Arnold Moss

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15 December 1910 Brooklyn, New York, USA
Given Arnold Moss' aristocratic bearing, perfect diction and resounding bass voice, it's not hard to believe that he was an experienced Shakespearean stage actor. It's quite a bit harder to believe that he was born in Brooklyn, not London, but that's where he's from. An extremely well educated man--Phi Beta Kappa, a Master's degree in French and a PhD in theater--he had originally planned to become a teacher, but the acting bug bit him and he headed for a career on the stage, eventually starting his own Shakespearean company. His stage training, and that remarkable voice, guaranteed him steady employment on radio, where he spent many years writing as well as acting. He made his film debut in 1946, and specialized in urbane villainy in the manner of George Macready, playing everything from Arab chieftains to Mexican bandits to Indian maharajahs over his career, and did much television work from the early 1950s onward. He died of lung cancer in New York in 1989.
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