David Opatovsky (1918 - 1996)

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Nicknames: "David Opatoshu"
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: Died
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About David Opatovsky

David Opatoshu (born David Opatovsky) was an American film, stage and television actor. His father was the Yiddish writer, Joseph Opatoshu.

His career in television began in 1952 and lasted through the 1980s. In the fall of 1953, he played a theatric agent to Ezio Pinza in the NBC situation comedy Bonino. Other costars were Mary Wickes, Chet Allen, and Van Dyke Parks. The series focused upon an Italian American opera singer trying to rear his six children after having been widowed.

He played Anan 7 in the original Star Trek series episode "A Taste of Armageddon", and also co-starred with James Doohan in an episode of The Twilight Zone, entitled "Valley of the Shadow". He guest-starred in the 1964 The Outer Limits episode "A Feasibility Study", and in the 1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Time of the Hawk". On October 30, 1989, fans of the TV series, "Alien Nation", saw Mr. Opatashu star as the Tenctonese ex-slave 'Paul Revere', in the memorable episode, "Night of the Screams".

His first film, The Light Ahead (1939), directed by Henry Felt and Edgar G. Ulmer, is notable for being entirely in Yiddish. Opatoshu gave memorable performances as the savvy homicide detective, Sgt. Ben Miller, in the definitive film noir, The Naked City (1948), produced by Mark Hellinger, and as the Irgun terrorist leader (and Ari Ben Canaan's estranged uncle) in Otto Preminger's 1960 film Exodus.

He appeared on Broadway in The Wall in 1960, and Bravo Giovanni in 1962, and others.

David Opatoshu also wrote the screenplay for the film Romance of a Horsethief (1971), based on a novel by his father, Joseph Opatoshu.

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David Opatoshu's Timeline

January 30, 1918
New York, NY, USA
June 9, 1941
Age 23
May 25, 1979
Age 61
April 30, 1996
Age 78
May 13, 2000
Age 78