The Info List - Akim Tamiroff

Akim Mikhailovich Tamiroff (Armenian: Ակիմ Թամիրով, Russian: Аким Михайлович Тамиров; birth name` Hovakim, Armenian: Հովակիմ; 29 October 1899 – 17 September 1972) was an Armenian-American actor. He won the first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and appeared in at least 80 American motion pictures in a career spanning thirty-seven years.


1 Biography

1.1 Film career 1.2 Legacy

2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Recognition 5 In popular culture 6 Partial filmography 7 References 8 External links

Biography[edit] Tamiroff was born in Baku, on the Caspian Sea,[1] to an Armenian family in Tiflis, Russian Empire
Russian Empire
(now Tbilisi, Georgia).[2] He trained at the Moscow Art Theatre
Moscow Art Theatre
drama school. He arrived in the U.S. in 1923 on a tour with a troupe of actors and decided to stay.[1][3][4] Tamiroff managed to develop a career in Hollywood
despite his thick accent. Film career[edit]

In Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil

Tamiroff's film debut came in 1932 in an uncredited role in Okay, America!. He performed in several more uncredited roles until 1935, when he co-starred in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer. He also appeared in the lavish epic China Seas in 1935 with Clark Gable, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
and Robert Benchley. The following year, he was cast in the titular role in The General Died at Dawn. He appeared in the 1937 musical High, Wide, and Handsome
High, Wide, and Handsome
with Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott, and the 1938 proto-noir Dangerous to Know
Dangerous to Know
opposite Anna May Wong, frequently singled out as his best role. In the following decade, he appeared in such films as The Buccaneer (1938) with Fredric March, The Great McGinty
The Great McGinty
(1940), The Corsican Brothers (1941), Tortilla Flat (1942) with Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr and John Garfield, Five Graves to Cairo
Five Graves to Cairo
(1943) with Erich von Stroheim as Field Marshal
Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel, Frank Borzage's His Butler's Sister (1943), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, for which he received another Oscar nomination, and Preston Sturges' The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
(1944). In later years, Tamiroff appeared in Ocean's 11
Ocean's 11
(1960) with Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
and Dean Martin's Rat Pack, Topkapi (1964) with Peter Ustinov, Alphaville (1965), and had a long collaboration with Orson Welles
Orson Welles
including Touch of Evil (1958) with Charlton Heston, Mr Arkadin
Mr Arkadin
(1955), The Trial (1962) and Welles' unfinished version of Don Quixote, in which he played Sancho Panza. Legacy[edit] While Tamiroff may not be a household name now, his malapropistic performance as the boss in The Great McGinty
The Great McGinty
inspired the cartoon character Boris Badenov, the male half of the villainous husband-and-wife team Boris and Natasha on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.[5] He was also spoofed in a 1969 episode of the TV show H.R. Pufnstuf entitled "The Stand-in" in which a frog named "Akim Toadanoff" directs a movie on Living Island. Personal life[edit] Tamiroff was married to Tamara Shayne, with whom he performed nightclub acts.[1] Death[edit] Tamiroff died on September 17, 1972, from cancer. Recognition[edit] Tamiroff was a 1944 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award winner (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture) for his work in For Whom the Bell Tolls.[6] He was twice nominated for Academy Awards, both times for Actor in a Supporting Role. The first was for his work in The General Died at Dawn, and the second was for his work in For Whom the Bell Tolls.[7] In popular culture[edit] Tamiroff was mentioned in J. D. Salinger's "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" (1942 New Yorker). He is also mentioned in Walker Percy's 1961 novel The Moviegoer.[8] Partial filmography[edit]

