Alan Safier is an American stage, television, and voice-over actor and singer who is currently touring the United States as George Burns in the one-man show “Say Goodnight Gracie” by Rupert Holmes.
Alan Safier was born in Cleveland to Martha Wolk (1913-2007), a homemaker, and Samuel Safier (1910-1965), a pharmacist. He has two older brothers, Howard and Dennis. As a child, he was always interested in performing, writing and communications. At the age of 12, he began writing a newspaper that covered events on his small suburban street in Shaker Heights, Ohio; the monthly newspaper lasted for one-and-a-half years. He wrote a sports column for the school newspaper at Byron Junior High, was co-editor for the Mayfield High newspaper, and was a contributing editor for the Ohio University “Post” in Athens, Ohio. He also showed an early interest in broadcasting, serving as a disc jockey on the in-house radio station at the Cleveland Veterans' Administration Hospital, and working briefly at WOUB, the Ohio University radio station.
But the theatre always appealed the most to Safier. His first stage appearance was at the age of nine, in Dr. Seuss's “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” He continued acting in junior high, high school, teen theatre, summer stock, and community theatre productions, including Michael Weller's “Moonchildren” at the renowned Cleveland multi-racial theatre, Karamu House.
After receiving an MFA in Acting at Ohio University, Alan Safier debuted off-Broadway in another play called “Say Goodnight, Gracie,” this one by Ralph Pape and about neither George nor Gracie. Soon after, he was cast in the 30th anniversary revival of the seminal “New Faces of 1952,” taking on the role originated by Ronny Graham, which included emceeing the show, doing a Truman Capote take-off (as "Mr. Kaput"), and performing in a comedy sketch written in the early 1950s by a young Melvin Brooks. Some of his other New York and regional theatre credits include Steve Martin’s “The Underpants,” the off-Broadway comedy revue “Scrambled Feet,” Littlechap in “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off,” Bluntschli in George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms & the Man,” and Gratiano in “The Merchant of Venice” (in which he co-starred with legendary Group Theatre actor Morris Carnovsky).