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 .

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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).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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:

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Bibenko: My spirit, Mofshovsky, tells me this is - The End.


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


Boris: All I want is to be a cowboy and to wear my own pants!


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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.

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