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Akim Tamiroff Overview:

Actor, Akim Tamiroff, was born on Oct 29, 1899 in Tiflis, Republic of Georgia]. Tamiroff died at the age of 72 on Sep 17, 1972 in Palm Springs, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered in unknown location.

MINI BIO:

One can almost still see Akim Tamiroff in that white trilby, mustache glistening with sweat, and white handkerchief mopping the brow, cooking up some new double-deal. Nearly all the characters created by this Russian-born actor (in America since the early twenties) were disreputable, whether in a filthy sweat-shirt or lurking beneath semi-respectable clothes. Small, round and beetle-like, he was invaluable to any film. He received Academy Award Supporting Actor nominations for "The General Died At Dawn and "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Tamiroff was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1936Best Supporting ActorThe General Died at Dawn (1936)General YangNominated
1943Best Supporting ActorFor Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)PabloNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Akim Tamiroff Quotes:

Lt. Schwegler: [checking his guidebook entry about the hotel] You have a native cook by the name of Berek.
Farid: [nervous] Terek, sir. Terek. Yes, sir. But he ran away this morning. With the British to Alexandria.
Lt. Schwegler: [checking the guidebook] You have a wife.
Farid: Oh, yes, sir. Yes. But *she* run away. Yes, sir.
Lt. Schwegler: With the British to Alexandria?
Farid: [sadly] No, sir. With a Greek to Casablanca.


Don Andre - The Viceroy: You know, you should have been a justice minister for I don't know even now whether or not you're tricking me.
Uncle Pio: Have I ever tricked you except for your own good?


Wu Lien: Yes, yes, I read often in the winter to warm my blood, sometimes in the summer to cool it.


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Same birth town as the legendary Sergei Parajanov

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1634 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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