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Leon/Biff "Leon Shalek" Shalek/Elliot

Leon/Biff "Leon Shalek" Shalek/Elliot

Male 1923 - 2012  (89 years)    Has 10 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Gender Male 
    Born Jul 26, 1923  Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Massachusetts Birth Index 1860-1970 of Leon Shalek
    Massachusetts Birth Index 1860-1970 of Leon Shalek
    1930 United States Federal Census 1930  26 Francis Street, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WW_II Enlistment Feb 02, 1943  Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Aug 15, 2012  Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BIFF ELLIOT
      July 23, 1923 - August 15, 2012

      Biff Elliot, actor, acting coach and radio sportscaster, has died at his home in Studio City, at the age of 89.

      He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and served in the Army during World War II, before attending the University of Maine. After graduation he and his wife, Elizabeth Dole "Betty" moved to New York. Biff worked in live television before being brought to Hollywood to play the role of detective Mike Hammer in the first Mickey Spillane movie, "I the Jury" in 1953.

      Biff had a long career in films and television. His movies included That's Life, Save the Tiger, PT109, Good Morning Miss Dove, and House of Bamboo. He appeared in several movies for television as well as in many of the major TV series. These included Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Starman, CHIPS, Planet of the Apes, Cannon, The F.B.I., Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hawaiian Eye, Route 66, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason and Lux Video Theatre. He was a member of AFTRA, Screen Actors Guild and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

      Preceding him in death were his parents, Israel and Susan Shalek; his brothers, Stanley Shalek and Win Elliot; as well as his first wife, Betty. Biff is survived by his wife, Connie; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Lionel.

      There will be no funeral. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to Actors and Others for Animals, the Actors Fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, or a charity of your choice .
      Published in Los Angeles Daily News on August 17, 2012
    Age 89 years 
    Cremated Aft Aug 15, 2012  Westwood Memorial Park (Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, Sunset Cemetery), 1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Biff Elliot (1923 - 2012) Find A Grave Memorial
    Biff Elliot (1923 - 2012) Find A Grave Memorial
    Siblings 3 siblings 
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    Person ID I1145  MyMispoche
    Last Modified Dec 26, 2016 

