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
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TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Four — S.Z. “Cuddles” SakallBy shadowsandsatin on Aug 3, 2020 From Shadows and Satin
was unforgettable. , the featured player for Day Four of TCM?s Summer Under the Stars, is making his first-ever appearance in this annual celebration. Known for his amiable demeanor, his smiling eyes, and a lovable presence that led to his nickname ?Cuddles,? Sakall was never ... Read full article
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
Supporting Players: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” SakallBy 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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Carl: I have already given him the best, knowing he is German and would take it anyway.
Judy Jones: Oh not him... the other one.
Gabriel Popik: Throw him back!
Felix Bassenak: Catastroph!
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