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Job Actor
Years active 1926—1954
Known for Roly-poly, beaming, bespectacled; excitable or befuddled uncles, eccentric neighbors or businessmen
Top Roles Schwab, J. Maxwell Bloomhaus, Uncle Lazlo Lazlo, Joseph Ruder, Luigi Restaurateur
Top GenresComedy, Musical, Romance, Drama, Biographical, Action
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Broadway, Show Business
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), (Director), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Elaine Stritch, Bonita Granville, George M. Merrick  see more..

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 .


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).



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:

Felix Bassenak: Watch now. I show you how to flip-flop the flop-flips.

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

Alexander Yardley: [Elizabeth's baby needs medical attention] I don't want anything to happen to that baby. It will ruin my circulation.
Felix Bassenak: It won't do the baby no good, neither.

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S.Z. Sakall Facts
Because of his befuddled amiability on-screen, his trademark jowls and comical exasperation, he was nicknamed "Cuddles" and was often billed that way.

The initials preceding his name are from the Hungarian for Szoke Szakall, meaning 'blonde beard', so called because he wore one as a young actor to look older.

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

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