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Sam Jaffe

Highest Rated:   100% The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Dunwich Horror (1970)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York
Longtime Hollywood fixture Sam Jaffe (who should not be confused with the actor of the same name) was at various points in his career a talent agent, a studio executive, and a producer. His start in the business, however, was as an office boy for the Paramount-Famous Players-Lasky Company. His brother-in-law, B.P. Schulberg, had a hand in getting the position for the young Jaffe, which quickly proved to be a springboard for his career. He rapidly worked his way through the ranks of the company and became the executive in charge of production, with responsibility over 50 or so projects per year. He switched production companies in the early '30s, going over to Columbia Pictures for a very brief time before starting his own talent agency in the middle part of that same decade. As an agent, he represented the likes of Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, David Niven, Zero Mostel, Richard Burton, and Stanley Kubrick. In the 1950s, with the advent of Senator Joseph McCarthy's UnAmerican Activities investigations, Jaffe's agency suffered a significant drop of business, since many of his clients were under investigation or blacklisted. He was forced to join forces with The Famous Artists Agency and shortly thereafter, in 1959, Jaffe retired from the talent agent business and moved to London. From there, he produced a number of films, as well as becoming well-known as a collector of impressionist art. Sam Jaffe died in early 2000, at the age of 98.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Under The Gun
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Broadway Theatre Archive - Enemies
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever
  • Father Knickerbocker
1984
No Score Yet On the Line
  • Gabacho
1983
No Score Yet West of Hester Street
  • Narrator
1983
45% Battle Beyond the Stars
  • Dr. Hephaestus
1980
No Score Yet Gideon's Trumpet
  • Justice No. 1
1980
66% Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Bookman
1971
No Score Yet The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Actor
1971
17% The Dunwich Horror
  • Old Whateley
1970
No Score Yet Guns for San Sebastian
  • Father Joseph
1968
44% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Technical Advisor
1967
94% Born Free
  • Producer
1966
No Score Yet Damon and Pythias
  • Producer
1962
86% Ben-Hur
  • Simonedes
1959
No Score Yet The Barbarian and the Geisha
  • Henry Heusken
1958
No Score Yet Les Espions (The Spies)
  • American Agent
1957
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale
  • Sam Cooper
1951
95% The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Prof. Barnhardt
1951
97% The Asphalt Jungle
  • Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand
  • Dr. Francis Hunter
1949
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Dr. Romley
1949
76% Gentleman's Agreement
  • Prof. Lieberman
1947
83% 13 Rue Madeleine
  • Mayor Galimard
1947
100% The Fighting Sullivans
  • Producer
1944
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
92% Gunga Din
  • Gunga Din
1939
93% Lost Horizon
  • High Lama
1937
No Score Yet We Live Again
  • Gregory Simonson
1934
86% The Scarlet Empress
  • Grand Duke Peter
1934
No Score Yet Ace of Aces
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs
  • Producer
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • Papa
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
  • Admiral Ricter
  • 1976
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Henry
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Actor
  • 1974
72% Batman
1966-1968
  • Albert A. Aardvark
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Joshua Norton
  • 1966
No Score Yet Ben Casey
1961-1966
  • Dr. David Zorba
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • Archimandrite Ballew
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
  • Bleum

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