Alfred Sandor (November 5, 1918 – September 22, 1983), born Alfred Sandwina, and billed early in his career as Al Sandwina, was a Hungarian-born American and Australian character actor and singer. He was also credited as Al Sander and Al Sandor.
November 5, 1918
|Died||September 22, 1983 (aged 64)|
|Occupation||Actor and Singer|
Early life and careerEdit
Sandor was born in Budapest during the turmoil of the Hungarian Revolutions and Interventions, He spent his early years travelling with the circus, where his mother, Katie Sandwina, was a circus strongwoman, and he had a background as a ringmaster. After a brief career working as a boxer in New York City, he found himself working as a spy behind enemy lines during World War II, for the Counter Intelligence Agency of the US Army.
After World War II he returned to America, where he established himself as an actor, appearing in Broadway productions and musical theatre. On US television he appeared on The Phil Silvers Show, in a single episode of Dark Shadows in 1968 (playing Sheriff George Patterson) and on Our Five Daughters. His theatre work included Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, and Gypsy opposite Ethel Merman His film work included The Return of Captain Invincible.
Sandor later travelled to Australia (where he would take up citizenship), to appear in a touring production of Plaza Suite, the play The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Lorraine Bayly and Mona Richardson), and he appeared in the film Nickel Queen, whilst doing television work with roles in Number 96, Division 4, Boney and The Evil Touch. However, he would become best known for his long-running role as the "dandy" surgeon Dr. Raymond Shaw in the Australian television soap opera The Young Doctors. An original cast member of the serial, he continued in the role for six years, leaving around 20 episodes before the end.
After suffering from ill health for some time, he died from lung cancer in Sydney, Australia in 1983, aged 64.