( 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
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