Milton Selzer
Milton Selzer
Milton Selzer appeared as Sam Gittleman, a Jewish shop owner in the Sanford and Son episode titled "Funny, You Don't Look It", in season six.
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1918-10-25)October 25, 1918
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died October 21, 2006(2006-10-21) (aged 87)
Deathplace: Oxnard, California, U.S.
Years active: 1940-1995
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "Funny, You Don't Look It"' in Sesson 6
Character(s) played: Sam Gittleman
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Milton Selzer (October 25, 1918 - October 21, 2006) played the part of Mr. Sam Gittleman, a Hebrew souveniers shopowner Fred visits when he sends for a fake Jewish crest in the episode "Funny, You Don't Look It" in season six. Milton was an veteran stage, film, and television actor.

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Selzer and his family moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where he was raised. After graduating from Portsmouth (NH) High School, he attended the University of New Hampshire before serving in World War II. After the war, Selzer moved to New York to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The New School. His acting career began with small parts on Broadway, and then later in film and television. After moving to Hollywood in 1960, he began a prolific career making many guest appearances.[1]


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". From 1965 to 1967, 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 70s, Selzer would often portray unsympathetic characters who would also possess sad and often pathetic qualities.

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, Selzer died of pulmonary complications.

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Film Role Notes
1961 The Young Savages Walsh
1964 Marnie Man at track
1965 The Cincinnati Kid Sokai
1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare Bart Langner
1971 Blood and Lace Mr. Mullins
1975 Hey, I'm Alive Glen Sanders
Lady Sings the Blues The Doctor
1978 Blue Collar Sumabitch
Capricorn One Dr. Roger Burroughs
1985 Sid and Nancy Grandpa
1987 Walker Judge
1988 Shoot to Kill Mr. Berger Alternative title: Deadly Pursuit
Tapeheads Merlin Hinkle


Year Title Role Notes
1954–1955 You Are There Various roles 3 episodes
1961 Have Gun Will Travel - A Drop of Blood Reb Elya 1 episode
1961–1962 The Untouchables Various roles 3 episodes
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
1965 The Fugitive Lou Cartwright

Ben Willoughby

2 episode
1965–1966 Get Smart Professor Parker 7 episodes
1967-68 Hogan's Heroes Otto Von Krubner, Sgt. Krebbs 2 episodes
1967–1972 Mission: Impossible Various roles 5 episodes
1968–1978 Hawaii 5-0 Lester Willighby, Sam Green, Taradash, other various roles 6 episodes
1969–1973 Mannix Various roles 3 episodes
1971 Green Acres - in "Star Witness" Danny (Bank Robber) 1 episode
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 The Jeffersons Mr. Wexler 1 episode
1976 All in the Family Dr. Shapiro 1 episode
1977 Sanford and Son Sam Gittleman 1 episode titled "Funny, You Don't Look It"
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
1982 Lou Grant Claude Cunningham 1 episode
1983 Hill Street Blues Murray Kaplan 2 episodes
1984 Trapper John, M.D. 1 episode
1986 St. Elsewhere 1 episode
1987 L.A. Law Judge Morris Hood 3 episodes
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
1994 Valley of the Dolls Manny Henry 65 episodes
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Larry 1 episode


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