George Tobias (July 14, 1901 – February 27, 1980) was an American actor.
Born to a Jewish family in New York, he began his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. He then spent several years in theater groups before moving on to Broadway and, eventually, Hollywood. In 1939, Tobias signed with Warner Brothers and was cast in supporting roles, many times along with James Cagney, in such movies as Cagney’s Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) as well as with Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941) and Irving Berlin, Ronald Reagan, and George Murphy in This Is The Army (1943).
From 1959 to 1961, Tobias played Penrose in eight episodes of the ABC television series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. Later in the 1960s, he played the long-suffering neighbor, Abner Kravitz, on the ABC sitcom, Bewitched.
Tobias often appeared in an uncredited role as a courtroom spectator on CBS’s Perry Mason. He played Sidney Falconer in the 1964 Perry Mason episode… read more