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Akim Tamiroff



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Black Magic
  • Actor
2003
33% 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
71% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe)
  • Okra
1966
No Score Yet Hotel Paradiso
  • The Turk
1966
90% Alphaville
  • Henri Dickson
1965
54% 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
89% Topkapi
  • Geven
1964
No Score Yet The Bacchantes
  • Teiresias
1963
89% Le Proc├Ęs (The Trial)
  • Bloch
1962
83% Mr. Arkadin
  • Jakob Zouk
1962
No Score Yet The Reluctant Saint
  • Bishop
1962
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale)
  • Actor
1961
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • 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
90% 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
83% 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
77% 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 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 The General Died at Dawn
  • Yang
1936
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • Dr. Zaranoff
1936
No Score Yet Desire
  • Police Official
1936
13% 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
No Score Yet 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
43% Naughty Marietta
  • Rudolpho, Puppet Master
1935
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Chef at Wedding
1935
88% 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
89% Queen Christina
  • Pedro
1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak
  • Gypsy Fiddler
1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart
  • Waiter
1933

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