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Rolfe Sedan (20 January 1896 – 15 September 1982) was an American character actor. He is best known for appearing in bit parts, often uncredited, usually portraying clerks, train conductors, postmen, cooks, waiters etc.

He began his career in show business as a nightclub and vaudeville performer and began acting in East Coast theater Sedan debuted on Broadway in 1916 and appeared in his first motion picture for Metro Pictures Corporation in 1921.

Sedan became a prolific character actor in films and is probably best remembered by movie buffs as the hotel manager in Ninotchka (1939) starring Greta Garbo; he appeared in an uncredited role in the musical remake of Ninotchka, Silk Stockings (1957). He also made uncredited appearances in several other Garbo films. He appeared in another uncredited role as the Emerald City's Balloon Ascensionist in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He made many uncredited appearances in bit parts in several films starring The Marx Brothers, with somewhat larger parts in Monkey Business (1931) and A Night at the Opera (1935). Sedan returned to Broadway, performing in several different shows during the first half of the 1940s and in the 1950s began a sequence of guest roles in television series such as I Love Lucy, where he played the chef at a Parisian restaurant in "Paris at Last" (episode 145), The Jack Benny Program, and The Tab Hunter Show. Sedan's most frequent TV work came from recurring roles as hapless mail carriers (25 episodes as Mr. Beasley in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show). He was also the train conductor in the film Young Frankenstein (1974), and had bit parts in two other Gene Wilder pictures. Rolfe Sedan remained active throughout a career that spanned more than six decades.


Sedan played Mr. Briggs in The Addams Family episodes: