Gender
Male
Born
Apr 14, 1919
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died
Aug 10, 2015
Yorktown Heights, New York, USA
Stage Manager Producer Production Staff Production Crew
Also Known As
Biff Liff
Relations
Uncle of
Vincent G. Liff
Comments
Biography: Samuel "Biff" Liff was born on April 14, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts to Morris Liff and Rose Liff. He studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University. He served as a captain in the United States Army in Chicago during World War II. He stage managed and was an associate producer on several Broadway shows. He then became the head of William Morris Agency's theater department in 1973. He managed many distinguished performers such as Julie Andrews, Chita Rivera, and Angela Lansbury. He served on the nominating committee of the Tony Awards. He married Arlene Liff.

TV Credit: "Personal Album"

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on August 14, 2015.
  • CREDITS
    Tricks (Jan 08, 1973 - Jan 13, 1973)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Sugar (Apr 09, 1972 - Jun 23, 1973)
    • Production Associate: Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Moonchildren (Feb 21, 1972 - Mar 04, 1972)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Vivat! Vivat Regina! (Jan 20, 1972 - Apr 29, 1972)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    The Philanthropist (Mar 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Four on a Garden (Jan 30, 1971 - Mar 20, 1971)
    • House of Dunkelmayer
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
    • Betty
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
    • Toreador
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
    • The Swingers
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan 20, 1971 - Mar 13, 1971)
    • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyRevival
    Child's Play (Feb 17, 1970 - Dec 12, 1970)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Private Lives (Dec 04, 1969 - May 30, 1970)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedy Romantic ComedyRevival
    The Penny Wars (Oct 15, 1969 - Oct 18, 1969)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    A Patriot for Me (Oct 06, 1969 - Nov 15, 1969)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Play It Again, Sam (Feb 12, 1969 - Mar 14, 1970)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Forty Carats (Dec 26, 1968 - Nov 07, 1970)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Promises, Promises (Dec 01, 1968 - Jan 01, 1972)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Rockefeller and the Red Indians (Oct 24, 1968 - Oct 26, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    The Seven Descents of Myrtle (Mar 27, 1968 - Apr 20, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    The Happy Time (Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    How Now, Dow Jones (Dec 07, 1967 - Jun 15, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Oct 16, 1967 - Oct 19, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Keep It In the Family (Sep 27, 1967 - Sep 30, 1967)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Astrakhan Coat (Jan 12, 1967 - Jan 28, 1967)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    Breakfast at Tiffany's (Never Officially Opened - Dec 14, 1966)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalOriginal
    Don't Drink the Water (Nov 17, 1966 - Apr 20, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Oct 19, 1966 - Oct 26, 1966)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    The Loves of Cass McGuire (Oct 06, 1966 - Oct 22, 1966)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Feb 16, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
    PlayDrama Play with musicOriginal
    Cactus Flower (Dec 08, 1965 - Nov 23, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Inadmissible Evidence (Nov 30, 1965 - Apr 23, 1966)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    Oliver! (Aug 02, 1965 - Sep 25, 1965)
    • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedy DramaOriginal
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    I Was Dancing (Nov 08, 1964 - Nov 21, 1964)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    A Severed Head (Oct 28, 1964 - Nov 21, 1964)
    • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Hello, Dolly! (Jan 16, 1964 - Dec 27, 1970)
    • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
      • Replacement
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    The Girl Who Came to Supper (Dec 08, 1963 - Mar 14, 1964)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalOriginal
    The Lady of the Camellias (Mar 20, 1963 - Mar 30, 1963)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    PlayOriginal
    Moby Dick (Nov 28, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962)
    • Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Bravo Giovanni (May 19, 1962 - Sep 15, 1962)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalOriginal
    My Fair Lady (Mar 15, 1956 - Sep 29, 1962)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedy Romantic ComedyOriginal
    The Matchmaker (Dec 05, 1955 - Feb 02, 1957)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff [August]
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Lunatics and Lovers (Dec 13, 1954 - Oct 01, 1955)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    PlayFarceOriginal
    By the Beautiful Sea (Apr 08, 1954 - Nov 27, 1954)
    • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    The Little Hut (Oct 07, 1953 - Oct 31, 1953)
    • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    My Darlin' Aida (Oct 27, 1952 - Jan 10, 1953)
    • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalOriginal
    Dear Barbarians (Feb 21, 1952 - Feb 24, 1952)
    • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Nina (Dec 05, 1951 - Jan 12, 1952)
    • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Dec 08, 1949 - Sep 15, 1951)
    • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Along Fifth Avenue (Jan 13, 1949 - Jun 18, 1949)
    • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
    MusicalRevueOriginal
    Hello, Dolly! (May 25, 1971 - Jul 24, 1971)
    • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Play It Again, Sam (Sep 15, 1970 - Feb 27, 1971)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Forty Carats (Sep 29, 1969 - Mar 13, 1971)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
    I Do! I Do! (Sep 11, 1969 - Jun 21, 1970)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    I Do! I Do! (Apr 08, 1968 - Feb 23, 1969)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Hello, Dolly! (Nov 14, 1967 - Feb 24, 1968)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Cactus Flower (Aug 01, 1967 - Mar 01, 1969)
    • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
    PlayComedyOriginal
  • AWARDS

