Milton Selzer

Milton Selzer (October 25, 1918 – October 21, 2006) was an American stage, film, and television actor.

Milton Selzer
Marnie (1964) trailer 16.jpg
Milton Selzer & Tippi Hedren in Marnie - trailer (cropped screenshot)
Born(1918-10-25)October 25, 1918
DiedOctober 21, 2006(2006-10-21) (aged 87)
OccupationFilm, stage, television actor
Years active1954–1995
Alice Hickox
(m. 1953; his death 2006)
ChildrenEthan Selzer

Early lifeEdit

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Selzer and his family moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where he was raised. After graduating from Portsmouth High School, he attended the University of New Hampshire before serving in World War II.[1] After the war, Selzer moved to New York to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The New School.


Selzer's acting career began with small parts on Broadway. After moving to Hollywood in 1960, he began a prolific career as a character actor making many guest appearances in film and television.[2]


Selzer's Broadway credits include Tiger at the Gates (1955), Once Upon a Tailor (1954), Arms and the Man (1950), and Julius Caesar (1950).[3]


Selzer's many television roles included appearances on The Twilight Zone, where he portrayed an alien in "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby", and as the miserly son-in-law in "The Masks". He appeared as Dr. Nobel in an episode of Have Gun Will Travel, He appeared in an episode of The Asphalt Jungle in 1961. In 1962 he portrayed an angel - Anthology/The Twilight Zone. He made two memorable guest appearances on Perry Mason; in 1963 he played defendant and title character Dr. Aaron Stuart in "The Case of the Decadent Dean," and in 1964 he played murder victim Dr. Max Taylor in "The Case of the Bullied Bowler".[1]

From 1965–67, he made seven guest appearances as Professor Parker in Get Smart followed by roles on That Girl, The Rat Patrol, Hogan's Heroes, and The Bold Ones: The Protectors. In the many crime shows of the 1960s and 1970s, Selzer would often portray unsympathetic characters who would also possess sad and often pathetic qualities. He was a regular on the 1973 situation comedy Needles and Pins as Julius Singer.[1]

He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1995 television film Cagney & Lacey: Together Again.[1]


Selzer's film career includes roles in The Young Savages (1961) opposite Burt Lancaster, In Enemy Country (1968), The Buddy System (1984) and Sid and Nancy (1986).[1]


On October 21, 2006, four days before his 88th birthday, Selzer died of pulmonary complications.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Last Mile Peddie
1960 North to Alaska Salvation Army Player Uncredited
1961 The Young Savages Dr. Walsh
1963 The Yellow Canary Vecchio
1964 Marnie Man at Track
1965 The Cincinnati Kid Sokal
1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady Fleeson Alternative title: Big Deal at Dodge City
1968 In Enemy Country Bartowski
1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare Bart Langner
1971 Blood and Lace Harold Mullins
1972 Lady Sings the Blues The Doctor
1975 Hey, I'm Alive Glen Sanders
1977 Another Man, Another Chance Miller Uncredited
1978 Capricorn One Dr. Roger Burroughs
1978 Blue Collar Sumabitch
1978 The Evil The Realtor
1980 Raise the Titanic Dr. Vogel Uncredited
1984 The Buddy System Landlord
1986 Sid and Nancy Grandpa
1987 Walker Judge
1988 Tapeheads Merlin Hinkle
1988 Shoot to Kill Mr. Berger Alternative title: Deadly Pursuit


