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Leonid Kinskey

Highest Rated:   100% The Fighting Seabees (1944)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Garden of Allah (1936)
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Forced to flee his native St. Petersburg after the Bolshevik revolution, Russian-born actor Leonid Kinskey arrived in New York in 1921. At that time, he was a member of the Firebird Players, a South American troupe whose act consisted of dance-interpreting famous paintings; since there was little call for this on Broadway, Kinskey was soon pounding the pavements. The only English words he knew were such translation-book phrases as "My good kind sir," but Kinskey was able to improve his vocabulary by working as a waiter in a restaurant. Heading west for performing opportunities following the 1929 Wall Street Crash, Kinskey joined the road tour of the Al Jolson musical Wonder Bar, which led to a role in his first film Trouble in Paradise (1932). His Slavic dialect and lean-and-hungry look making him ideal for anarchist, artist, poet and impresario roles, Kinskey made memorable appearances in such films as Duck Soup (1933), Nothing Sacred (1937) and On Your Toes (1939). His best known appearance was as Sacha, the excitable bartender at Rick's Cafe Americain in Casablanca (1942). The film's star, Humphrey Bogart, was a drinking buddy of Kinskey's, and when the first actor cast as the barkeep proved inadequate, Bogart arranged for Kinskey to be cast in the role. During the Red Scare of the '50s, Kinskey was frequently cast as a Communist spy, either comic or villainous. In 1956 he had a recurring role as a starving artist named Pierre on the Jackie Cooper sitcom The People's Choice. Kinskey cut down on acting in the '60s and '70s, preferring to write and produce, and help Hollywood distribution companies determine which Russian films were worth importing. But whenever a television script (such as the 1965 "tribute" to Stan Laurel) called for a "crazy Russian", Leonid Kinsky was usually filled the bill.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937
  • Russian
2001
No Score Yet Glory
  • Vasily
1956
86% The Man With the Golden Arm
  • Dr. Dominowski
1955
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio
  • Ivan Putroff
1950
No Score Yet The Great Sinner
  • Band Leader
1949
No Score Yet Alimony
  • Joe Wood
1949
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire
  • Rene
1946
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing
  • Koppa
1944
No Score Yet That's My Baby
  • Doctor Svatsky
1944
100% The Fighting Seabees
  • Johnny Novasky
1944
No Score Yet Presenting Lily Mars
  • Leo
1943
97% Casablanca
  • Sascha
1942
No Score Yet I Married an Angel
  • Zinski
1942
No Score Yet Lady for a Night
  • Boris
1942
93% The Talk of the Town
  • Jan Pulaski
1942
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You
  • Dorloff
1942
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana
  • Rafael
1941
No Score Yet Broadway Limited (The Baby Vanishes )
  • Ivan
1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio
  • Pierre Dufont
1941
No Score Yet So Ends Our Night
  • The Chicken
1941
100% Ball of Fire
  • Prof. Quintana
1941
No Score Yet Down Argentine Way
  • Tito Acuna
1940
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast
  • Comrade Nicky
1940
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife
  • Coco
1939
No Score Yet On Your Toes
  • Ivan Boultonoff
1939
67% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
  • Artist
1939
No Score Yet Exile Express
  • David
1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night
  • Groder
1939
No Score Yet Flirting with Fate
  • Lopez
1938
No Score Yet Professor Beware
  • Tableau director
1938
No Score Yet Algiers
  • L'Arbi
1938
No Score Yet The Great Waltz
  • Dudelman
1938
83% 100 Men and a Girl
  • Pianist
1937
No Score Yet Make a Wish
  • Moe
1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon)
  • Lapidoff
1937
No Score Yet Cafe Metropole
  • Artist
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Student in Bar
1937
80% Love on the Run
  • Bit
1936
33% The Garden of Allah
  • Voluble Arab
1936
No Score Yet The General Died at Dawn
  • Stewart
1936
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range
  • Mischa
1936
No Score Yet The Road to Glory
  • Ledoux
1936
100% Les Miserables
  • Genflon
1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily
  • Vocal Teacher
1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
  • Snake Charmer
1935
No Score Yet Goin' to Town
  • Interior Decorator
1935
88% The Merry Widow
  • Shepherd
1934
No Score Yet We Live Again
  • Simon Kartinkin
1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Cab Driver
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Guest
1934
85% Manhattan Melodrama
  • Trotsky Aide
1934
No Score Yet Fugitive Road
  • Nicholas Petrovich (Tall Smuggler)
1934
94% Duck Soup
  • Agitator
1933
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon
  • Interpreter
1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak
  • Villager
1933
91% Trouble in Paradise
  • Radical
1932
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast
  • Ivan
1932

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Prof. Overbeck
  • 1967

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