Mike Mazurki

Biography

Born 25 December 1907, Tarnopol, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Ternopil, Ukraine] Birth Name: Michail Mazuruski Height: 6' 5" (1.96 m) With an intimidating face like craggy granite, and his towering 6'5" solid, frame Mike Mazurki (born Mikhail Mazurski) was one of the cinema's first serial thugs and specialized in playing strong-arm men, gangsters and bullies for over 50 years on screen. Nearly always portrayed as a lowbrow muscle, in real life Mazurski was highly intelligent, very well read and a witty conversationalist. He was also an accomplished sportsman with his ventures in American football and wrestling. He first appeared onscreen in uncredited roles in films such as Gentleman Jim (1942) and About Face (1942);, however, his daunting bruiser looks were soon noticed and he became phenomenally busy in the 1940s, appearing in nearly 50 movies during the decade, including his well remembered performance as ex-con "Moose Malloy" in the film noir thriller Murder, My Sweet (1944), and as the gruesome "Splitface" in Dick Tracy (1945). He continued his menacing onscreen presence throughout the 1950s and 1960s, often showing he could be quite adept at deadpan comedy roles in films including _Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)_, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Donovan's Reef (1963) and The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967). Demand for his talents slowed down in the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, as younger villains came to the fore; however, he still turned up in support roles and was still acting at the age of 83 when he passed away in December, 1990. Died: 9 December 1990, Glendale, California, USA

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Birth Name

Mikhail Mazurkiewicz

Birth Place

Ternópil, Ucrania

Birth Date

12/25/1907

Death Date

12/9/1990
Known For
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The Man Who Died Twice

Rak

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Live Wires

Patsy 'Pat' Clark

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Nightmare Alley

Bruno

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Mysterious Intruder

Harry Pontos

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Killer Dill

Little Joe

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Dakota

Bigtree Collins

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Murder, My Sweet

Moose Malloy

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Hell Ship Mutiny

Ross

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Das verrückte Wildwest Rennen

Crazy Horse

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Mob Boss

Don Taglianeti

Starring In
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Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld

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Dick Tracy

Old Man at Hotel

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Mob Boss

Don Taglianeti

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Amazon Women on the Moon

Dutch (segment "Reckless Youth")

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Doin' Time

Bruno

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...All the Marbles

Referee in Chicago (uncredited)

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Alligator

Gatekeeper (as Michael Mazurki)

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The One Man Jury

Kayo's Handler

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Unsere Lassie

Apollo

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Das verrückte Wildwest Rennen

Crazy Horse

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Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

Studio Guard

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The Centerfold Girls

The Caretaker (segment "The Second Story")

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Which Way to the Front?

Rocky (uncredited)

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

Mountain Ox

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The Disorderly Orderly

Moving Van Passenger (uncredited)

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Cheyenne Autumn

Sr. First Sergeant

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4 for Texas

Chad

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Donovan's Reef

Sergeant Monk Menkowicz

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Five Weeks in a Balloon

Slave Captain

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Zotz

Igor

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The Errand Boy

Blonde 'Movie Siren'

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Pocketful of Miracles

Big Mike

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The Facts of Life

First Husband in Motel Room

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Some Like It Hot

Spats' Henchman

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Alias Jesse James

Dirty Dog Tough (uncredited)

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Buccaneer, The

Tarsus

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The Man Who Died Twice

Rak

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Hell Ship Mutiny

Ross

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Davy Crockett And The River Pirates

(archive footage) (uncredited)

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Comanche!

Flat Mouth

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Man in the Vault

Louie

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Blood Alley

Big Han

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Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

Bigfoot Mason (archive footage)

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Kismet

Chief Policeman

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New York Confidential

Arnie Wendler

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New Orleans Uncensored

Big Mike

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The Egyptian

Foreman, House of Death (uncredited)

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Diez Valientes

Roshko

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Spione, Liebe und die Feuerwehr

Monkara

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L’Immagine meravigliosa

Charles

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Dark City

Sidney Winant

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Night and the City

The Strangler

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Samson and Delilah

Leader of Philistine soldiers

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Abandoned

Hoppe

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Rope of Sand

Pierson

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Two Knights from Brooklyn

Henchman Joe (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Come to the Stable

Sam

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Neptune's Daughter

Mac Mozolla

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The Noose Hangs High

Chuck

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I Walk Alone

Dan

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Relentless

Jake

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Nightmare Alley

Bruno

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Unconquered

Dave Bone

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Sinbad the Sailor

Yusuf

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Killer Dill

Little Joe

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Mysterious Intruder

Harry Pontos

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Live Wires

Patsy 'Pat' Clark

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Dick Tracy, Detective

'Splitface'

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Dakota

Bigtree Collins

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The Spanish Main

Erik Swaine

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The Horn Blows at Midnight

Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty

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The Thin Man Goes Home

First Man Outside Barber Shop (uncredited)

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Murder, My Sweet

Moose Malloy

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The Princess and the Pirate

Pirate (uncredited)

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Das Gespenst von Canterville

Metropolus

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Summer Storm

Tall Policeman Bending Over Petroff (uncredited)

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It Ain't Hay

Bouncer (uncredited)

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Swing Fever

Wrestler (uncredited)

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Lost Angel

Fighter (uncredited)

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The Moon and Sixpence

Tough Bill (uncredited)

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Gentleman Jim

Jake Kilrain (uncredited)

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The Shanghai Gesture

The Coolie

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In Blinder Wut

Security Force Applicant (uncredited)

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Belle of the Nineties

New Orleans Audience Admirer (uncredited)

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