Mischa Auer Overview:

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).



Although Auer was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1936Best Supporting ActorMy Man Godfrey (1936)CarloNominated

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Mischa Auer Quotes:

Carlo: Oh! Money, money, money! The Frankenstein monster that destroys souls!

Mr. Thieson: Mr. President, my paper's indictment against the government is a staggering one. Starvation is wanton everywhere, from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. Millions of dollars are poured into new battleships. Farmers burn corn and wheat, food is thrown into the sea while men and women are begging for bread. Men are freezing without coats while cotton rots in the field. Thousands are homeless, millions of vacant homes. Over 5000 gang land murders last year, and only five gangsters in prison, not for killing but for income tax violations! What does the New Administration say to this? What answer? What definite plan has the government for this indictment, this state of misery and horror, of lost hope, of broken faith, of the collapse of American democracy?

Russell Paxton: "This is the end! The absolute end!"

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Father of Mischa Auer Jr..

Children, with Tillman, Anthony and Zoe

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.

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