Character actor, Mischa Auer, was born Mischa Ounskowsky on Nov 17, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Auer died at the age of 61 on Mar 5, 1967 in Rome, Italy .
Mischa Auer was a pop-eyed, pencil-mustached, anxious-looking Russian-born comedy actor who came to Hollywood with the advent of sound, and stayed to create a memorable gallery of eccentric comic characters, usually flapping over some fresh disaster. He was at his peak in the late 1930's but continued working until his death, in Italy, from a heart attack. He was nominated for an Oscar for "My Man Godfrey".(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Although Auer was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1936||Best Supporting Actor||My Man Godfrey (1936)||Carlo||Nominated|
[Repeated line, whenever Carlo plays the piano and sings]
Carlo: Ochi Chornya... Ochi Chornya... Ochi Chornya!
Boris: All I want is to be a cowboy and to wear my own pants!
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