Cliff Osmond - biography

Actor from United States of America

Cliff Osmond (born Clifford O. Ebrahim on February 26, 1937) is an American character actor and television screenwriter best known for appearing in films directed by Billy Wilder. A parallel career as an acting teacher coincided with his other activities. Osmond was born in Jersey City's Margaret Hague Medical Center, raised in Union City, N.J. A graduate of Thomas A. Edison grammar school, Emerson High School, and Dartmouth College (BA in English), he received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from UCLA, and advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in Theater History at UCLA. He appeared in four of Billy Wilder's comedies, beginning with Irma la Douce (1963) as the police sergeant. He played the songwriter Barney Millsap in Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), which used new comedic song lyrics by Ira Gershwin set to unused tunes composed by his brother George. Osmond also appeared in two later Wilder films a co-starring role as Purkey opposite Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Fortune Cookie (1966), and The Front Page (1974). Osmond made more than 100 appearances in TV shows or movies between 1962 and 1996. During that period he guest-starred in at least half a dozen  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Clifford O. Ebrahim,Clifford Ebrahim
Date of birth
Place of birth
Jersey City
United States of America
Gretchen Ebrahim
Margaret (Mishi) Eric
Actor, Screenwriter


Year Performance Character
1984 In Search of a Golden Sky
1978 The Great Brain
1975 Sharks' Treasure
1974 The Front Page
1969 The Devil's Eight
1966 The Fortune Cookie
1964 Wild and Wonderful Hercule
1964 Kiss Me, Stupid
0 In Search of a Golden Sky

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