Mischa Auer

Mischa Auer

Children, with Tillman, Anthony and Zoe

Contrary to his screen image as an excitable, explosive, emotional type, Auer was in reality a quiet, somewhat introspective scholar who spoke six languages: Russian, English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.

Father of Mischa Auer Jr..

His father was an officer in the Russian navy under Tsar Nicholas II. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 (during which his father apparently died; he was never heard from again), the 12-year-old Mischa and his mother were sent to Siberia. He roamed that area for three years, scrounging what little money and food he could for he and his mother, until they were able to escape to Southern Russia. He got a job driving an ambulance during a typhus epidemic (which killed his mother). In 1920 his maternal grandfather found him and managed to bring him to the US.