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Arnold Moss (January 28, 1910 – December 15, 1989) was an American character actor. His son was songwriter Jeff Moss.

Arnold Moss
Arnold Moss in The 27th Day trailer.jpg
Arnold Moss as The Alien in a screenshot from the trailer for the 1957 film The 27th Day
Born (1910-01-28)January 28, 1910
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died December 15, 1989(1989-12-15) (aged 79)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1946-1976
Spouse(s) Stella Reynolds (1933-?) (2 children)



Moss made two memorable appearances in Bob Hope films, as Hope's Casablanca contact in the espionage spoof My Favorite Spy and as a conniving Venetian doge in Casanova's Big Night. He played Prospero in Margaret Webster's 1945 production of Shakespeare's The Tempest for a combined total of 124 performances, the longest run of the play in Broadway history.

He played Dr. Fabian in Cabin B-13 on CBS radio in 1948-49, played in Cafe Istanbul on ABC radio in 1952,[1] was Ahmed on Stella Dallas,[2] was Philip Cameron in Against the Storm[3] and was the first voice of the character of Ted White on the radio serial, The Guiding Light, from April 1948 to May 1949. Moss appeared in two science fiction projects, the feature film The 27th Day (1957) as The Alien, and later on television in Star Trek (1966) as mysterious actor Anton Karidian, alter-ego of the tyrannical Gov. Kodos of Tarsus IV, in the episode "The Conscience of the King".

He appeared in the original Broadway production of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, playing impresario Dimitri Weismann. He also played in The Rifleman as the school teacher, Mr. Griswald, and as Chief Lonespear in Bonanza episode "In Defense of Honor" in 1968.


Arnold Moss died from lung cancer aged 79 in New York City on December 15, 1989.

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  1. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.P. 130.
  2. ^ "Friday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 13 (4): 50. February 1940. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Thursday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 14 (2): 48. June 1940. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 

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