Okay, America! (1932) as Bit role (uncredited film debut) Clear All Wires! (1933) as Moscow Hotel Clerk (uncredited) Gabriel Over the White House (1933) as Delegate to the Debt Conference (uncredited) The Barbarian (1933) as Colonel (uncredited) Professional Sweetheart
Professional Sweetheart
(1933) as Hotel Waiter (uncredited) Storm at Daybreak
Storm at Daybreak
(1933) as Gypsy Fiddler (uncredited) The Devil's in Love
The Devil's in Love
(1933) as Adjutant (uncredited) Queen Christina (1933) as Pedro (uncredited) Fugitive Lovers
Fugitive Lovers
(1934) as Deaf-Mute Bus Passenger (uncredited) Sadie McKee
Sadie McKee
(1934) as Riccori The Scarlet Empress
The Scarlet Empress
(1934) as Bit part (uncredited) The Great Flirtation (1934) as Paul Wengler Whom the Gods Destroy (1934) as Peter Korotoff Straight Is the Way (1934) as Mr. Slavko (uncredited) Now and Forever (1934) as French Jeweller (uncredited) Chained (1934) as Pablo, the Ranch Chef The Merry Widow (1934) as Manager of Maxim's (uncredited) Lady by Choice
Lady by Choice
(1934) as Poupolis (uncredited) The Captain Hates the Sea
The Captain Hates the Sea
(1934) as General Salazaro Here Is My Heart
Here Is My Heart
(1934) as Manager of Hotel The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) as Emir La veuve joyeuse (1935) as Turk The Winning Ticket (1935) as Giuseppe Rumba (1935) as Tony (uncredited) Naughty Marietta (1935) as Rudolpho Black Fury (1935) as Sokolsky Reckless (1935) as Chef at Wedding (uncredited) Go into Your Dance
Go into Your Dance
(1935) as Mexican in La Cucaracha Cantina Paris in Spring (1935) as Cafe Manager Black Fury (1935) as Romanoff (China Seas, 1935 – scenes deleted) (Ladies Love Danger, 1935 – scenes deleted) The Gay Deception
The Gay Deception
(1935) as Spellek The Big Broadcast of 1936
The Big Broadcast of 1936
(1935) as Boris Two-Fisted (1935) as Taxi Driver The Last Outpost (1935) as Mirov (uncredited) The Story of Louis Pasteur
The Story of Louis Pasteur
(1936) as Dr. Zaranoff Woman Trap (1936) as Joe Ramirez de la Valle Desire (1936) as Avilia, Police Official Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse
(1936) as Carlo Cibo The General Died at Dawn
The General Died at Dawn
(1936) as General Yang The Jungle Princess
The Jungle Princess
(1936) as Karen Neg (I Loved a Soldier, 1936 – unfinished film) Her Husband Lies
Her Husband Lies
(1937) as Big Ed Bullock The Soldier and the Lady (1937) as Ogareff King of Gamblers
King of Gamblers
(1937) as Steve Kalkas The Great Gambini
The Great Gambini
(1937) as The Great Gambini High, Wide, and Handsome
High, Wide, and Handsome
(1937) as Joe Varese This Way Please (1937) as Tartar Chieftain (uncredited) The Buccaneer (1938) as Dominique You Dangerous to Know
Dangerous to Know
(1938) as Stephan Recka Spawn of the North
Spawn of the North
(1938) as Red Skain Ride a Crooked Mile
Ride a Crooked Mile
(1938) as Mike Balan Paris Honeymoon
Paris Honeymoon
(1939) as Mayor Peter Karloca King of Chinatown
King of Chinatown
(1939) as Frank Baturin Union Pacific (1939) as Fiesta The Magnificent Fraud (1939) as Jules LaCroix / President Alvarado Honeymoon in Bali
Honeymoon in Bali
(1939) as Tony, the Window Washer Disputed Passage
Disputed Passage
(1939) as Dr. 'Tubby' Forster The Way of All Flesh (1940) as Paul Kriza Untamed (1940) as Joe Easter The Great McGinty
The Great McGinty
(1940) as The Boss North West Mounted Police (1940) as Dan Duroc Texas Rangers Ride Again
Texas Rangers Ride Again
(1940) as Mio PIo New York Town
New York Town
(1941) as Stefan Janowski The Corsican Brothers (1941) as Colonna Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
(1942) as The Lamb (voice, uncredited) Tortilla Flat (1942) as Pablo Five Graves to Cairo
Five Graves to Cairo
(1943) as Farid For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) as Pablo His Butler's Sister
His Butler's Sister
(1943) as Popoff The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
(1944) as The Boss The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944) as Uncle Pio Dragon Seed (1944) as Wu Lien Can't Help Singing (1944) as Gregory Pardon My Past
Pardon My Past
(1945) as Jim Arnold A Scandal in Paris
A Scandal in Paris
(1946) as Emile Vernet Fiesta (1947) as Chato Vasquez The Gangster
The Gangster
(1947) as Nick Jammey My Girl Tisa (1948) as Mr. Grumbach Relentless (1948) as Joe Faringo Outpost in Morocco
Outpost in Morocco
(1949) as Lt. Glysko Black Magic (1949) as Gitano Desert Legion (1953) as Pvt. Plevko They Who Dare
They Who Dare
(1954) as Captain George One You Know What Sailors Are (1954) as President of Agraria Cartouche (1955) as Marchese di Salpiere The Widow (1955) as The Uncle Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Arkadin
