Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Lee Wallace Biography (1930-)
Born Leo Melis, July 15, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Eddie and Celia (Gross) Melis; married Marilyn Chris (an actress), December 14, 1974; children: Paul Christopoulos. Addresses: HOME--175 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10024. AGENT--Monty Silver Agency, 200 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.
- Birth Details
- July 15, 1930
- Brooklyn, New York, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Young man, A Flag Is Born, Joan of Arc Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT--Pandalevski and Bizimionkov, The Journey of the FifthHorse, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1966.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Ted, "Eli, the Fanatic" in Unlikely Heroes, Plymouth Theatre, 1970.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Siward, Macbeth, New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), Mobile Theatre, New York City, 1966.
- Vershinin, The Three Sisters, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1968.
- Gabe, Saturday Night, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1968.
- Mike, A Teaspoon Every Four Hours, American National Theatre and AcademyTheatre, New York City, 1969.
- Sergeant Brisbey, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, NYSF, Public Theatre, New York City, 1971.
- Hickey, The Iceman Cometh, Long Wharf Theatre, 1971.
- Roy Wild, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1972.
- Jake, Molly, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Inspector for the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Zalman, or the Madness of God, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1976.
- Irving Buxbaum, Some of My Best Friends, Longacre Theatre, New York City,1977.
- Niall Scringeour, Curtains, T. Screiber Theatre, New York City, 1977.
- Henry Leider, Elephants, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1982.
- Morris, Goodnight, Grandpa, Entermedia Theatre, New York City, 1983.
- Harry, Grind, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1985.
- Phil Lehman, Self Defense, Long Wharf Theatre, 1987.
- Also appeared in The Shepherd of Avenue B, Fortune Theatre, New York City, 1970; Uncle Vanya, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1981; Booth Is Back in Town, Forum Theatre, New York City; Awake and Sing! and An Evening withGarcia Lorca, both Off-Broadway productions; title role, In the Matter of J.Robert Oppenheimer, Atlanta Municipal Theatre, Atlanta, GA; Orgon, Tartuffe,American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Lopahin, The Cherry Orchard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA; The Servant of Two Masters, Death of a Salesman, and Antigone, all American Conservatory Theatre; Max,The Homecoming, Gregory Solomon, The Price, Sade, Marat/Sade, Henry II, Lionin Winter, John Cleary, The Subject Was Roses, Dunois, Saint Joan, and Pat,The Hostage, all regional theatre productions.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Director, Uncle Vanya, T. Schreiber Studio, New York City, 1974.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Irene, U.S. cities.
- Laugh a Little, Cry a Little, U.S. cities.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Nate Goldfarb, Klute, Warner Brothers, 1971.
- Dr. Strauss, The Hot Rock (also known as How to Steal a Diamond in Four Easy Lessons), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972.
- the Mayor, The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three, United Artists, 1974.
- Mr. Knowlton, The Happy Hooker, Cannon, 1975.
- Harry, Thieves, Paramount, 1977.
- Mr. Waxman, Private Benjamin, Warner Brothers, 1980.
- Oskar Kohn, War and Love, Cannon, 1985.
- Dr. Herbert A. Morrison, Nuts, Warner Brothers, 1987.
- Also appeared in The Children's War.
- PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; MINI-SERIES "Concealed Enemies," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984.
- Anesthesiologist, A Doctor's Story, NBC, 1984.
- Whitney, The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.
- manager, Kate and Allie, CBS, 1987.
- Also "Blessings," Visions, PBS; Lou Grant, CBS; Kojak, CBS.
- Dr. Chisholm, Long Journey Back, ABC, 1978.
- Sam Blumenkrantz, And Baby Makes Six, NBC, 1979.
- Hoskins, The Child Stealer, ABC, 1979.
- Samuel Goldwyn, Moviola: This Year's Blonde, NBC, 1980.
- Sam Blumenkrantz, Baby Comes Home, CBS, 1980.
- Dr. Jules Farber, World War III, NBC, 1982.
- Chief Barnes, Kojak: The Price of Justice, CBS, 1987.
- Journey of the Fifth Horse, WNET.