Job Actor
Years active 1950-97
Known for Uncompromising and humorless villains
Top Roles Carmish, Felix Ottensteen, Dr. Julius No, Charley Gennini, Fernando Aguirre
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Western, Film Noir
Top TopicsBook-Based, Bible, Prejudice
Top Collaborators , , (Director),
Shares birthday with James Mason, Joseph Cotten, Elmer C. Rhoden  see more..

Joseph Wiseman Overview:

Character actor, Joseph Wiseman, was born on May 15, 1918 in Montreal, Canada. Wiseman died at the age of 91 on Oct 19, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City .


Joseph Wiseman was a Canadian actor who has played uncompromising and humorless villains for more than 30 years. His crook in "Detective Story" and the title character from "Dr. No" were only two of some memorably-etched portraits. But his bad men became less rooted in reality with the passing years, and he did most of his best work in the theater.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Joseph Wiseman Quotes:

Jacob Schpitendavel: I need your help, Louis Minsky. My daughter will not be welcome in my home if she stays the night to dance upon your son's stage. There is a train in 51 minutes. You must tell your son to see she is on it.
Louis Minsky: You see this chair? Tell it to dance. See if it listens. That's how much my Billy listens to me.

Fernando: Cut off the head of the snake and the body will die.

Carmish: You're a stranger in Damascus. I can tell by your beard. And what each stranger hungers to see first is the Tinted Wall. Only a stone's throw away, the Tinted Wall! Let Carmish take you, for as Carmish is known to say, grab hold of the day - who knows if the night will ever come?

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Joseph Wiseman Facts
Started his acting career in summer stock as a teenager and made his Broadway debut in 1938 playing a bit part in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois".

Survived by his daughter and his sister, Ruth Wiseman.

Father of Martha Graham Wiseman.

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