Woodrow Parfrey in Dirty Harry | 1971
Clip Name: The Robbery
About this actor
Woodrow Parfrey (October 5, 1922 – July 29, 1984) was an American film and television actor from the 1950s to the early 1980s. Parfrey was noted for bringing "a quirky charisma to every role he played, from shopkeepers to space-age simians". He appeared on Broadway in Advise and Consent (1961). Born as Sydney Woodrow Parfrey on October 5, 1922 in New York City, he was orphaned as a teenager. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and was wounded and captured by the Germans. He married Rosa Ellovich and trained under acting teacher Erwin Piscator at the New School for Social Research. Parfrey acted almost entirely on Broadway or regional stage in the late 1940s and 50s, turning to TV and film substantially in the 60s. Though usually a supporting player, he played many focal TV guest-star roles, mainly in the late 60s when fantasy and spy shows relied heavily on distinctive guest players. He appeared five times on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., more than any other guest star...