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Frederick Edward Sadoff
(October 21, 1926 - May 6, 1994) USA

Fred Sadoff

Actor, director

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Fred Sadoff was born in Brooklyn, New York to Henry and Bertha Sadoff. He got his start as an actor on Broadway in the late 1940s, appearing in South Pacific in the role of "Professor". A life member of The Actors Studio, Sadoff also appeared in Camino Real and Wish You Were Here .

In 1956, he became personal assistant to Michael Redgrave who starred in and directed a production of The Sleeping Prince , and also acted opposite him in the 1958 Audie Murphy film The Quiet American. Sadoff was knew the company resented his presence as an American and, more important, were embarrassed by his very intimate and not particularly discreet relationship with Redgrave.

Sadoff moved to London to form a production company with Redgrave under the name F.E.S. Plays, Ltd. which presented works including The Importance of Being Oscar which had a short run on Broadway in 1961. While in England, he also worked as a director for the BBC and Rediffusion.

Eventually returning to the United States, he found success as an actor in The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 when he was cast as Linarcos, the company representative who ordered Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) full ahead. He also acted in other films, including Papillon (1973), Cinderella Liberty (1973) and The Terminal Man (1974).

On television, he appeared in guest roles on various series. He also acted in several soap operas, including Ryan's Hope , All My Children and Days of Our Lives .

Fred Sadoff died of AIDS-related illness in his home in Los Angeles, California at age 67.

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Sources: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://www.independent.co.uk/

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