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Sam Wanamaker

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Biography

Chicago, Illinois, USA
Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952. In 1957, he was appointed director of the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, and in 1959 joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon. He produced or directed several works at Covent Garden and elsewhere in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in 1974. Read more...

Actor

Character: Geremio

Give Us This Day 1949

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Character: Chick Eddowes

Mr. Denning Drives North 1952

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The Battle of the Sexes 1959

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Character: Maj. Leon Kaufman

Man in the Middle 1964

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Character: Teddy Benjamin

Private Benjamin 1980

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Character: Andrew Erskine

The Competition 1980

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Character: Kingston Parker

Wild Justice 1994

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Character: Gambon

Killer Rules 1993

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Character: Felix Graff

Guilty by Suspicion 1991

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Character: Grandfather Mendham

Always Remember I Love You 1990

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Character: Hendryk Koopman, Ph.D.

Running Against Time 1990

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Character: David Warfield

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 1987

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Character: Luigi Patrovita

Raw Deal 1986

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Character: Ambassador Arthur Ingram

Embassy 1985

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Character: Major Joe Rankin

Run for Your Life 1965

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Character: Filipenko

Taras Bulba 1962

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Character: Dr. Arcularis

The Wild Wild West 1965

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Character: Dr. Ralph Ames

The Defenders 1961

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Character: Shelly Gould

Judd for the Defense 1967

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Character: Jules Benson

The Law 1974

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Character: Solomon Ithimar, PhD

Thirty-Minute Theatre 1965

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Character: Stanley Goldblum

The Billion Dollar Bubble 1978

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Character: Moe Silverman

Heartsounds 1984

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Character: Actor 'Private Benjamin'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Directing