(written from a Production point of view)
Abraham Sofaer (1 October 1896 – 21 January 1988; age 91) was a veteran character actor who appeared twice on Star Trek: The Original Series. Sofaer was born in Rangoon, Burma. Originally a teacher, his first acting job came in 1931, and he worked steadily, if in small parts, until the early 1970s.
Because of his nationality, he played many Native American roles and also frequently appeared in science fiction and fantasy projects. He costarred with Arlene Martel (who was billed as "Arline Martel") in the "Demon With a Glass Hand" episode of The Outer Limits, which was written by Harlan Ellison and directed by Byron Haskin. He made many guest appearances on television, including such series as Mission: Impossible (with Barbara Luna, directed by Marc Daniels), two episodes of The Time Tunnel (starring James Darren, Lee Meriwether, and Whit Bissell, guest-starring Paul Carr, Joseph Ruskin, Arnold Moss, and Rhodes Reason), Lost in Space (starring Bill Mumy), The Twilight Zone, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (with Yvonne Craig, David Hurst, Nancy Kovack, Liam Sullivan, and Bill Quinn, and directed by James Goldstone). Sofaer was also noted for his recurring role as Haji, master of all genies in I Dream of Jeannie.
In films, he appeared in A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Quo Vadis (1951), the Byron Haskin-directed The Naked Jungle (1954), Taras Bulba (1962, with Perry Lopez), the Monkees' movie Head (1968, with Logan Ramsey, Terri Garr, Charles Macauley, and Tania Lemani) and Chisum (1970, with Glenn Corbett and Ron Soble), among others.
Along with Judith Anderson, Morgan Farley, Richard Hale, Anthony Jochim, Felix Locher, Celia Lovsky, Leonard Mudie, Bill Borzage, Charles Seel, and Ian Wolfe, he is one of only ten credited Star Trek actors to have been born in the 19th century to appear in any episode or film, addended with the three credited Star Trek production staffers Franz Bachelin, Ernest Haller and Byron Haskin.
Sofaer died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, as the result of congestive heart failure in 1988.