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Memorable Manitobans: Paul Kligman (1923-1985)

Actor.

Born in Romania on 21 January 1923, son of Moishe “Morris” Kligman (?-1957) and Nancy Kligman (?-1961), and brother of comedian Lily “Libby” Morris, he came to Winnipeg as a child and attended the University of Manitoba (1941-1943). During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and, after training as a radio operator, shifted into secret work monitoring Japanese communications in British Columbia. There, he met and married Anne Rabinovitch and they had two sons. After the war, he operated a clothing store in Vancouver and did radio and stage acting. In 1950, he moved to Toronto where he was a stage actor, appeared on CBC radio and television, and for 30 years worked with the comedy duo of Wayne and Shuster. He was perhaps well known for his voice acting, particularly of gruff-sounding characters, in animated television series during the 1960s, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Captain America (1966), The Hulk (1966), Rocket Robin Hood (1967), and Spider-Man (1967-1970). He wrote the autobiographical novel It All Ends Up In a Shopping Bag (1975). He died of heart failure at Toronto on 29 August 1985.

Sources:

“Kligman calls his father a different ‘breed of cat’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1975, page 33.

“Canadian actor dies,” Lethbridge Herald, 30 August 1985, page 2.

Obituary [Toby Koffman], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 2003.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Paul Kligman, IMDB.

Morris Kligman, FindAGrave.

Nancy Kligman, FindAGrave.

We thank Elsie Shamota and Rosalie Lazar for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 January 2021

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