Job Actor
Years active 1926—1954
Known for Roly-poly, beaming, bespectacled; excitable or befuddled uncles, eccentric neighbors or businessmen
Top Roles Schwab, S. Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall, Geza Peyer, Felix Hofer, Adolph Hubbell
Top GenresComedy, Musical, Romance, Drama, Biographical, Action
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Show Business, Broadway
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), (Director), (Producer)
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S.Z. Sakall Overview:

Character actor, S.Z. Sakall, was born Jacob Gero on Feb 2, 1883 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary]. Sakall died at the age of 72 on Feb 12, 1955 in Los Angeles, CA .

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Roly-poly and bespectacled, character actor S. Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall appeared in over 100 films, playing his share of excitable or befuddled uncles, and eccentric businessmen or neighbors. He started his career in Hungarian and German silent films and early talkies, but is probably best remembered for his Hollywood era films including The Devil and Miss Jones, Ball of Fire, Casablanca, Christmas in Connecticut, The Dolly Sisters, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cinderella Jones and In the Good Old Summertime.

"Everything is hunky dunky!" -S. Z. Sakall

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).

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BlogHub Articles:

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 14, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm looking at the life and career of the beloved old Hollywood character actor . Here he is as Otto Oberkugen in In the Good Old Summertime (1949). This article is part of the What a Character! blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula's Cinema... Read full article


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By Amanda Garrett on Dec 9, 2014 From Old Hollywood Films

Hungarian actor 's portly frame and fractured English were a much-loved addition to many old Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s, including Casablanca, Christmas in Connecticut and In the Good Old Summertime. Sakall was born Jacob Gero on Feb. 2, 1883, in Budapest to a Jewish family... Read full article


Mini Tribute: Character Actor S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall

By Annmarie Gatti on Feb 2, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born February 2, 1883 Character Actor S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall! Character Actor S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall appeared in over 100 films. He started his career in Hungarian and German silent films and early talkies, but is probably best remembered for his Hollywood era films including... Read full article


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S.Z. Sakall Quotes:

[after observing the gambling tables at Rick's]
Customer: Are you sure this place is honest?
Carl: Honest? As honest as the day is long!


Dr. Kirby: Ah, my favorite scalpel. Who's the patient?
Nurse Hamilton: Eddie Cantor.
Dr. Kirby: Ha-ha-ha-ha! Start the anesthetic.


Judy Jones: Oh not him... the other one.
Gabriel Popik: Throw him back!


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S.Z. Sakall Facts
Second wife was Ann Kardos, who was the sister of László Kardos. László's wife, Lenka, was the sister of director Joe Pasternak.

All three of his sisters perished in Nazi concentration camps.

He originally turned down his waiter's role in "Casablanca", the part that initially made him famous.

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