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.
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:.
Although Tamiroff was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1936||Best Supporting Actor||The General Died at Dawn (1936)||General Yang||Nominated|
|1943||Best Supporting Actor||For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)||Pablo||Nominated|
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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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?
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