Year Title Role Notes
1954–1955 You Are There Demosthenes / General Knox / French Prisoner / Mahatma Gandhi 3 episodes
1954–1957 Studio One 2nd Guard / Gerald / Drunk / Harold Rich / Mr. Weston 6 episodes
1958–1959 Playhouse 90 Fernando / Second Convict 3 episodes
1959–1960 Sunday Showcase Julian Blumberg 3 episodes
1960–1970 Gunsmoke Albert Schiller / Pa Hack / Painter / Jezra 4 episodes
1961 The Asphalt Jungle The Professor - Doc Stehlmeyer / Lou Gordon 2 episodes
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Ozzie Episode: "Act of God"
1961–1962 The Untouchables Harry Garden, Jason Fiddler, Maxie Schram, Alan Sitkin 4 episodes
1961–1962 Have Gun – Will Travel Dr. Alfred Nobel / Rabbi Reb Elya 2 episodes
1962 Route 66 Gunther Episode: "From an Enchantress Fleeing"
1962 Stoney Burke Dr. Laird Episode: "The Wanderer"
1962–1964 The Twilight Zone Alien/ Wilfred Harper Episodes: "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" and "The Masks"
1963 Combat! Col. Glinski Episode: "Gideon's Army"
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Dr. Shtallmacher Episode: "The Green Opal Affair"
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Charles Melton Episode: "The Blizzard Makers"
1965 The Fugitive Lou Cartwright / Ben Willoughby 2 episode
1965 A Man Called Shenandoah Captain Crowell Episode: "The Fort"
1965–1966 Get Smart Professor Parker 7 episodes
1966–1967 The Rat Patrol Tobar / Colonel Martin Schweiger 2 episode
1966–1973 The F.B.I. William Sampson / Lou Dubbins / Jordan James Alexander / Mr. Ragatzy / Miller 5 episodes
1967 The Invaders A.J. Richards Episode: "Quantity: Unknown"
1967–1968 Hogan's Heroes Otto Von Krubner, Sgt. Franks 2 episodes
1967–1972 Mission: Impossible Dr. Erich Rojak / Stanley / Inspector Koder / Jan Vornitz 5 episodes
1968–1978 Hawaii Five-0 Ghoriades / Kellman / Sam Green / Tabernash / Ron / Lester Willighby 6 episodes
1969–1973 Mannix Albie / Lt. Maury Strauss / Dave Wright 3 episodes
1971 Green Acres Danny (Bank Robber) Episode: "Star Witness"
1972 Awake and Sing! Myron Berger PBS - TV
1973 Needles and Pins Julius Singer 3 episodes
1974 Barnaby Jones Sam Benson Episode: "The Platinum Connection"
1974 The Bob Newhart Show Principal Brimskill Episode: "A Matter of Principal"
1974 Kojak Consigliere Nathan Davidoff 2 episodes
1975 The Jeffersons Mr. Wexler Episode: "The Good Life Is Bad for Louise"
1975 Barney Miller Murray Grossman (Delicatessen Owner) Episode: "Bureaucrat"
1975–1978 The Rockford Files Irving Rockfelt / Patrick Elber 2 episodes
1976 All in the Family Dr. Seymour Shapiro Episode: "Archie's Operation: Part 1"
1977 The Feather and Father Gang Gardella Episode: "For the Love of Sheila"
1978 The Harvey Korman Show Jake Winkleman 4 episodes
1978–1980 Quincy, M.E. Mr. Avery 2
1980 Little House on the Prairie Elija Pattman Episode: "New Beginning"
1981 The People vs. Jean Harris Dr. Roth Television film
1981 The Adventures of Nellie Bly Dr. Woodville Television film
1982 Lou Grant Claude Cunningham Episode: "Ghosts"
1983 Hill Street Blues Murray Kaplan 2 episodes
1984 Trapper John, M.D. Mr. Trankis Episode: "The Jackpot Pays Off"
1985 Berrenger's Episode: "Maelstrom"
1986 St. Elsewhere Rabbi Tolkien Episode: "Once Upon a Mattress"
1987 L.A. Law Judge Morris Hood 3 episodes
1988 A Year in the Life Max Episode: "Fathers and Other Strangers"
1989–1990 The Famous Teddy Z Abe Werkfinder 20 episodes
1990 MacGyver Itzak 'Izzy' Zimmer
Otto Romburg
2 episodes
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. The Judge Episode: "Doogie Has Left the Building: Part 1"
1992 Miss Rose White Uncle Shimon Television film
1993 Down the Shore Dr. Feldman Episode: "Test of Strength"
1994 Valley of the Dolls Manny Henry 65 episodes
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Larry Episode: "The Big Bingo Bamboozle"


  1. ^ a b c d e f Lentz, Harris M. III (October 24, 2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 335-336. ISBN 978-0786452118. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Ronald M. "Obituaries for November 3, 2006". The Portsmouth Herald. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "("Milton Selzer"". Playbill Vault. Retrieved April 29, 2017.

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