The Mike Mazurki papers span the years 1927-1989 (bulk 1941-1985) and encompass approximately 31.3
linear feet. The collection contains scripts, production material, clippings, reviews, correspondence, or
publicity material for nearly 100 films and dozens of television programs. Stage productions are
represented by clippings, correspondence, programs, publicity material, and reviews. There are seven
scrapbooks, and photographs, including three photograph albums. The photograph series consists of prints,
negatives, and film strips of biography, motion picture production, radio production, stage production,
television production, and subject photographs.
Mike Mazurki, born Mikhail Mazurwski in Austria-Hungary, was a charactor actor most active in film
from the 1940s through 1980s. Trained as a professional wrestler he turned to acting after serving as Mae
West's bodyguard. As a character actor he typically played the tough guy. He also made guest appearances
on television programs in the 1950s through 1970s.
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