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Leon/Biff Shalek/Elliot "Leon Shalek"

Leon/Biff Shalek/Elliot "Leon Shalek"

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  • Name Leon/Biff Shalek/Elliot 
    Born 26 Jul 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
    Gender Male 
    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 2 Feb 1943  Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 15 Aug 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 15 Aug 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 
    Person ID I1145  MyMispoche
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2016 

    Father Ancestors Israel Michael Shalek "Jack",   b. 24 Apr 1892, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 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. 27 May 1893, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 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 11 Dec 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

    Spouse / Partner 1 Elizabeth A. Dole "Betty",   b. 10 Feb 1928,   d. 22 Mar 1974, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1948  Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner 2 Constance Bandy,   b. Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 29 Jun 1977  Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    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
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Jul 1923 - Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1930 United States Federal Census - 1930 - 26 Francis Street, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWW_II Enlistment - 2 Feb 1943 - Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Dec 1948 - Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jun 1977 - Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Aug 2012 - Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S818] Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1860-1970.
      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, (National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, 2005).
      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, (http://www.findagrave.com/).
      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.
      Name: Israel M. Shalek
      Marriage Date: 1913
      Marriage Place: Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
    5. [S821] Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901-1955 and 1966-1970, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.).
      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 [database online], (Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Maine State Archive, Augusta, Maine, 2003), Dole Elizabeth A.
    7. [S768] California Marriage Index, 1960-1985, (Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.).
      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
    8. [S768] California Marriage Index, 1960-1985, (Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.).
      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
    9. [S768] California Marriage Index, 1960-1985, (Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.).
      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