Abraham Sofaer, the dusky-skinned character actor who was seen in roles ranging from prime ministers to Popes in a career that ranged over six decades, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital.
He was 91 and had lived in the Woodland Hills facility for several years, spokeswoman Jean Ferris said.
Born in Rangoon to Burmese-Jewish parents, he originally was a teacher in both Burma and London who at his death had appeared in nearly 50 films and in countless Broadway and British stage productions.
In 1921 he moved his career from the classroom to the stage and made his professional debut with the Charles Doran Shakespeare Co. and his London debut with that same company four years later in "Glorianna."
He also was heard on radio in both Great Britain and the United States and in 1930 first came to the attention of American audiences when he was seen on Broadway as Disraeli in "Victoria Regina."