Akim Tamiroff

Akim Tamiroff

Highest Rated: 100% Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Lowest Rated: 20% Anthony Adverse (1936)

Birthday: Oct 29, 1899

Birthplace: Not Available

Earthy Russian character actor Akim Tamiroff was relatively aimless, not settling upon a theatrical career until he was nearly 19. Selected from 500 applicants, Tamiroff was trained by Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theater School. While touring the U.S. with a Russian acting troupe in 1923, Tamiroff decided to remain in New York and give Broadway a try. He was quite active with the Theatre Guild during the 1920s and early '30s, then set out for Hollywood, hoping to scare up movie work. After several years' worth of bit roles, Tamiroff's film career began gaining momentum when he was signed by Paramount in 1936. He became one of the studio's top players, appearing in juicy featured roles in A-pictures and starring in such B's as The Great Gambini (1937), King of Chinatown (1938), and The Magnificent Fraud (1939). Essaying a wide variety of nationalities, Tamiroff was most frequently cast as a villain or reprobate with a deep down sentimental and/or honorable streak. He was a favorite of many directors, including Cecil B. DeMille, starring in Union Pacific (1939), Northwest Mounted Police (1940), and Preston Sturges' The Great McGinty (1940). He was twice nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar for his work in The General Died at Dawn (1936) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). During the 1950s, Tamiroff was a close associate of actor/director Orson Welles, who cast Tamiroff in underhanded supporting roles in Mr. Arkadin (1955), Touch of Evil (1958), and The Trial (1963), and retained his services for nearly two decades in the role of Sancho Panza in Welles' never-finished Don Quixote. Akim Tamiroff continued to flourish with meaty assignments in films like Topkapi (1964) and After the Fox (1966), rounding out his long and fruitful career with a starring assignment in the French/Italian political melodrama, Death of a Jew (1970).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Black Magic Actor 2003
43% Don Quixote Juan Carlos Ordonez 1992
No Score Yet Marquis de Sade: Justine (Deadly Sanctuary) Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Great Bank Robbery Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Vulture Prof. Hans Koniglich 1967
No Score Yet The Liquidator Sheriek 1966
No Score Yet Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Tanamashu 1966
75% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe) Okra 1966
No Score Yet Hotel Paradiso The Turk 1966
91% Alphaville Henri Dickson 1965
57% Lord Jim Schomberg 1965
No Score Yet Bambole Monsignor Arcudi 1965
No Score Yet Marie Chantal contre Dr. Kha (Blue Panther) Actor 1965
No Score Yet Panic Button Pandowski 1964
No Score Yet Tulipe Noire Marque de Vigogne 1964
90% Topkapi Geven 1964
No Score Yet The Bacchantes Teiresias 1963
85% Le Procès (The Trial) Bloch 1962
80% Mr. Arkadin Jakob Zouk 1962
No Score Yet The Reluctant Saint Bishop 1962
No Score Yet Romanoff and Juliet Vadim Romanoff 1961
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Actor 1961
50% Ocean's 11 Spyros Acebos 1960
No Score Yet Me and the Colonel Szabuniewicz 1958
96% Touch of Evil Uncle Joe Grandi 1958
No Score Yet Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (Battle Hell) Col. Peng 1957
91% Anastasia Chernov 1956
No Score Yet The Black Sleep Odo the Gypsy 1956
No Score Yet You Know What Sailors Are Actor 1954
No Score Yet They Who Dare Capt. George One 1954
No Score Yet Magia Negra Gitano 1949
No Score Yet Outpost in Morocco Lt. Glysko 1949
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa Mr. Grumbach 1948
No Score Yet The Gangster Nick Jammey 1947
No Score Yet Fiesta Chato Vasquez 1947
71% A Scandal in Paris Emile Vernet 1946
No Score Yet Pardon My Past Jim Arnold 1945
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing Prince Gregory Stroganovsky 1944
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey Uncle Pio 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek The Boss 1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed Wu Lien 1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister Popoff 1943
71% For Whom the Bell Tolls Pablo 1943
100% Five Graves to Cairo Farid 1943
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Pablo 1942
No Score Yet The Corsican Brothers Colonna 1941
100% The Great McGinty The Boss 1940
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh Paul Kriza 1940
No Score Yet Texas Rangers Ride Again Mio Pio 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Dan Duroc 1940
No Score Yet Union Pacific Fiesta 1939
No Score Yet King of Chinatown Frank Baturin 1939
No Score Yet Honeymoon in Bali The Window Washer 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Ride a Crooked Mile Mike Balan 1938
No Score Yet Spawn of the North Red Skain 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Dominique You 1938
No Score Yet This Way Please Tartar Chieftain (uncredited) 1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Joe Varese 1937
No Score Yet Her Husband Lies Bullock 1937
83% The General Died at Dawn Yang 1936
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur Dr. Zaranoff 1936
No Score Yet Desire Police Official 1936
20% Anthony Adverse Carlo Cibo 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Mirov 1935
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936 Boris 1935
No Score Yet The Gay Deception Spetlek 1935
80% China Seas Romanoff 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury Sokolsky 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Mexican 1935
No Score Yet Rumba Tony 1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Emir 1935
50% Naughty Marietta Rudolpho, Puppet Master 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Chef at Wedding 1935
80% The Merry Widow Manager of Maxim's 1934
No Score Yet Chained Ranch Chef 1934
No Score Yet Sadie McKee Riccori 1934
No Score Yet Now and Forever French Jeweler 1934
No Score Yet The Great Flirtation Paul Wengler 1934
No Score Yet Here Is My Heart Hotel Manager 1934
90% Queen Christina Pedro 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Gypsy Fiddler 1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart Waiter 1933


100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Koz 1966


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