Leon Askin

Leon Askin

Highest Rated: 95% One, Two, Three (1961)

Lowest Rated: 0% Valley of the Kings (1954)

Birthday: Sep 18, 1907

Birthplace: Not Available

Austrian actor Leon Askin began his stage career in Germany, then left Europe as abruptly as possible when Hitler came to power. He reactivated his career in New York in 1940, becoming an American citizen three years later. In 1952, Askin made his first Hollywood film, Assignment Paris; though not quite as heavy or menacing-looking as he'd be in the 1960s, the actor was typecast from his first movie as a villain, usually fascist. One of his best early film roles was in Road to Bali (1953), a Hope-Crosby farce in which he played a South Seas witch doctor named Ramayana. Askin later appeared in Danny Kaye's Knock on Wood (1954), this time (typically) cast as a trenchcoated Teutonic spy. More of Askin's "shifty foreigner" characterizations could be enjoyed in The Bowery Boys' Spy Chasers (1955), Billy Wilder's One Two Three (1961), and the notorious political sex farce John Goldfarb Please Come Home (1964), in which the actor played a turbaned arab. As a Nazi officer (surprise, surprise) in What Did You Do In the War, Daddy?, Askin dropped dead in anticipation of an evening in bed with a pretty young Italian girl, whereupon the local underground was forced to tote his corpulent corpse all around town to hide the fact that he'd expired. Active in films and as a drama teacher and lecturer into the 1980s, Leon Askin is best known to American TV addicts as the gross (and gross-kopfed) SS officer Burkhalter on the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Odd Jobs Don Carlutci 1986
No Score Yet Savage Island (Banished Women) Luker 1985
No Score Yet Frightmare Wolfgang 1983
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel Anchorman 1982
No Score Yet Going Ape! Zabrowski 1981
94% Young Frankenstein Herr Waldman 1974
No Score Yet Genesis II Overseer 1973
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Athlete Dr. Gottlieb 1973
No Score Yet Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls Thor 1972
29% Hammersmith Is Out Dr. Krodt 1972
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy Axel Kronstadt 1969
No Score Yet Guns for San Sebastian Vicar General 1968
No Score Yet The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Oscar 1968
No Score Yet The Caper of the Golden Bulls Morchek 1967
No Score Yet Double Trouble Inspector De Groote 1967
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Commissar 1967
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Kastorp 1966
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Langsdorf 1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Samir 1965
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace Chauffeur Charles 1962
No Score Yet Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (Terror of the Mad Doctor ) Flocke 1962
95% One, Two, Three Peripetchikoff 1961
No Score Yet The Last Blitzkrieg Sgt. Steiner 1959
No Score Yet My Gun Is Quick Teller 1957
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad Khalif 1955
0% Valley of the Kings Valentine Arko 1954
No Score Yet Knock on Wood Gromeck 1954
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Anton Marcu 1954
33% The Robe Abidor 1953
No Score Yet South Sea Woman Marchand 1953
71% Road to Bali Ramayana 1952
No Score Yet Assignment: Paris Franz 1952


No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
Doshenko 1985
No Score Yet Three's Company
Hoffmeier 1979
No Score Yet Happy Days
Himmel 1978
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
Burkhalter 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Riva 1970
No Score Yet The Monkees
Nicolai 1967
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Elom 1966
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Von Reinbein 1965
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Ferdinand Prime Minister Vallin 1955


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