(1955) as Jakob Zouk The Black Sleep
The Black Sleep
(1956) as Odo Anastasia (1956) as Boris Adreivich Chernov Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) as Colonel Peng Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil
(1958) as 'Uncle' Joe Grandi Me and the Colonel (1958) as Szabuniewicz The Rifleman
The Rifleman
(TV series): New Orleans Menace (1958) as Cesar Tiffauges Desert Desperadoes
Desert Desperadoes
(1959) as The Merchant Ocean's 11
Ocean's 11
(1960) as Spyros Acebos La moglie di mio marito (it) (1961) as Presidente agenzia pubblicitaria The Bacchantes (1961) as Teiresias Romanoff and Juliet (1961) as Vadim Romanoff The Last Judgment (1961) as Play director The Italian Brigands
The Italian Brigands
(1961) as O Zingaro Ursus and the Tartar Princess
Ursus and the Tartar Princess
(1961) as Khan of the Tartars Invasion 1700
Invasion 1700
(1962) as Mielski Zasloba The Reluctant Saint
The Reluctant Saint
(1962) as Bishop The Trial (1962) as Bloch A Queen for Caesar
A Queen for Caesar
(1962) as Gnaeus Pompeius The Black Tulip (1964) as Marquis de Vigogne Panic Button (1964) as Pandowski Topkapi (1964) as Gerven the Cook Spuit Elf (nl) (1964) as Bakker / Brandmeester Le bambole
Le bambole
(1965) as Monsignor Arcudi (segment "Monsignor Cupido") Lord Jim (1965) as Schomberg Crime on a Summer Morning
Crime on a Summer Morning
(1965) as Frank Kramer Alphaville (1965) as Henri Dickson Marco the Magnificent
Marco the Magnificent
(1965) as The Old Man of the Mountain Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha
Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha
(1965) as Prof. Lambaré / Dr. Kha The Liquidator (1965) as Sheriek Adultery Italian Style
Adultery Italian Style
(1966) as Max Portesi Hotel Paradiso (1966) as Anniello, owner of Hotel Paradiso Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
(1966) as Tanamashu I nostri mariti
I nostri mariti
(1966) as Cesare (segment "Il Marito di Olga") After the Fox (1966) as Okra Un gangster venuto da Brooklyn (it) (1966) as Joe Montano The Vulture (1966) as Prof. Hans Koniglich A Rose for Everyone
A Rose for Everyone
(1967) as Basilio (Monsieur Lecoq, 1967 – Unfinished film) O tutto o niente (de) (1968) as Pigsty / Dean Light The Girl Who Couldn't Say No
The Girl Who Couldn't Say No
(1968) as Uncle Egidio Great Catherine (1968) as Sergeant Moto Shel Yehudi (1968) as Inspector Mehdaloun Then Came Bronson
Then Came Bronson
(pilot) (1969) as Papa Bear (100 Rifles,1969, as Gen. Romero – scenes deleted) Marquis de Sade: Justine (1969) as Du Harpin The Great Bank Robbery (1969) as Papa – Juan's Father (Don Quixote, as Sancho Panza
Sancho Panza
– unfinished, filmed between 1955–1969)


^ a b c "Akim Tamiroff, Actor, Is Dead; Had Screen Career of 35 Years". The New York Times. September 19, 1972. Archived from the original on 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.  ^ The Multi-Russian: Akim Tamiroff. Blog.wfmu.org (2007-05-13). Retrieved on 2014-04-01. ^ 'Practice Fun' Music Studio. Dougmacaulay.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-01. ^ "Akim Tamiroff". Retrieved September 2, 2016. [dead link]. theoscarsite.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-01. ^ Low-rated and barely animated, Rocky & Bullwinkle became a TV touchstone. Tv.avclub.com. Retrieved on July 8, 2013. ^ " Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards for 'Akim Tamiroff'". Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards. Hollywood
Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.  ^ "("Tamiroff" search results)". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 24 March 2018.  ^ The Moviegoer. (New York: Vintage, 1998), 165

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(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
(1945) Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
(1949) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1950) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1951) Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1955) Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
(1959) Sal Mineo
Sal Mineo
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1962) John Huston
John Huston
(1963) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1966) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1967) Daniel Massey (1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1974) Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin
(1975) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Peter Firth
Peter Firth
(1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Melvyn Douglas/ Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

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