Character actor, Leon Askin, was born Leo Aschkenasy on Sep 18, 1907 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. Askin died at the age of 97 on Jun 3, 2005 in Vienna, Austria .
Tubby, swarthy and often mustachioed, Leon Askin was an Austrian actor who started his career on the German stage. He fled the Nazis in 1933, came to New York in 1940 and became an American citizen in 1943. From 1952, he began a spasmodic flirtation with the Hollywood film scene (and from 1959, the international film scene), appearing in very on-and-off fashion down through the years, mostly as Slavic villains - both comic and dramatic. He also directed, taught and lectured on drama.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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C.R. MacNamara: You mean that Russian hot rod parked outside?
Peripetchikoff: Is wonderful car. Is exact copy of 1937 Nash.
C.R. MacNamara: You've defected?
Peripetchikoff: Is old Russian proverb: "go west young man."
Borodenko: When will papers be ready?
C.R. Macnamara: I'll put my secretary right to work on it.
Mishkin: Your secretary? She's that blond lady?
C.R. Macnamara: That's the one.
Peripetchikoff: [after conferring with the others] You will send papers to East Berlin with blond lady in triplicate.
C.R. Macnamara: You want the papers in triplicate, or the blond in triplicate?
Peripetchikoff: See what you can do.
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