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 .

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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: Louis Minsky, if you do not now go at once to prevent thy son from bringing my daughter to such ignominy, I shall, as Agnon
[?]
Jacob Schpitendavel: did, raise the finger of righteousness
[raises index finger]
Jacob Schpitendavel: to call down the wrath of heaven.
Vance Fowler: My father, an Episcopal vestryman, used this
[raises pinkie finger]
Vance Fowler: as the finger of righteousness.
Louis Minsky: Bah! And again, Bah! There is no finger of righteousness. This
[raises pinkie and turns it in his ear]
Louis Minsky: is the finger of cleanliness. This
[raises ring finger]
Louis Minsky: is the finger of marital bliss
[points to wedding band]
Louis Minsky: . This
[raises index]
Louis Minsky: is the finger of vengeance. This
[levels middle finger toward Fowler, palm downward]
Louis Minsky: is the finger of meddling in other people's lives
[pokes Fowler in chest with middle finger]
Louis Minsky: . And this
[sticks out thumb]
Louis Minsky: is the finger of transportation. It will get us a taxi to the theater. You speak with the fist of authority, gentlemen, but you do not know your fingers.


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.


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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