Versatile character actor George Tobias was born on New York City's Lower East Side July 14, 1901. He began a long and colorful acting career at age 15, appearing off and on Broadway in such hits as The Hairy Ape
, You Can't Take It With YouK/i> and Silk Stockings. In Hollywood he played a wide variety of roles from villain to loveable dimwit in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mission to Moscow and My Sister Eileen (which also featured Bewitched co-star Dick York). He is best remembered as the flute-playing, begrudgingly tolerant, smart-alecky neighbor Abner Kravitz on Bewitched. Tobias' other TV credits include Mannix, The Waltons, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Medical Center and Starsky and Hutch. He retired from acting after reprising his role as Kravitz in the short-lived Bewitched spin-off Tabitha in 1977. Tobias passed away Feb. 27, 1980.
The Kravitzes are an average retired suburban couple. And Gladys is the ultimate neurotic nosey neighbor. Living next door to a witch, she witnesses everything from Santa Claus and his reindeer heading off for the holidays to furniture and people popping in and out of houses. From time to time, Abner is able to convince Gladys that her problems and the things she sees are all in her mind. Even when she's zapped into the 17th century, Abner tries to convince her it is a dream. But they do love each other and are big-hearted enough to take in a foster child at Christmas, look after their nephew and be supportive of Gladys' equally neurotic brother, a shy concert violinist.