Bit player and character actor Victor ‘Vic’ Izay died on January 20, 2014 in Glendora, California. He was 90. Vic was a war hero, author, director, playwright, teacher, Shakespeare scholar, clown, gourmand, and bon vivant, and while never quite making the A-List by winning an Oscar or an Emmy, he managed to carve out a career in film, television, and the theatre.
Victor was born December 23, 1923 inn Watertown, New York to Hungarian immigrants George and Helen Izay in the same year as Marcel Marceau, Harry Reasoner, Maria Callas, Norman Mailer and Henry Kissinger. His father was successful in real estate until the crash in 1929. The family was broke and they moved to Syracuse. To help make money for the family's expenses, the young boy had to endure a miserable paper route for four years delivering the morning Post-Standard in all weather.
Everyone who knew Vic loved him and that is no exaggeration for he was an excellent host and storyteller. You only had to attend one of his Christmas/Birthday parties or Backyard Shakespeare get-togethers to become a fan. He was a humble and self-effacing man but to his family he was "big in the business," a phrase he used playfully to describe his modest Hollywood career.
IZAY, Vic (Victor Izay)
Born: 12/23/1923, Watertown, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/20/2014, Glendale, California, U.S.A.
Vic Izay’s westerns – actor:
The Westerner (TV) – 1960 (Eustace, bartender)
The Rebel (TV) – 1961 (Abel Hawkins, preacher)
Ride the High Country -1962 (Jake)
Rawhide (TV) – 1964, 1965 (Fred Holt, Clerk)
Branded (TV) – 1965, 1966 (banker, hotel clerk)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974 (Bull)
Cimmaron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Pedro)
The Over the Hill Gang (TV) – 1969 (townsman)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue – 1970 (stage office clerk)
The Beguiled – 1971 (wagon driver)
Billy Jack – 1971 (doctor)
Bonanza (TV) – 1972 (foreman)
Brotherhood of the Gun (TV) – 1991 (Harkins)
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (TV) - 1993 (Pastor Zach)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1983 (Dr. Jenkins)
Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (TV) – 1983 (Thomas Hall)
Young Guns – 1988 (Justice Wilson)