of the many unsung
character actors we recognize but don't know the name, Arnold Moss was
a gem of an actor best suited for villainy. He was another of the
aristocratic types who were most often cast in such roles as dukes,
earls, counts and the like. He was a Shakespearean actor and they most
often seem to fit that mold. It is very difficult to believe he was a
New Yorker and not of British descent. Of medium height and build with
a stern looking face, baggy, lived-in eyes and one of the most charming
resonant, bass voices in all of show business he created many memorable
Arnold Moss was born on January 28, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York and raised there. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York City College and earned his master's degree in Old French at Columbia with plans of teaching. He later decided upon acting as a career and trained with Eva LaGallienne. He returned to NYU in the 1960s and earned a Ph. D. in theatre. He embarked on a successful stage career and formed his own company the Shakespeare Festival Players. He had an active career in radio acting and writing for such shows as "Inner Sanctum" and "Dick Tracy." He made his film debut in "Temptation" (1946) and later conquered television making him a master of all media. His film credits also included: "The Loves of Carmen" (1948) "Reign of Terror" (1949); "Border Incident" (1949); "Viva Zapata!" (1952); and "Casanova's Big Night" (1954) with Bob Hope.
He narrated for various symphony orchestras occasionally and provided the voice of God for the Chicago Lyric Opera's production of "Paradise Lost." He also worked as staff announcer for CBS radio. The U.S. State Department sent him on a world tour as an ambassador of theatre. He also taught theatre at several universities. His son, Jeffrey Moss, was a writer and co-creator of TV's "Sesame Street." Arnold Moss died on December 15, 1989 in New York City at age 79.