Jeff Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the Group Theatre where he worked with Elia Kazan and Clifford Odets. He later moved to Hollywood where she appeared in a series of films including, You'll Find Out (1940), Small Town Deb (1941), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), North to the Klondike (1942), My Friend Flicka (1943), The Killers (1946) and The Gangster (1947). In 1947 the House on Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry. The HUAC interviewed 41 people who were working in Hollywood. These people attended voluntarily and became known as "friendly witnesses". During their interviews they named several people who they accused of holding left-wing views.
Corey worked as a laborer for a while and then went to the University of California at Los Angeles and obtained a degree in speech therapy. After graduating he turned his garage into a stage and started giving acting classes. His students included James Dean, Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda, James Coburn, Barbara Striesand, Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson.
When the blacklisted came to an end he resumed his acting career and appeared in The Yellow Canary (1963), The Balcony (1963), Mickey One (1965), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), In Cold Blood (1967), The Boston Strangler (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Little Big Man (1970). Jeff Corey died on 16th August 2002.
COREY, Jeff (Arthur Zwerling) [8/10/1914, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. – 8/16/2002, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A, (complications from a fall)] – director, songwriter, theater, film, radio, TV actor, married to actress Hope N. Victorson [1919- ] (1938-2002) father of Eve Corey Poling [1943- ], Jane Corey [1946- ], writer Emily A. Corey [1950- ].
The Treasure of the Aztecs – 1965 (Abraham Lincoln)
Catlow – 1971 (Merridew)