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Hy Anzell

  • Highest Rated: 93% Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% Dead Bang (1989)
  • Birthday: Sep 7, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Widely known as a semi-regular in the films of cinema legend Woody Allen, New York-native Hy Anzell appeared in many of the director's most popular films, including Bananas (1971), Annie Hall (1977), and Radio Days (1987). Although his family initially encouraged him to follow them in the restaurant business, Anzell instead opted to pursue a career on the stage. In 1946, the burgeoning actor made his Broadway debut in a production of the Duke Ellington musical Beggar's Holiday, and though he would soon segue into film and television, stage roles in Oklahoma and Checking Out found him remaining true to his theatrical roots. Though he appeared uncredited in such early efforts as Bengal Brigade (1954) and Party Girl (1958), Anzell's first official big-screen appearance would be for Allen in the director's early comedy Bananas. The two formed a close working relationship and Anzell continued to appear in Allen's films (most notably as Joey Nichols in Annie Hall). The busy actor also had roles in such efforts as Dead Bang (1989), Pacific Heights (1990), and The Cemetery Club (1993). Anzell remained active onscreen until his late-'90s final screen appearances in Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997) and the made-for-TV drama Legalese (1998). Anzell died of natural causes August 23, 2003, in Fresno, CA. He was 79.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet World of Taub Actor 2003
57% The Cemetery Club Al 1993
No Score Yet Crossing the Bridge Manny 1992
46% Pacific Heights Locksmith 1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors Seder Guest 1989
33% Dead Bang Capt. Waxman 1989
No Score Yet Lady Mobster Actor 1988
62% Ironweed Rosskam 1987
89% Radio Days Mr. Waldbaum 1987
No Score Yet The Stone Killer Cab Driver 1973
88% Bananas Patient In Operating Room 1971
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Actor 1968
83% Party Girl Man 1958
No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles) Sepoy 1954

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Homer Fleming
  • 1989
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Mr. Spivak

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