Leon Askin Overview:

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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Peripetchikoff: [trying to trade for Ingeborg] Would you take new automobile? 1961 Moskvich hardtop convertible, two-tone.
C.R. MacNamara: You mean that Russian hot rod parked outside?
Peripetchikoff: Is wonderful car. Is exact copy of 1937 Nash.

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.

Peripetchikoff: Is old Russian proverb: you cannot milk cow with hands in pockets.

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He received many honors after returning to Vienna, his homeland. In 1988, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art; in 1994, he was presented with the Silver Cross of Honor, and; in 2002, he was honored with the Gold Cross of Honor for service to the City of Vienna. He was granted the honorary title of Professor by Minister Scholten in 1996 and honored with the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art in 2002.

Returned to Vienna to live in 1994, started to perform cabaret and appeared in various productions with the Volksoper, one of Vienna's finest opera companies.

He received Vienna's Gold Medal of Honor, one of the city's most distinguished prizes.

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