Abraham Sofaer was a stage actor of Burmese-Jewish descent who became a familiar supporting player on film and television in his later years. He was born in Rangoon. Sofaer's strong features and resonant voice complemented the many exotic character parts he played.
He began his acting career on the London stage in 1921, but soon was alternating between London and Broadway. By the 1930s, he was appearing in both British and American films. Among his more prominent performances were the dual role of the Judge and Surgeon in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death and St. Paul in Quo Vadis.
He also appeared on television from its earliest days in the late 1930s and on radio. Although his film appearances diminished after the 1950s, he continued to have guest roles on dozens of major U.S. television series throughout the 1960s. He made three appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of defendant Elihu Laban in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-Bout." He also guest starred on Star Trek &, The Twilight Zone, Daniel Boone, Lost in Space and The Outer Limits, until retiring in the mid-1970s. He may be best-remembered for his recurring role as Hadji, the master of all genies, on I Dream of Jeannie.