Leonid Kinskey

Leonid Kinskey

Highest Rated: 100% The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Garden of Allah (1936)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1903

Birthplace: Not Available

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



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
98% 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
71% 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
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Young Man 1938
86% 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
100% Maytime Student in Bar 1937
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937 Russian 1937
No Score Yet We're on the Jury Nicholas Krakin 1937
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1938 Ivan 1937
80% Love on the Run Bit 1936
40% The Garden of Allah Voluble Arab 1936
83% 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
91% 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
80% 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
80% Manhattan Melodrama Trotsky Aide 1934
No Score Yet Fugitive Road Nicholas Petrovich (Tall Smuggler) 1934
92% Duck Soup Agitator 1933
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon Interpreter 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Villager 1933
92% Trouble in Paradise Radical 1932
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast Ivan 1932


No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
Vladimir Minsk 1968
93% Batman
Prof. Overbeck 1967
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Gerznov 1966
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Prof. Hammerschlag 1964


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