    Tony Award®

    Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre

    2006 | Recipient
    Samuel Liff
Tricks (Jan 08, 1973 - Jan 13, 1973)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Sugar (Apr 09, 1972 - Jun 23, 1973)
  • Production Associate: Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Moonchildren (Feb 21, 1972 - Mar 04, 1972)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Vivat! Vivat Regina! (Jan 20, 1972 - Apr 29, 1972)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
The Philanthropist (Mar 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Four on a Garden (Jan 30, 1971 - Mar 20, 1971)
  • House of Dunkelmayer
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
  • Betty
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
  • Toreador
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
  • The Swingers
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan 20, 1971 - Mar 13, 1971)
  • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
PlayComedyRevival
Child's Play (Feb 17, 1970 - Dec 12, 1970)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayDramaOriginal
Private Lives (Dec 04, 1969 - May 30, 1970)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedy Romantic ComedyRevival
The Penny Wars (Oct 15, 1969 - Oct 18, 1969)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
A Patriot for Me (Oct 06, 1969 - Nov 15, 1969)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayDramaOriginal
Play It Again, Sam (Feb 12, 1969 - Mar 14, 1970)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Forty Carats (Dec 26, 1968 - Nov 07, 1970)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Promises, Promises (Dec 01, 1968 - Jan 01, 1972)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Rockefeller and the Red Indians (Oct 24, 1968 - Oct 26, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
The Seven Descents of Myrtle (Mar 27, 1968 - Apr 20, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
The Happy Time (Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
How Now, Dow Jones (Dec 07, 1967 - Jun 15, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Oct 16, 1967 - Oct 19, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Keep It In the Family (Sep 27, 1967 - Sep 30, 1967)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
The Astrakhan Coat (Jan 12, 1967 - Jan 28, 1967)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Never Officially Opened - Dec 14, 1966)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalOriginal
Don't Drink the Water (Nov 17, 1966 - Apr 20, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Oct 19, 1966 - Oct 26, 1966)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
The Loves of Cass McGuire (Oct 06, 1966 - Oct 22, 1966)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Feb 16, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
  • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
PlayDrama Play with musicOriginal
Cactus Flower (Dec 08, 1965 - Nov 23, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Inadmissible Evidence (Nov 30, 1965 - Apr 23, 1966)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
Oliver! (Aug 02, 1965 - Sep 25, 1965)
  • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
MusicalComedy DramaOriginal
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
I Was Dancing (Nov 08, 1964 - Nov 21, 1964)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
A Severed Head (Oct 28, 1964 - Nov 21, 1964)
  • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Hello, Dolly! (Jan 16, 1964 - Dec 27, 1970)
  • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
    • Replacement
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Girl Who Came to Supper (Dec 08, 1963 - Mar 14, 1964)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalOriginal
The Lady of the Camellias (Mar 20, 1963 - Mar 30, 1963)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
PlayOriginal
Moby Dick (Nov 28, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962)
  • Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayDramaOriginal
Bravo Giovanni (May 19, 1962 - Sep 15, 1962)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalOriginal
My Fair Lady (Mar 15, 1956 - Sep 29, 1962)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalComedy Romantic ComedyOriginal
The Matchmaker (Dec 05, 1955 - Feb 02, 1957)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff [August]
PlayComedyOriginal
Lunatics and Lovers (Dec 13, 1954 - Oct 01, 1955)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
PlayFarceOriginal
By the Beautiful Sea (Apr 08, 1954 - Nov 27, 1954)
  • Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Little Hut (Oct 07, 1953 - Oct 31, 1953)
  • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
My Darlin' Aida (Oct 27, 1952 - Jan 10, 1953)
  • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalOriginal
Dear Barbarians (Feb 21, 1952 - Feb 24, 1952)
  • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Nina (Dec 05, 1951 - Jan 12, 1952)
  • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Dec 08, 1949 - Sep 15, 1951)
  • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Along Fifth Avenue (Jan 13, 1949 - Jun 18, 1949)
  • Stage Manager: Samuel Liff
MusicalRevueOriginal
Hello, Dolly! (May 25, 1971 - Jul 24, 1971)
  • Production Supervisor: Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Play It Again, Sam (Sep 15, 1970 - Feb 27, 1971)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
Forty Carats (Sep 29, 1969 - Mar 13, 1971)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal
I Do! I Do! (Sep 11, 1969 - Jun 21, 1970)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
I Do! I Do! (Apr 08, 1968 - Feb 23, 1969)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Hello, Dolly! (Nov 14, 1967 - Feb 24, 1968)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
MusicalComedyOriginal
Cactus Flower (Aug 01, 1967 - Mar 01, 1969)
  • Associate Produced by Samuel Liff
PlayComedyOriginal

Tony Award®

Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre

2006 | Recipient
Samuel Liff

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