Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Nicholas Saunders Biography (1914-)
Born Nikita Soussanin, June 2, 1914, in Kiev, Russia; son of Nicholas (an actor) and Suzanne (Stroemer) Soussanin; married Gedda Petry (an actress), October 22, 1938; children: Lanna, Theodore. Addresses: HOME--175 W. 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023.
- Birth Details
- June 2, 1914
- Kiev, Russia
- STAGE DEBUT--Father, Lady in the Dark, tour of U.S. cities, 1942.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Father, Lady in the Dark, Broadway Theatre, 1943.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Secretary Mason, Magnificent Yankee, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- Counselor Drivinitz, Anastasia, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Mr. Whitmyer, Take Her, She's Mine, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1962.
- Professor Soloviev, The End of All Things Natural, Village South Theatre,New York City, 1969.
- John Kellerman, Unicorn in Captivity, Impossible Ragtime Theatre, New York City, 1978.
- John O'Connor, After the Rise, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1979.
- Mr. Karonk, Scenes and Revelations, Circle in the Square, New York City,1981.
- General Ivoglin, Subject to Fits, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City,1982.
- Ybsgrubber, The Raspberry Picker, American Jewish Theatre, 92nd Street YM-YWHA, New York City, 1982.
- Major Volkov, Zeks, Theatre for the New City, New York City, 1982.
- Uncle Gregory, Blood Moon, Production Company Theatre, New York City, 1983.
- Paul, A Family Comedy, Baldwin Theatre, New York City, 1983.
- Mr. Feather, Energumen, Soho Repertory Theatre, 1985.
- Governor Lamson, The Tavern, Equity Library Theatre, 1987.
- Also appeared in A New Life, Royale Theatre, 1943; Violet, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1944; A Highland Fling, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1944; House in Paris, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1944; Marriage Is for Single People, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1945; Happily Ever After, Biltmore Theatre, 1945; The Fifth Season, Cort Theatre, 1953; Black-Eyed Susan, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1954; Look Back in Anger, Lyceum Theatre, then 41stStreet Theatre, New York City, both 1958; A Call on Kuprin, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1961; Passion of Joseph D, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1964; as Uncle Dvoyetochiye, Summer Folk, New York City, 1983; and American Power Play, Equity Library Theatre, Bruno Walter Auditorium, LincolnCenter, New York City, 1984.
- Appeared as Curtis Metcalf, My Great Dead Sister, Playhouse 46, New YorkCity; David Macomber, Take Me Along, Equity Library Theatre; Ralph Michaelson, Past Tense, Harbor Repertory Theatre, New York City; Joe Keller, All My Sons, Veterans Ensemble Theatre, New York City; Dr. Samoylenko, The Duel, Manhattan Punchline Theatre, New York City; Hugo, The Spider's Web, American PlaceTheatre, New York City; Father Dewis, Buried Child, Actors Studio Theatre, New York City; parish priest, Women of Fortune, St. Clement's Church Theatre; Professor Serrebryakov, The Wood Demon (staged reading), Classic Stage CompanyRepertory Theatre, New York City; H.C., Samuel Pepys, And So to Bed, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada; Fairchild, Sabrina Fair, Civic CenterTheatre, Syracuse, NY, then Elitch Theatre, Denver, CO; Johnny Goodwin, The Fifth Season, Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA; judge, Anatomy of a Murder, United States ambassador, Don't Drink the Water, and Sir Jasper, The Mock Doctor.
- Appeared as Peter Stockmann, An Enemy of the People, Mulka, The Investigation, Monsieur Vernouillet, Celimare, James Harlowe, Sr., Clarissa, and William Marshall, The Little Foxes, all in New York City; in The Rainmaker, GeorgeStreet Playhouse, New Brunswick,NJ; Kiss Me Kate, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ; Never Too Late, Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY; A Step away from War, Women's Project, New York City; Everybody Loves Me, Listen to the Mocking Bird, and Caviar to the General, all in New York City; and with the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Waterford, CT; and the Cape May Playhouse, Cape May, NJ.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Director, The Fifth Season, Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Matthew Harrison Brady, Inherit the Wind, Theatre for Young Audiences tour, New York State schools.
- Owen Wister, Magnificent Yankee, U.S. cities.
- FILM DEBUT--Air Force Major, Fail Safe, Columbia, 1964.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Douglas, Bananas, United Artists, 1971.
- prison doctor, Daniel, Paramount, 1983.
- Also appeared in The Next Man, Allied Artists, 1976; Paradise Alley, Universal, 1978; and Arthur, Warner Brothers, 1981.
- TELEVISION DEBUT--Walter Craig, Craig's Wife, 1947.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Detective Sergeant Ross, Martin Kane--Private Eye, NBC, 1950-52.
- Captain Barker, The Phil Silvers Show, CBS, 1955-59.
- American judge, "A Day at the Movies," and Russian general, "East BerlinJourney," both The Jackie Gleason Show, CBS.
- Big Story, NBC.
- Man against Crime, CBS.
- Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC.
- Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC.
- Lights Out, NBC.
- Suspense, CBS.
- Philco Television Playhouse, NBC.
- Kraft Television Theatre, NBC.
- Secret Storm, CBS.
- Ryan's Hope, ABC.
- Edge of Night, NBC.
- The Guiding Light, CBS.
- As the World Turns, CBS.
- The Doctors, NBC.
- Love of Life, CBS.
- Soviet chairman, The Defection of Simas Kudirka, CBS, 1978.
- Mr. Dumont, Sojourner, CBS, 1975.
- Also governor, Equal and Orderly Justice, PBS; Papa Ozhogin, The Journeyof the Fifth Horse, PBS.
Credits; PRINCIPAL RADIO APPEARANCES
- Russian language announcer for the Voice of America and Radio Liberty.
- (Translator, with Frank Dwyer) The Wood Demon, 1987.
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