Mischa Auer

Mischa Auer

  • Highest Rated: 100% And Then There Were None (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% A Royal Scandal (1945)
  • Birthday: Nov 17, 1905
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The screen's foremost "Mad Russian" (though he was more dour than demented in most of his movie appearances), Mischa Auer was the son of a Russian navy officer who died in the Russo-Japanese war. Auer's family scattered during the Bolshevik revolution, forcing the 12-year-old Mischa to beg, borrow, and steal to survive. Orphaned during a typhus epidemic, Auer moved to New York where he lived with his maternal grandfather, violinist Leopold Auer. Inspired by the elder Auer to become a musician, Mischa entered the Ethical Culture School in New York, where he developed an interest in acting. Playing small parts on Broadway and with Eva LeGalleine's company, Auer persisted until his roles increased in size and importance. While appearing with the Bertha Kalich Company in Los Angeles, Auer was hired by Hollywood director Frank Tuttle for a minor role in the Esther Ralston comedy Something Always Happens (1927). During his first nine years in films, the tall, foreboding Auer was typecast as sinister foreigners, often playing villainous Hindu priests, Arab chieftains, and feverish anarchists. His comic gifts were finally tapped by improvisational director Gregory La Cava, who cast Auer as society matron Alice Brady's free-loading "protege" in My Man Godfrey (1936). Thereafter, the actor flourished in eccentric comedy roles in such films as 100 Men and a Girl (1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938) (in which he popularized the catchphrase "Confidentially, it stinks!"), Destry Rides Again (1939), and Hellzapoppin' (1941). During the 1940s, Auer starred in the radio series Mischa the Magnificent and headlined several Broadway flops. The following decade, he spent most of his time in Europe, playing aging oddballs in films like Orson Welles' Mister Arkadin (1955). Among Mischa Auer's last professional engagements was a 1964-1965 revival of The Merry Widow -- one of his few successful stage ventures.


Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet The Christmas That Almost Wasn't Jonathan 1966
60% Arrivederci, Baby! Romeo 1966
80% Mr. Arkadin The Professor 1962
No Score Yet Sputnik Professor 1958
80% Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite) Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Montecarlo Story (Montecarlo) Hector the Maitre D' 1957
No Score Yet La Polka des menottes Actor 1957
No Score Yet Cette sacrée gamine (Naughty Girl) Ballet Master 1956
No Score Yet Thirteen at the Table (Treize a table) Actor 1956
No Score Yet School for Love (Futures vedettes) Actor 1955
No Score Yet Frou-Frou Archduke 1955
No Score Yet The Sky is Red (Il cielo e rosso) Actor 1950
No Score Yet For You I Die Alec Shaw 1947
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Lawrence Ayres 1946
100% And Then There Were None Prince Nikita 'Nikki' Starloff 1945
33% A Royal Scandal Capt. Sukov 1945
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions Michael Michaelovich 1945
No Score Yet Up In Mabel's Room Boris 1944
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark Russell Paxton 1944
No Score Yet Around the World Mischa Auer 1943
98% Casablanca Bartender 1942
No Score Yet The Flame of New Orleans Zolotov 1941
100% Hold That Ghost Gregory, Maitre D' 1941
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' Pepi 1941
No Score Yet Seven Sinners Sasha 1940
No Score Yet Spring Parade The Peasant 1940
95% Destry Rides Again Boris Callahan 1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven Nicky 1939
92% You Can't Take It With You Kolenkhov 1938
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris Mike 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Leo Kronk 1938
86% 100 Men and a Girl Michael Borodoff 1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl Dimitri 1937
No Score Yet Top of the Town Hamlet 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Rinaldo Lopez 1937
No Score Yet Vogues of 1938 Prince Muratov 1937
No Score Yet We Have Our Moments Enrico Mussetti 1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris Butch 1936
86% Three Smart Girls Count Arisztid 1936
No Score Yet Winterset Radical 1936
No Score Yet The Gay Desperado Diego 1936
97% My Man Godfrey Carlo 1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across Morevitch 1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon Leading Man 1936
No Score Yet Condemned to Live Zan, the Hunchback 1935
No Score Yet We're Only Human William `Lefty' Berger 1935
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Pianist 1935
No Score Yet The Crusades Monk 1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Afridi 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet Manchukan Consul 1935
No Score Yet Clive of India Suraj Ud Dowlah 1935
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest Roberts 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Greenwich Village Sequence 1934
63% Viva Villa! Military Attache 1934
No Score Yet Student Tour Sikh Cop 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Hassan 1934
No Score Yet After Tonight Adjutant Lehar 1933
No Score Yet Tarzan the Fearless Eltar 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Assassin 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress Butler 1933
No Score Yet Sucker Money Swami Yomurda 1933
86% Gabriel over the White House Theesen, Reporter 1933
No Score Yet Woman Condemned Dr. Wagner 1933
No Score Yet Corruption Volkov 1933
No Score Yet The Flaming Signal Manu 1933
No Score Yet The Western Code Chapman 1932
57% Mata Hari Executed Man 1932
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Actor 1932
No Score Yet Sinister Hands Swami Yomurda 1932
No Score Yet Murder at Dawn Henry 1932
No Score Yet The Monster Walks Hanns Krug 1932
No Score Yet Call Her Savage Agitator in restaurant 1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn Serge 1932
No Score Yet Drifting Souls Skeets 1932
No Score Yet The Unholy Garden Prince Nicolai Poliakoff 1931
No Score Yet Women Love Once Oscar 1931
No Score Yet Drums of Jeopardy (Mark of Terror) Piotr 1931
No Score Yet No Limit Romeo 1931
No Score Yet Delicious Mischa 1931
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors Actor 1931
No Score Yet Just Imagine B-36 1930
No Score Yet Inside the Lines Amahdi 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest Star 1930


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