Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin

Highest Rated: 93% Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Lowest Rated: 8% Spy Hard (1996)

Birthday: Aug 11, 1950

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia, USSR

With the East European accent of his birth still evident in his speech, Elya Baskin has usually been cast to type in a wide variety of roles, from Russian spy to a naturalized American cop. Born in Riga, Latvia, he attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and was subsequently accepted at the Moscow Comedy Theatre where he won a Festival of Young Actors Award. Although he had every reason to assume his career as a performer was assured, life in the Soviet Union for an artist of Jewish descent had its pitfalls. In 1976 when the emigration rules were relaxed, Baskin was allowed to leave on a year's visa. He made his way to Hollywood, where producer Paul Maslansky (with whom he had worked in Russia) agreed to lend a hand. Soon, Baskin had his first US role, albeit a small one, in Gene Wilder's "The World's Greatest Lover" (1977). More small roles followed, such as a bookkeeper in "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years" and a Russian aide in "Being There" (both 1979), leading to the circus clown Anatoly opposite Robin Williams in Paul Mazursky's "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984). Baskin has continued to work in films, including a turn as Burciaga, the Polish scientist, in "Deepstar Six" (1989), and as the ship captain in "Love Affair" (1994). Baskin played the terrorist pilot in "Air Force One" (1997), a departure from his previous roles, which were often classified as "nice guys." He has also compiled many TV credits, including Mr. Slovak, a local immigrant, in "My Town" (1986), and Yuri, a member of an elite police squad in the short-lived "True Blue" (NBC, 1979-80).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet Legacy Unknown (Character) - 2020
44% 38% Supervized Brian (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Screams Andrei (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 54% The Hive Yuri Yegorov (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 92% Say It in Russian Victor (Character) - 2007
57% 34% The Dukes Murph (Character) $26.2K 2007
40% 48% Color of the Cross Caiaphas (Character) $84.7K 2006
No Score Yet 36% The Elder Son Unknown (Character) - 2006
93% 82% Spider-Man 2 Mr. Ditkovitch (Character) $373.4M 2004
No Score Yet 14% Wheelmen Vladimir (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 14% Running Red Strelkin (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Virus Father Vadim (Character) - 2000
83% 80% Thirteen Days Anotoly Dobrinyn (Character) $34.6M 2000
78% 66% Air Force One Andrei Kolchak (Character) $172.7M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Boris (Character) - 1997
8% 31% Spy Hard Professor Ukrinsky (Character) $27M 1996
85% 52% Enemies, a Love Story Yasha Kobik (Character) $7.8M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zits Timoshenko (Character) - 1988
74% 84% The Name of the Rose Severinus (Character) $5.2M 1986
31% 44% Streets of Gold Klebanov (Character) $2.3M 1986
No Score Yet 40% Combat High Interpreter (Character) - 1986
66% 61% 2010 Maxim Brajlovsky (Character) - 1984
86% 59% Moscow on the Hudson Anatoly (Character) - 1984
38% 28% Raise the Titanic Marganin (Character) - 1980


85% 85% Homeland Viktor (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Dito Pirosmani (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 72% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
68% No Score Yet Rake Bozidar (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 86% Rizzoli and Isles Dr. Vladmir Papov (Guest Star) 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
53% 66% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
82% 81% The Closer Priest (Guest Star) 2005
85% 88% Alias Dr. Josef Vlachko (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Academy: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
67% No Score Yet Alright Already Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something So Right Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Vladimir (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sisters Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 98% Quantum Leap Major Yuri Kosenko (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet True Blue Yuri (Character) 1989-1990
76% 68% Roseanne Foreign Man (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 91% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1985


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