Cliff Osmond, 75, a character actor who was a regular presence in director
Osmond got his start in television in the early 1960s with guest starring roles on a range of programs such as "The Rifleman," "Twilight Zone,"
Wilder first cast Osmond, who stood well over 6 feet tall, as a gendarme in "Irma la Douce" (1963). In the 1964 sex farce "Kiss Me, Stupid," he played aspiring songwriter Barney to
Osmond's other film roles included comic parts in Disney's "The North Avenue Irregulars" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" (both 1979).
He also wrote and directed "The Penitent," a 1988 independent film starring
He was born Clifford Osman Ebrahim in Jersey City, N.J., in 1937, and later began using a stage name. He earned a bachelor's degree from
In addition to performing, Osmond had a thriving career as an acting coach.
Times staff reports