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Elya Baskin

Highest Rated:   96% Being There (1979)
Lowest Rated:   0% DeepStar Six (1989)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
90% October Sky
  • Ike Bykovsky
1999
78% Air Force One
  • Andrei Kolchak
1997
70% Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  • Borschevsky
1997
No Score Yet Forest Warrior
  • Buster
1996
8% Spy Hard
  • Prof. Ukrinsky
1996
31% 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
66% 2010
  • Maxim Brailovsky
1984
90% Moscow On The Hudson
  • Anatoly Cherkasov
1984
50% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Dito Pirosmani
  • 2017
26% MacGyver
2016
  • Alexander Orlov
  • 2016
73% Castle
2009-2016
  • Sergei Vetotchkin
  • 2014
66% Rake
2014
  • Bozidar
  • 2014
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Dr. Goran Petrovic
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Lysowsky
  • 2007
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Vlachko
  • 2005
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Zubatov
  • 2005
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Yuri Dimitri
  • 1987
  • 1986

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