Abraham Sofaer in an episode of the long-running CBS-TV series "Mission: Impossible".
|Date of birth:||1 October 1896|
|Born in:||Rangoon, Burma|
|Died:||21 January 1988(aged 91)|
|Died in:||Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California|
|Appeared on/in:||I Dream of Jeannie|
|Number of |
|Three episodes in TV series|
Abraham Sofaer (1 October 1896 – 21 January 1988) was a veteran character actor, who appeared as Haji, the most powerful and the master of all genies, in three episodes of I Dream of Jeannie. His venerable career in films and then TV lasted for more than six decades, from the silent film era in the 1920s through the early-mid 1970s.
Sofaer was born in Rangoon, Burma. Originally a teacher, his first acting job came in 1931, and he worked steadily, if in small parts, until the early 1970s.
Because of his nationality, Abraham often played many Native American roles and also frequently appeared in science fiction and fantasy projects. He costarred with Arlene Martel (who was billed as Arline Martel) in the "Demon With a Glass Hand" episode of The Outer Limits, which was written by Harlan Ellison and directed by Byron Haskin. He made many guest appearances on television, including such series as Mission: Impossible, two episodes of The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space (starring Bill Mumy), The Twilight Zone and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Sofaer was also noted for his recurring role as Haji, master of all genies in I Dream of Jeannie.
In films, he appeared in Quo Vadis (1951), the Byron Haskin-directed The Naked Jungle (1954), Taras Bulba (1962), the Monkees' movie Head (1968) and Chisum (1970), among others.
Along with Judith Anderson, Morgan Farley, Richard Hale, Anthony Jochim, Felix Locher, Celia Lovsky, Leonard Mudie, Charles Seel, John Warburton, and Ian Wolfe, he is one of only eleven credited Star Trek actors to have been born in the 19th century to appear in any episode or film.