Arnold Moss

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
DiedDecember 15, 1989(1989-12-15) (aged 79)
Years active1946-1976
Spouse(s)Stella Reynolds (1933-?) (2 children)

Early yearsEdit

Born in Flatbush, Moss was a third-generation Brooklyn native. He attended Brooklyn's Boys High School. His first involvement with acting came when he was in college, after which he joined the Eva Le Gallienne Apprentice Gruup.[1]



Moss was an announcer at two Baltimore, Maryland, radio stations, moving to WCAO in 1931 after having worked at WTAM.[2] In 1932, he was the youngest announcer at CBS.[3]

He played Dr. Fabian in Cabin B-13 on CBS radio in 1948-49, played in Cafe Istanbul on ABC radio in 1952,[4] was Ahmed on Stella Dallas,[5] was Philip Cameron in Against the Storm[6] and was the first voice of the character of Ted White on the radio serial, The Guiding Light, from April 1948 to May 1949.


In the early 1930s, Moss taught speech at the Brooklyn branch of City College of New York.[7]


Moss made two 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.[8] Moss appeared in the feature film The 27th Day (1957) as The Alien.


Moss's stage career began when he acted and directed for Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre, with his first production being Peter Pan (1929).[8] 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 appeared in the original Broadway production of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, playing impresario Dimitri Weismann.

Moss also was narrator for orchestras in Boston, Detroit, and Milwaukee.[8]


Moss appeared in dozens of television programs during the golden age of TV. On November 22, 1950, he starred in "Lord Mountdrago" on Somerset Maugham TV Theatre.[9] He appeared 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 also played in The Rifleman as the school teacher, Mr. Griswald, and as Chief Lonespear in Bonanza episode "In Defense of Honor" in 1968. Other television appearances include The Time Tunnel, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and the anthology series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, General Electric Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Suspense, Tales of Tomorrow, Studio One, and Kraft Theater.

Personal lifeEdit

Moss married Stella Reynolds, an actress who performed with him in the La Gallienne troupe.[1]


Arnold Moss died from lung cancer at his home in New York City on December 15, 1989.[8] He was 79.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "Brooklyn Gives a Teacher to Stage". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. April 21, 1940. p. Trend - Page 7. Retrieved September 14, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ "Shake-Up At WCAO". The Evening Sun. Maryland, Baltimore. April 23, 1931. p. 33. Retrieved September 14, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ Ranson, Jo (February 19, 1932). "Radio Dial-Log". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 21. Retrieved September 14, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 130-131. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-10-04. Cafe Istanbul, foreign intrigue.
  5. ^ "Friday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 13 (4): 50. February 1940. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Thursday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 14 (2): 48. June 1940. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  7. ^ Ranson, Jo (January 4, 1933). "Radio Dial-Log". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 21. Retrieved September 14, 2018 – via  
  8. ^ a b c d "Arnold Moss; Versatile Stage, Film, TV Actor". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. December 19, 1989. p. A 30. Retrieved September 14, 2018 – via  
  9. ^ "Television . . . . . . Highlights of the Week". Detroit Free Press. November 19, 1950. p. 22. Retrieved April 13, 2021 – via

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