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Maurice Moscovich

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Maurice Moscovich
Morris Maaskov

(1871-11-23)November 23, 1871
DiedJune 18, 1940(1940-06-18) (aged 68)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active1899–1940
Spouse(s)Rose Moscovich (b.1872 - d. 1944)
ChildrenAnton Maaskoff, Harry Madison, Noel Madison

Maurice Moscovich (November 23, 1871 – June 18, 1940) was a Russian American actor who was well-known for his roles in Yiddish theatre. His 14 films, which he made at the end of his life, include Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator.

Life and career

Maurice Moscovich was born in the former Russian Empire in Odessa. He emigrated to the United States not later than 1897 and performed for decades in the Yiddish theatre in New York and appeared in two 1930 Broadway plays.[1]

In the last four years of his life, Moscovitch played supporting roles in 14 films. With his distinctive accent, he portrayed mostly wise and friendly old men, often with Jewish background. He played a shopkeeper in the highly praised Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) and the art dealer Maurice Cobert in Love Affair (1939) with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. His last film was Charlie Chaplin's Hitler-satire The Great Dictator, in which he played the Barber's friendly Jewish neighbour, Mr. Jaeckel, who flees into exile to his brother.

Maurice Moskovich died at the age of 68, following surgery. At the time of his death, he was playing the role of a dancing master in Dance, Girl, Dance. His role had to be quickly rewritten for actress Maria Ouspenskaya. He is buried with his wife Ruth (1872–1944) at the Beth Olam Cemetery in Hollywood.[2]

Moscovich's son Noel Madison (1897-1975) was also a character actor.


Year Title Role Notes
1936 Winterset Esdras
1937 Make Way for Tomorrow Max Rubens
1937 Lancer Spy Gen. Von Meinhardt
1938 Gateway Grandpa Hlawek
1938 Suez Mohammed Ali
1939 Love Affair Maurice Cobert
1939 Susannah of the Mounties Chief Big Eagle
1939 In Name Only Dr. Muller
1939 Rio Old Convict
1939 The Great Commandment Lamech
1939 Everything Happens at Night Dr. Hugo Norden
1940 South to Karanga Paul Stacco
1940 The Great Dictator Mr. Jaeckel (final film role)


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