Actor Cliff Osmond dies at 75

He appeared in four Billy Wilder films, was also noted acting coach

Actor and noted Hollywood acting coach Cliff Osmond, whose long career included roles in the Billy Wilder films “Irma La Douce,” “Kiss Me Stupid,” “The Front Page” and “The Fortune Cookie,” died Dec. 22 in Pacific Palisades, Calif., after fighting pancreatic battle for four years. He was 75.

Osmond made his first appearances on television in 1962, guesting on shows including “Twilight Zone,” “The Rifleman,” “Dr. Kildare” and “The Untouchables” in that year alone. Other TV credits during the period included “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Wagon Train,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Batman” and “The Flying Nun.”

His first film role was an uncredited bit in the Western epic “How the West Was Won.”

Osmond guested repeatedly on “Gunsmoke” and subsequently appeared on “McMillan & Wife,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “All in the Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Kojak” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

The actor’s film credits also included “Oklahoma Crude” and “Hangar 18.” He made his last screen appearance in the 1996 film “For Which He Stands.”

Osmond also did stage work, drawing awards for appearances in Berthold Brecht’s “Baal” at UCLA and in George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell” in Chicago.

He was also an occasional producer, director and writer who was nominated for a WGA Award for penning an episode of “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Clifford O. Ebrahim was born in Jersey City, N.J. He majored in English at Dartmouth and earned an MBA from UCLA. He also did graduate work in theater history at UCLA.

Survivors include his wife Gretchen (Ebrahim) Osmond; a daughter and a son; and a granddaughter.

Donations may be made to any charity that provides funding to those seeking a cure for pancreatic cancer.

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