Actor, Gregory Ratoff, was born on Apr 20, 1897 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ratoff appeared in over 45 film and TV roles. His best known films include I'm No Angel, Exodus and most famously as producer Max Fabian who feuds with Margo Channing (Bette Davis) in All About Eve. As director, Ratoff's films include Rose of Washington Square (Alice Faye, Tyrone Power), Day-Time Wife (Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell), Lancer Spy (George Sanders, Delores Del Rio), The Corsican Brothers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and Footlight Serenade (John Payne, Betty Grable, Victor Mature). Ratoff died at the age of 63 on Dec 14, 1960 in Solothurn, Switzerland and was laid to rest in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, NY.
Heavy-set, scruffy-looking Gregory Ratoff had a delightfully thick Slavic accent. He was always welcome as arm-waving impresarios and the like, having come to America in the late 1920s; but, from the late 1930s, he began to concentrate on direction and became, for a while, one of 20th Century-Fox's leading directors. His returns to acting were infrequent after that.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
Count Mippipopolous: Not officially. I just allow him to steal from me from time to time.
Paul: Have you forgotten who I am? Do you realize that Panaieff is the name of the family who for the last 300 years were related to the czars of Russia 25 times? 5 times legitimately! Why I'd rather have my blood changed to borscht.
Max Fabian: Let the rest of the world beat their brains out for a buck. It's friends that count. And I got friends.
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