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Fame Slept Here


63 West 89th Street
The facts: A 4,200-square-foot, ten-room townhouse.
Asking price: $5.175 million
Yearly taxes: $13,806
Agents: Josh Doyle and Christine Reilly, the Corcoran Group; Don Correia and Judy Oston, Halstead

An angry man once lived in this 1894 townhouse. But not just any irate fellow. This was the home of George Voskovec, who played juror No. 11a European watchmakerin Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men. Apparently, he was a defender of justice many years before that role, too. According to his 1981 Times obituary, Voskovec was part of a duo renowned in Czechoslovakia for their scathing satirical reviews and plays, aimed at Hitler and Nazism. He fled his country in 1939 for America, where he wound up acting in dozens of movies, including The Iron Mistress and Butterfield 8.He bought the massive townhouse around 1968 and lived in it until the early eighties, during which time he appeared in major stage productions of The Cherry Orchard, Agamemnon, and The Penny Wars. The house is now in contract through a network of brokers at Corcoran, Brown Harris Stevens, and Halstead.


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