Elya Baskin

Highest Rated: 96% Being There (1979)
Lowest Rated: 0% DeepStar Six (1989)
Birthday: Aug 11, 1950
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Tall, instantly identifiable Eastern European actor Elya Baskin fit the bill in Hollywood for ethnic character portrayals, especially characters with a Slavic background and an amiable demeanor; he also frequently exhibited a slightly zany undercurrent that became something of a trademark. A native of Latvia in the former USSR, Baskin attended Moscow's Theatre and Performing Arts College, then built a formidable reputation on the European stage. He achieved his international breakthrough, however, at the hands of Hollywood giant Paul Mazursky, who cast him opposite Robin Williams as the clownish Russian circus performer Anatoly in the masterful seriocomedy Moscow on the Hudson (1984). (When coupled with the sad demeanor that Baskin projected in that role, the actor's birdlike arm-flapping -- a symbol of the character's need for freedom -- became one of the film's most poignant and memorable images). An additional collaboration with Mazursky followed, the 1989 smash Enemies: A Love Story; in the meantime, Baskin began to rack up a litany of roles in additional A-list projects, including 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984), Vice Versa (1988), and Love Affair (1994). The Pickle (1993) re-teamed Baskin and Mazursky for a third occasion; unfortunately, it failed to match the critical or commercial success of its predecessors. Baskin remained in full flower through the end of the following decade, with a memorable comedic turn as Vladimir on the sitcom Mad About You and prominent roles in the big-screen projects Spider-Man 3 and The Dukes (both 2007).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
52% Jimmy P. Dr. Jokl 2014
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Cosmonaut Dimitri $352.4M 2011
No Score Yet Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright Actor 2010
37% Angels & Demons Cardinal Petrov $133.4M 2009
63% Spider-Man 3 Mr. Ditkovitch $336.6M 2007
57% The Dukes Murph 2007
40% Color of the Cross Caiaphas 2006
No Score Yet The Elder Son Uncle Fedya 2006
No Score Yet Confessions of a Pit Fighter Actor 2005
93% Spider-Man 2 Mr. Ditkovich $373.4M 2004
No Score Yet How to Lose Your Lover Prof. Stepniak 2004
53% Heartbreakers Vladimir 2001
83% Thirteen Days Anatoly Dobrynin 2000
No Score Yet Runaway Virus Father Vadim 2000
No Score Yet Running Red Sergei 2000
91% October Sky Ike Bykovsky 1999
76% Air Force One Andrei Kolchak 1997
70% Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Borschevsky 1997
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Boris 1997
No Score Yet Forest Warrior Buster 1996
8% Spy Hard Prof. Ukrinsky 1996
30% Love Affair Ship Captain 1994
20% The Pickle Russian Cab Driver 1993
No Score Yet Spy Trap Actor 1992
0% DeepStar Six Burciaga 1989
91% Enemies, a Love Story Yasha Kotik 1989
43% Vice Versa Kerschner 1988
No Score Yet Combat High Interpreter 1986
31% Streets of Gold Klebanov 1986
74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) Severinus 1986
No Score Yet Embassy Alex Serov 1985
64% 2010 Maxim Brailovsky 1984
86% Moscow On The Hudson Anatoly Cherkasov 1984
43% Raise the Titanic Marganin 1980
96% Being There Karpatov 1979
20% The World's Greatest Lover Actor with Bad Breath 1977
No Score Yet Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Bookkeeper 1972

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Dito Pirosmani
  • 2017
No Score Yet MacGyver
2016
Alexander Orlov
  • 2016
80% Castle
2009-2016
Sergei Vetotchkin
  • 2014
67% Rake
2014
Bozidar
  • 2014
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Dr. Goran Petrovic
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Lysowsky
  • 2007
  • 2006
89% Alias
2001-2006
Vlachko
  • 2005
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Zubatov
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Agency
2001-2003
Arkady Borovinsky Borovinsky
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Early Edition
1996-2000
Vadim Mintov
  • 2000
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Alexi Alexei
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Bela
  • 1999
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Vladimir
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
Police Officer No. 1
  • 1995
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
Maj. Kosenko
  • 1992
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
1990-1995
Nikolai
  • 1991
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Yuri
  • 1987
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Yuri Dimitri
  • 1987
  • 1986

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