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DiedNovember 12, 2004, Upper Nyack, New York, United States
SpouseCatherine Vagnoni
FactNorman was the son of Lillian (Darev) and John Rose. He was of German Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.

Norman Rose (born October 25, 1925) is an American actor and voice artist. He is best known for his role as Mr. Peterson in the television series The Odd Couple (1970–1975).

Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. His parents were both in their teens when they emigrated to the United States. Rose has two older sisters. He was educated in the New York City public school system.

Rose began his acting career in the 1950s, appearing in such television series as The Phil Silvers Show and The Twilight Zone. He made his film debut in the 1959 comedy Plan 9 from Outer Space. In the 1960s, he appeared in episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Bewitched.

In 1970, Rose was cast as Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple. He played the role for five seasons, until the series ended in 1975.

After The Odd Couple ended, Rose appeared in a number of films and television series, including The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, and Magnum, P.I. He also did voice work for animated series such as The Transformers and G.I. Joe.

In recent years, Rose has appeared in episodes of Hot in Cleveland and Two and a Half Men. He has also done voice work for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Rose is married to actress Barbara Bain. They have two daughters, Tracy and Julie. Bain also appeared with Rose on The Odd Couple; she played Felix Unger’s ex-wife, Gloria.

Rose has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameNorman Rose
DiedNovember 12, 2004, Upper Nyack, New York, United States
ProfessionVoice Actor, Radio personality


SpouseCatherine Vagnoni
ChildrenJohn Rose, Margaret Rose, Elizabeth Rose, Johanna Rose


MoviesThe Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre), This Is America, The Front, Love and Death, The Telephone Book, The Anderson Tapes, Fury on Wheels, Pinocchio in Outer Space, The Joe Louis Story
TV ShowsTennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, The Big Story, The Man Behind the Badge

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1Norman was the son of Lillian (Darev) and John Rose. He was of German Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.
2He co-founded the off-Broadway repertory company New Stages with producer David Heilweil in 1947.
3Children: Margaret, John, Elizabeth, Johanna.
4Was the voice for Juan Valdez for over ten years in the Colombian coffee commercials. He promised "only the ripest of beans".
5Narrator for the first serious science fiction radio show: NBC's "Dimension X" (1950-1951).



Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore1992TV MovieJudge Gold
Law & Order1991TV SeriesEdmonds
Biloxi Blues1988Newsreel Announcer
Radio Days1987Radio Voice (voice)
F.D.R.: The Last Year1980TV Movie
Uchu kara no messeji1978Opening Narrator (uncredited)
The Nutcracker1977/ITV MovieNarrator (voice)
The Front1976Howard's Attorney
Love and Death1975Death (voice, uncredited)
Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?1971Doctor Barkunian
The Telephone Book1971Mr. Smith
The Anderson Tapes1971Longene
The Teaching1970TV MoviePhil Golden
All My Children1970TV SeriesDr. Marcus Polk (early 1970s)
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesDr. Marcus Polk #2 (1969-1974)
War and Peace1966English Narrator
Pinocchio in Outer Space1965voice
The Doctors and the Nurses1965TV SeriesDr. Rand
Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales1963-1964TV SeriesMr. Mad / Narrator / Radio Announcer / ...
The Colossus of Rhodes1961Voice (uncredited)
Naked City1960TV SeriesAbe Ornitz
Mel-O-Toons1960TV SeriesNarrator
Brenner1959TV SeriesDr. Glassman
Decoy1959TV SeriesRico
Harold and the Purple Crayon1959ShortNarrator (voice)
The Violators1957Stephen
Studio One in Hollywood1957TV SeriesSecond Announcer
Robert Montgomery Presents1955-1957TV SeriesAstorg / Dr. Archer
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesAlex Gura (1967)
I Spy1955TV SeriesSchellenburg
The Joe Louis Story1953Lieutenant
Police Story1952TV SeriesNarrator
Goodyear Playhouse1951TV Series
Search for Tomorrow1951TV SeriesMinister (1972)
Lights Out1951TV SeriesHamilton
Hands of Mystery1949TV SeriesNarrator
The Big Story1949TV SeriesNarrator (1954-1955)


America Exposed1991DocumentaryNarrator
How Hitler Lost the War1989Video documentaryNarrator
Born Again: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church1987DocumentaryNarrator
This Is America Part 21980DocumentaryNarrator
A Talent for Life: Jews of the Italian Renaissance1979TV Movie documentaryNarrator
This Is America1977DocumentaryNarrator
Directions1975TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
The Holy Land1973TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Legendary Champions1968DocumentaryNarrator
The Filmmaker1965Documentary short
Only One New York1964DocumentaryNarrator
The Man Behind the Badge1953-1954TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Religious ProgrammingA Talent for Life: Jews of the Italian Renaissance (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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