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Sam Wanamaker

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Sam Wanamaker (June 14, 1919December 18, 1993) was an American actor and director.

Born in Chicago, Wanamaker left the States in the late 1940s because he thought he might be blacklisted due to his leftist convictions (see McCarthyism). He settled in England, where he continued his career on the stage and in pictures. His wife, Charlotte Holland Wanamaker was a radio soap star in the 1940's. Sam later began a long-standing relationship with actress Jan Sterling while she was married to Paul Douglas.

Wanamaker was instrumental in rebuilding the Globe Theatre in London. Sadly, he died of prostate cancer in December of 1993 before it opened in 1997.

He is survived by three daughters, Abby Wanamaker, actress Zoe Wanamaker, and Jessica Wanamaker.

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