Joseph Wiseman dies at age 91

Joseph WisemanIt’s a sad time in the world of Bond.

Joseph Wiseman, best known for portraying James Bond’s first on-screen nemesis, Dr. No, passed away Monday at age 91 in his home in Manhattan.

Mr. Wiseman’s daughter, Martha Graham Wiseman, confirmed the death, saying that her father had recently been in declining health.

According to the New York Times, Mr. Wiseman’s other film credits include “Detective Story” (1951); “Viva Zapata!” (1952); “The Garment Jungle” (1957); “The Unforgiven” (1960); “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” (1968) and “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” (1974).

He had guest roles on many television shows, among them “Law & Order,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “The Untouchables” and “The Twilight Zone.” In the late 1980s, he had a recurring role as the crime boss Manny Weisbord on the NBC drama “Crime Story.”

On Broadway, Mr. Wiseman was seen most recently, in 2001, as a witness for the prosecution in Abby Mann’s stage adaptation of his film drama “Judgment at Nuremberg.” In 1994, he appeared Off Broadway in the Tony Kushner play “Slavs!” in the role of Prelapsarianov, “the world’s oldest living Bolshevik.”

Dr. No, portrayed  by Mr. Wiseman, is my favorite of the Bond villains, and his legacy will always live on.

Rest in Peace.

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