Baruch Lumet

Baruch Lumet (Burech Lumet;[1] 16 September 1898 – 8 February 1992) was an American actor best known for his work in the Yiddish theatre.

Baruch Lumet
Born(1898-09-16)September 16, 1898
DiedFebruary 8, 1992(1992-02-08) (aged 93)
Years active1939–1980
Spouse(s)Eugenia Wermus

Early life

Lumet was born in Warsaw, Russian Empire, to a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family.[2][3] He immigrated to the United States with his wife Eugenia Gitl Lumet (née Wermus) and daughter Felicia (1920–1980) in 1922, where his son, film director Sidney Lumet (1924–2011) was born.


Although he appeared alongside his son in the film ...One Third of a Nation... in 1939, the elder Lumet made few film appearances, though he played character roles in two of Sidney's films from the 1960s, The Pawnbroker (1964) and The Group (1966). He also appeared in Woody Allen's comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask, improbably cast as an elderly rabbi with a bondage fetish.

From 1953 to 1960, Lumet was the director of the Dallas Institute of Performing Arts and the Knox Street Theater in Dallas.[4] Among his students there were Jayne Mansfield and Tobe Hooper.


Year Title Role Notes
1939...One Third of a Nation...Mr. Rosen
1950Cody of the Pony ExpressFrenchySerial, Uncredited
1959The Killer ShrewsDr. Marlowe Craigis
1962Hemingway's Adventures of a Young ManMorrisUncredited
1962The InternsByrdUncredited
1964The PawnbrokerMendel
1966The GroupMr. Schneider
1972Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to AskRabbi Baumel
1975The Wild PartyTailor



  1. Immigration documents on Burech and Eugenia Gitl Lumet
  2. French, Philip (April 10, 2011). "Sidney Lumet, giant of American cinema, dies at 86 | Film | The Observer". The Observer. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  3. "Finding Aid for the Baruch Lumet Papers, 1955-1983". 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  4. Finding Aid for the Baruch Lumet Papers, 1955-1983. Online Archive of California. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
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