    Father Ancestors Israel Michael "Jack" Shalek
              b. Apr 24, 1892, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Mar 26, 1967, Golden Gate Motel, 19400 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Dade County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Susan Miriam Bernstein
              b. May 27, 1893, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Jul 31, 1975, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, 1200 Centre Street, Roslindale, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Dec 11, 1913  Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Marriage Index of Israel Shalek
    Marriage Index of Israel Shalek
    Massachusetts Marriage Record of Israel Shalek and Susan Bernstein
    Massachusetts Marriage Record of Israel Shalek and Susan Bernstein
    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 1 Elizabeth A. "Betty" Dole
              b. Feb 10, 1928
              d. Mar 22, 1974, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married Dec 19, 1948  Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Age at Marriage He was 25 years and 5 months - She was 20 years and 10 months 
    Last Modified Aug 15, 2017 
    Family ID F650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 2 Constance Bandy
              b. Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Jun 29, 1977  Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    Marriage Index of Leon Shalek and Biff Elliot
    Marriage Index of Leon Shalek and Biff Elliot
    Marriage Index of Biff Elliot and Constance Bandy
    Marriage Index of Biff Elliot and Constance Bandy
    Age at Marriage He was 53 years and 11 months - She was ?? 
    Last Modified Jul 29, 2016 
    Family ID F649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jul 26, 1923 - Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1930 United States Federal Census - 1930 - 26 Francis Street, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWW_II Enlistment - Feb 02, 1943 - Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Dec 19, 1948 - Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jun 29, 1977 - Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aug 15, 2012 - Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S818] Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1860-1970 (C)
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Leon Shalek Birth Date: 1923 Birth Place: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA Volume Number: 619 Page Number: 103 Index Volume Number: Index Reference Number: F63.M362 Index
    2. [S665] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 (S|C)
      Details:
      National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, 2005;
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Leon Shalek Birth Year: 1923 Race: White, citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: Massachusetts State of Residence: Maine County or City: Aroostook Enlistment Date: 2 Feb 1943 Enlistment State: Maine Enlistment City: Bangor Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Education: 4 years of high school Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 68 Weight: 148
    3. [S806] Find a Grave (S|C)
      Details:
      http://www.findagrave.com/;
      Citation:
      Text:  Birth: Jul. 26, 1923 Lynn Essex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Aug. 15, 2012 Studio City Los Angeles County California, USA Actor. Born Leon Shalek, the son of a former semi-pro baseball player-turned manufacturer of a canvas bag business, he moved with his parents and two older brothers to Maine when he was sixteen. Sports became an important part of his life during this period, initially boxing. He was good enough to achieve North Maine Champion, however his mother intervened and put an end to this aspect of his athletics. During the rest of his high school years, he participated in baseball and was a standout long-distance runner. He enrolled at the University of Maine and played collegiate football, prior to serving as an infantry man in the United States Military whom he served with in Italy during World War II. Upon returning home, he resumed studying Journalism at Maine and following graduation in 1949, he went to New York in search of opportunities as a writer. This never came to fruition. Elliot pursued acting as an alternative and since he had some stage experience while in college, he had a familiarity with the field. With assistance from the Actors' Studio and some patience, he was able to land roles on live episodes of the TV programs "Lights Out" and "Kraft Theatre". He made an impressionable film debut playing Mike Hammer in Mickey Spillane's "I, the Jury" (1953) and followed this with "House of Bamboo" (1955), "The Enemy Below" (1957), "Pork Chop Hill" (1959) and "PT 109" (1963). To fans of the original "Star Trek" series, he will be remembered for playing Schmitter in the episode "The Devil in the Dark" (1967). Elliot remained active in both TV and films until the mid 1980s. (bio by: C.S.) Family links: Parents: Israel Michael Shalek (____ - 1967) Susan M. Bernstein Shalek (1893 - 1975) Burial: Westwood Memorial Park Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: C.S. Record added: Aug 16, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 95468017
    4. [S494] Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 (C)
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Israel M. Shalek Marriage Date: 1913 Marriage Place: Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
    5. [S821] Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901-1955 and 1966-1970 (C)
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Israel Shalek Marriage Year: 1913 Marriage Place: Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA Volume Number: 621 Page Number: 382 Index Volume Number: 74 Reference Number: F63.M36 v.74
    6. [S585] Maine Marriages, 1892-1996 (S|C)
      Details:
      Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Maine State Archive, Augusta, Maine, 2003;
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Elizabeth A Dole Gender: Female Residence: Brewer, ME Spouse's Name: Leon Shalek Spouse's Gender: Male Spouse's Residence: Presque Isle, ME Marriage Date: 19 Dec 1948 Marriage Place: Maine, USA
    7. [S585] Maine Marriages, 1892-1996 (S|C)
      Details:
      Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Maine State Archive, Augusta, Maine, 2003;
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Elizabeth A Dole Gender: Female Marriage Date: 19 Dec 1948 Marriage Place: Maine, USA Residence Place: Brewer, Maine Spouse Name: Leon Shalek Spouse Gender: Male Spouse Residence Place: Presque Isle, Maine
    8. [S585] Maine Marriages, 1892-1996 (S|C)
      Details:
      Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Maine State Archive, Augusta, Maine, 2003;
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Leon Shalek Gender: Male Marriage Date: 19 Dec 1948 Marriage Place: Maine, USA Residence Place: Presque Isle, Maine Spouse Name: Elizabeth A Dole Spouse Gender: Female Spouse Residence Place: Brewer, Maine
    9. [S768] California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (C)
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Biff Shalek Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1924 Age: 53 Marriage Date: 29 Jun 1977 Marriage Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Spouse Name: Constanc K Bandy Spouse Age: 31
    10. [S768] California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (C)
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Constanc K Bandy Gender: Female Birth Year: abt 1946 Age: 31 Marriage Date: 29 Jun 1977 Marriage Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Spouse Name: Biff Shalek Spouse Age: 53
    11. [S768] California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (C)
      Citation:
      Text:  Name: Leon Shalek Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1924 Age: 53 Marriage Date: 29 Jun 1977 Marriage Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Spouse Name: Leon Elliot Spouse Age: 31