Akim Tamiroff Overview:

Actor, Akim Tamiroff, was born on Oct 29, 1899 in Tiflis, Republic of Georgia]. Tamiroff died at the age of 72 on Sep 17, 1972 in Palm Springs, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered in unknown location.

MINI BIO:

One can almost still see Akim Tamiroff in that white trilby, mustache glistening with sweat, and white handkerchief mopping the brow, cooking up some new double-deal. Nearly all the characters created by this Russian-born actor (in America since the early twenties) were disreputable, whether in a filthy sweat-shirt or lurking beneath semi-respectable clothes. Small, round and beetle-like, he was invaluable to any film. He received Academy Award Supporting Actor nominations for "The General Died At Dawn and "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Tamiroff was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1936Best Supporting ActorThe General Died at Dawn (1936)General YangNominated
1943Best Supporting ActorFor Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)PabloNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Akim Tamiroff Quotes:

Gentleman Brown: [to Cornelius] Drunk, you're useless!
Schomberg: He's useless anyway.


Eugéne François Vidocq: Try to see further than the point of your knife. If I become chief of police, we'll have a chance to loot the city.
Emile Vernet: Loot a city? What does that mean?
Eugéne François Vidocq: Conservatively... fifteen million.
Emile Vernet: Fifteen...?
Eugéne François Vidocq: ...million... in gold.
Emile Vernet: Where is it?
Eugéne François Vidocq: In the vault of the Bank of Paris.
Emile Vernet: Bank of Paris? Hmmmnnnn... Such a job! No! Too big for the two of us!
Eugéne François Vidocq: Yes, but we can enlist the support of your dear family.
Emile Vernet: Yeah, family!... Yeah, but we'll have to give them a cut.
Eugéne François Vidocq: A small percentage.
Emile Vernet: Nah... no percentage! Just a cut!


Wu Lien: Yes, yes, I read often in the winter to warm my blood, sometimes in the summer to cool it.


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