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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
Spouse(s)Alice Hickox (1953-2006)
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".

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.

He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1995 television movie Cagney & Lacey: Together Again.


Selzer's film career includes roles in The Young Savages (1961) opposite Burt Lancaster, In Enemy Country (1968), and The Buddy System (1984). He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1995 television movie Cagney & Lacey: Together Again.


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 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
1968 In Enemy Country Bartowski
The Legend of Lylah Clare Bart Langner
1971 Blood and Lace Mr. Mullins
1972 Lady Sings the Blues The Doctor
1975 Hey, I'm Alive Glen Sanders
1977 Another Man, Another Chance Miller Uncredited
Capricorn One Dr. Roger Burroughs
1978 Blue Collar Sumabitch
The Evil The Realtor
1981 Raise the Titanic Dr. Vogel Uncredited
1983 The Buddy System Landlord
1985 Sid and Nancy Grandpa
1987 Walker Judge
1988 Tapeheads Merlin Hinkle
Shoot to Kill Mr. Berger Alternative title: Deadly Pursuit
Year Title Role Notes
1954–1955 You Are There Various roles 3 episodes
1954–1957 Studio One Various roles 6 episodes
1958–1959 Playhouse 90 Various roles 3 episodes
1959–1960 Sunday Showcase Julian Blumberg 3 episodes
1961 Have Gun Will Travel - A Drop of Blood Reb Elya 1 episode
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Ozzie 1 episode
1961 The Asphalt Jungle Lou Gordon 1 episode
1961–1962 The Untouchables Harry Garden, Jason Fiddler, Maxie Schram, Alan Sitkin 4 episodes
1962 Stoney Burke Dr. Laird 1 episode
1962 Route 66 - From an Enchatress Fleeing Gunther 1 episode
1962 The Twilight Zone - "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" Alien #1 1 episode
1963 Combat! Col. Glinski 1 episode
1963 Gunsmoke - "Anybody Can Kill a Marshall" Painter 1 episode
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Charles Melton 1 episode
1964 The Twilight Zone - "The Masks" Wilfred Harper 1 episode
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Dr. Shtallmacher 1 episode
1965 The Fugitive Lou Cartwright / Ben Willoughby 2 episode
1965 A Man Called Shenandoah Captain Crowell 1 episode
1966 The Rat Patrol Col. Martin Schweiger 1 episode
1967 The Invaders A.J. Richards 1 episode
1965–1966 Get Smart Professor Parker 7 episodes
1966–1968 The F.B.I. Various roles 3 episodes
1967-1968 Hogan's Heroes Otto Von Krubner, Sgt. Franks 2 episodes
1967–1972 Mission: Impossible Various roles 5 episodes
1968–1978 Hawaii Five-0 Lester Willighby, Sam Green, Taradash, Ghoriades, other various roles 6 episodes
1969–1973 Mannix Various roles 3 episodes
1971 Green Acres - "Star Witness" Danny (Bank Robber) 1 episode
1973 Needles and Pins Julius Singer Series regular
1974 Kojak Consigliere Nathan Davidoff 2 episodes
1974 The Bob Newhart Show Principal Brimskill 1 episode
1975 The Rockford Files Patrick Elber 1 episode
1975 Barney Miller Murray Grossman (Delicatessen Owner) 1 episode
1975 The Jeffersons Mr. Wexler 1 episode
1976 All in the Family Dr. Shapiro 1 episode
1977 The Feather and Father Gang Gardella 1 episode
1978 The Harvey Korman Show Jake Winkleman 4 episodes
1978 The Rockford Files Irving Rockfelt 1 episode
1978–1980 Quincy, M.E. Mr. Avery 2 episodes
1981 The People vs. Jean Harris Dr. Roth Television movie
1981 The Adventures of Nellie Bly Dr. Woodville
1982 Lou Grant Claude Cunningham 1 episode
1983 Hill Street Blues Murray Kaplan 2 episodes
1984 Trapper John, M.D. 1 episode
1985 Berrenger's 1 episode
1986 St. Elsewhere 1 episode
1987 L.A. Law Judge Morris Hood 3 episodes
1988 A Year in the Life Max 1 episode
1989 The Famous Teddy Z Abe Werkfinder 1 episode
1990 MacGyver Itzak 'Izzy' Zimmer
Otto Romburg
2 episodes
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. The Judge 1 episode
1992 Miss Rose White Uncle Shimon Television movie
1993 Down the Shore Dr. Feldman 1 episode
1994 Valley of the Dolls Manny Henry 65 episodes
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Larry 1 episode


  1. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2007). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 335. ISBN 9780786452118. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Ronald M. "Obituaries for November 03, 2006". The Portsmouth Herald. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  3. ^ "("Milton Selzer" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 29 April 2017.

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