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Joseph Wiseman

( b. May 15, 1918 Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - d. Oct 19, 2009 New York, New York, USA ) Male

Joseph Wiseman was a longtime stage and screen actor most widely known for playing the villainous title character in "Dr. No," the first feature film about James Bond.

Joseph Wiseman was born in Montreal and moved to the United States with his family when he was a boy. His first Broadway role was in the company of Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1938). Among his many other Broadway credits are Joan of Lorraine (1946), Antony and Cleopatra (1947), Detective Story (1949); The Lark (1955) and the title role in In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (1969).

Released in 1962, "Dr. No" was the first in what proved to be a decades-long string of Bond movies. Starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, the film featured Mr. Wiseman as Dr. Julius No, the sinister scientist who was Bond's first big-screen adversary.

Mr. Wiseman's other film credits include "Detective Story" (1951); "Viva Zapata!" (1952); "The Garment Jungle" (1957); "The Unforgiven" (1960); "The Night They Raided Minsky's" (1968) and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1974).

He had guest roles on many television shows, among them "Law & Order," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Untouchables" and "The Twilight Zone." In the late 1980s, he had a recurring role as the crime boss Manny Weisbord on the NBC drama "Crime Story."

In 1994, he appeared Off Broadway in the Tony Kushner play Slavs! in the role of Prelapsarianov, "the world's oldest living Bolshevik." On Broadway, Mr. Wiseman was seen most recently, in 2001, as a witness for the prosecution in Abby Mann's stage adaptation of his film drama Judgment at Nuremberg.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Judgment at Nuremberg
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Joseph Wiseman [Dr. Wickert]
Mar 26, 2001 - May 13, 2001
The Tenth Man
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Hirschman]
Dec 10, 1989 - Jan 14, 1990
Zalmen or The Madness of God
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Joseph Wiseman [The Rabbi]
Mar 17, 1976 - Apr 03, 1976
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Yakov Bardin]
Nov 09, 1972 - Dec 16, 1972
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [J. Robert Oppenheimer]
Mar 06, 1969 - Apr 20, 1969
Incident at Vichy
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [LeDuc]
Dec 03, 1964 - May 07, 1965
The Duchess of Malfi
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Ferdinand]
Mar 19, 1957 - Apr 07, 1957
The Lark
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Joseph Wiseman [The Inquisitor]
Nov 17, 1955 - Jun 02, 1956
Golden Boy
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Eddie Fuselli]
Mar 12, 1952 - Apr 06, 1952
That Lady
[Play, Drama, Romance, Original]
  • Also Starring: Joseph Wiseman [Juan De Escovedo]
Nov 22, 1949 - Jan 28, 1950
Detective Story
[Play, Drama, Melodrama, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [1st burglar (Charlie)]
Mar 23, 1949 - Aug 12, 1950
Antony and Cleopatra
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Mardian]
Nov 26, 1947 - Mar 13, 1948
Joan of Lorraine
[Play, Drama, History, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Champlain]
Nov 18, 1946 - May 10, 1947
The Barber Had Two Sons
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [2nd German Soldier]
Feb 01, 1943 - Feb 20, 1943
Candle in the Wind
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Corporal Mueller]
Oct 22, 1941 - Jan 10, 1942
Journey to Jerusalem
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [The Beggar, The 2nd Money Changer]
Oct 05, 1940 - Oct 19, 1940
Abe Lincoln in Illinois
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Joseph Wiseman [Ensemble]
Oct 15, 1938 - Dec 1939
1969 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance
winner In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer [winner]
Performer: Joseph Wiseman
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