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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Thursday, December 04, 2008


George TobiasGEORGE TOBIAS (1901-1980), was known to me as Samantha and Darrin Stevens' neighbor Abner Kravitz on the 60s' television show "Bewitched" long before I learned he'd acted in films, and lots of them, as a character actor. George Tobias played everything well. He did ethnic parts, villains, good pals of heroes, comedic parts and straight dramatic parts in some sixty films, in addition to appearing in scores and scores of television shows. George Tobias began acting at the age of fifteen, on stage in New York City. He later played on Broadway and moved to films in his late thirties, appearing in dramas, comedies and musicals. I haven't seen every film George Tobias ever made, but I recognize him again and again and feel you should, too. He always gives a good performance and those watching movies with me, hear me say, "Oh look, it's George Tobias," along with the qualifier, "You know, Abner Kravitz from "Bewitched"." From this day forth, I hope you'll look for George Tobias and point him out to those you know.

Sergeant York (1941)
Haven't you seen Sergeant York (1941)? He does a stellar performance as Michael T. "Pusher" Ross.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Silk Stockings (1957) As Vassili Markovitch.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) As Si Schribman.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) As Dietz.
The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) As Mr. Fenimore.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Wed, Sept 13, 2006 / 07:23:48 PST