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Sam Jaffe, American actor. Recipient Edgar Allen Poe award, 1950; recipient Academy award nomination, 1950, Emmy award nomination, 1961-1962, Townsend Harris award, 1962, James K. Hacket award, 1971, 125th Anniversary medal City College, CUNY, 1973, Paul Robeson award, 1978, special honor Equity Library Theatre, 1977. Served with United States Army, 1919.


Jaffe, Sam was born on March 10, 1891 in New York City. Son of Bernard and Ada (Steinberg) Jaffe.


Bachelor of Science, City College of New York, 1912. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Drew U., 1983. Dean mathematics Bronx Cultural Institute, 1915-1916.

Tour Washington Square Players Theatre, New York City, 1917-1918. Founder (with George Freedly), curator theatre section New York Public Library, Equity Library Theatre, 1948. Founder (with George Freedly), 1948.

Plays include The Jazz Singer, 1927, Grand Hotel, 1930, The Eternal Road, 1937, A Doll’s House, 1938, The Gentle People, 1939, Merchant of Venice, 1938, 71, King Lear, 1941, Storm in Summer, 1972, A Meeting by the River, 1979. Films include The Scarlet Empress, 1933, Lost Horizon, Gunga Din, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Asphalt Jungle (Venice International award for best male performance 1950), Ben Hur, Battle Beyond the Stars, 1980, Jayne Mansfield, An American Tragedy, 1981, Nothing Lasts Forever, 1983, On the Line, 1983. Television appearances include Ben Casey series (Doctor Zorba), 1961-1965, Playhouse 90, Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, Bonanza, Daniel Boone, Alias Smith and Jones, The Snoop Sisters, The Oath ’74, Hollywood television Theatre, Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T, Harry O, Medical Story, Bionic Woman, 1976, Kojak, 1977, Flying High, 1978, Buck Rogers, 1980, Hour Mag, 1980, Good Morning America, 1981, Love Boat, 1983.


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Served with United States Army, 1919.


Married Lillian Taiz, 1926 (deceased.; married Bettye Louise Ackerman, June 7, 1956.

Bernard Jaffe

Ada (Steinberg) Jaffe

Lillian Taiz

Bettye Louise Ackerman