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George Tobias (born July 14, 1901 in New York City , † February 27, 1980 in Los Angeles ) was an American theater and film actor .


Born into a Jewish family in New York City, George Tobias began his acting career at the Neighborhood Playhouse at the age of 15 and then played for several years with the Theater Guild and the Provincetown Players on New York Broadway , including in 1935 in Sidney Howards Paths of Glory . He was finally discovered by a talent scout from Warner Brothers , whom Tobias followed to Hollywood in the late 1930s .

After he got a contract with Warner Brothers, Tobias played mostly supporting roles as the lovable friend of the main actor. B. by James Cagney in Schönste der Stadt ( The Strawberry Blonde , 1941) and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) or by Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941). Tobias has proven himself as a versatile character actor in various film genres, including film comedies , film dramas and film musicals . He was often seen in roles with a Slavic background, such as in Music in My Heart (1940) as a Russian cook alongside Rita Hayworth or in Rouben Mamoulian's silk stockings ( Silk Stockings , 1957) as Vassili Markovitch alongside Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse . He played this role from 1955 to 1956 under the direction of Cy Feuer alongside Don Ameche and Hildegard Knef on Broadway.

From the mid-1950s, he also appeared on television. For example, he was seen as neighbor Abner Kravitz in 54 episodes of the American television series In Love with a Witch ( Bewitched , 1964–1971). In 1977 he retired from the film business.

George Tobias, who was never married but had a relationship with actress Milicent Patrick for decades, died of bladder cancer in Los Angeles in 1980 at the age of 78 . He was buried in the New Mount Carmel Cemetery in Queens , New York.

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