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Nehemiah Persoff

American actor and painter

Nehemiah Persoff is ...


Born 2 August 1919 in Jerusalem
Died 5 April 2022 in San Luis Obispo
Age 102 years, 8 months
Cause heart failure

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation television actor, film actor, painter and stage actor
Genre Western
Educated at Hebrew Technical Institute

About Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff is a true Renaissance man. Born in Jerusalem in 1919, he moved to the United States with his family when he was a child. After serving in the Army during World War II, Persoff began his acting career on Broadway in the late 1940s. He quickly made a name for himself as a versatile character actor, appearing in films like "An American Tail," "Some Like It Hot," and "The Comancheros."

But Persoff's talents don't stop there. In the 1960s, he began painting, and his work has been exhibited in galleries across the country. His paintings often depict scenes from his childhood in Jerusalem, as well as landscapes and still lifes.

Despite his success in both acting and painting, Persoff has remained humble and grounded. He once said, "I don't consider myself a star. I'm just a working actor." But his contributions to both fields have not gone unnoticed. In 2000, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his achievements in the arts and his dedication to promoting cultural understanding.

Now in his 100th year, Persoff continues to inspire and entertain. His legacy as an actor and painter is a testament to his talent and hard work, and his commitment to his craft is an inspiration to us all.


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