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Leon Askin



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
93% 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
40% 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 Caper of the Golden Bulls
  • Morchek
1967
No Score Yet Double Trouble
  • Inspector De Groote
1967
40% 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
94% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Road to Bali
  • Ramayana
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Doshenko

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