Akim Tamiroff

Akim Tamiroff


Birth Place
October 29, 1899
September 17, 1972


Flamboyant, husky character actor in the US from 1923, who acted with the New York Theatre Guild before entering films. Ubiquitous in Paramount productions of the late 1930s, he usually played eccentric Slavic types, though he had a rare leading role in "The Way of the Flesh" (1940). From the early 1950s Tamiroff appeared in many European productions, with memorably baroque performances ...


Flamboyant, husky character actor in the US from 1923, who acted with the New York Theatre Guild before entering films. Ubiquitous in Paramount productions of the late 1930s, he usually played eccentric Slavic types, though he had a rare leading role in "The Way of the Flesh" (1940). From the early 1950s Tamiroff appeared in many European productions, with memorably baroque performances in Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville" (1965) and three Orson Welles films. (He also played the title character of Welles' unfinished "Sancho Panza.")



Cast (Feature Film)

Orson Welles' Don Quixote (1992)
Sancho Panza
The Girl Who Couldn't Say No (1969)
Uncle Egidio
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
Papa Pedro
Then Came Bronson (1969)
Papa Bear
Great Catherine (1968)
The Vulture (1967)
Professor Koniglich
A Rose for Everyone (1967)
Hotel Paradiso (1966)
Marco the Magnificent (1966)
"Old man of the mountain"
The Liquidator (1966)
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U. S. N. (1966)
After the Fox (1966)
Bambole (1965)
Monsignor Arendi
Lord Jim (1965)
Alphaville (1965)
Henri Dickson
Invasion 1700 (1965)
Baron Zagloba
Marie-Chantal Contre le Docteur Kha (1965)
Doctor Kha
Topkapi (1964)
Panic Button (1964)
The Trial (1963)
The Bacchantes (1963)
The Black Tulip (1963)
The Reluctant Saint (1962)
Bishop Durso
Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
Vadim Romanoff
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Spyros Acebos
Desert Desperadoes (1959)
The merchant
Touch of Evil (1958)
"Uncle" Joe Grandi
Me and the Colonel (1958)
Battle Hell (1957)
Anastasia (1956)
The Black Sleep (1956)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Jakob Zouk
La Vedova X (1955)
You Know What Sailors Are (1954)
They Who Dare (1954)
Captain George One
Desert Legion (1953)
Pvt. Plevko
Outpost in Morocco (1949)
Lt. Glysko
Black Magic (1949)
My Girl Tisa (1948)
Mr. Grumbach
Relentless (1948)
Joe Faringo
Fiesta (1947)
Chato Vasquez
The Gangster (1947)
Nick Jammey
A Scandal in Paris (1946)
Emile Vernet
A Scandal in Paris (1946)
Emile Vernet
Pardon My Past (1945)
Jim Arnold
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
"The Boss"
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)
Uncle Pio
Can't Help Singing (1944)
Dragon Seed (1944)
Wu Lien
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
His Butler's Sister (1943)
Tortilla Flat (1942)
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
[Baron] Colonna
New York Town (1941)
Stefan Janowski
The Way of All Flesh (1940)
Paul [Kriza Sr.]
The Great McGinty (1940)
The Boss
Untamed (1940)
Joe Easter
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
Mio Pio
Disputed Passage (1939)
Dr. "Tubby" Forster
King of Chinatown (1939)
Frank Baturin
The Magnificent Fraud (1939)
Jules La Croix/["El Toro"] President [Don Miguel Esteban] Alvarado
Union Pacific (1939)
Paris Honeymoon (1939)
Peter Karloca
Honeymoon in Bali (1939)
Window washer [Tony]
Dangerous to Know (1938)
Stephen Recka
Ride a Crooked Mile (1938)
Mike Balan
The Buccaneer (1938)
Dominique You
Spawn of the North (1938)
Red Skain
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)
Joe Varese
The Great Gambini (1937)
[Great] "Gambini"
King of Gamblers (1937)
Steve Kalkas
The Soldier and the Lady (1937)
[Ivan] Ogareff
Her Husband Lies (1937)
"Big Ed" Bullock
This Way Please (1937)
Tartar chieftain
Anthony Adverse (1936)
Carlo Cibo
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Dr. Zaronoff
Desire (1936)
Police official [Avilia]
The Jungle Princess (1936)
Karen Neg
Woman Trap (1936)
The General Died at Dawn (1936)
General Yang
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
Emir [also known as Othman Ali Bahadoor]
Naughty Marietta (1935)
The Last Outpost (1935)
The Winning Ticket (1935)
Two Fisted (1935)
Taxi driver
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
Paris in Spring (1935)
Cafe manager
The Gay Deception (1935)
Go into Your Dance (1935)
Rumba (1935)
Ladies Love Danger (1935)
China Seas (1935)
Black Fury (1935)
Fugitive Lovers (1934)
Deaf mute
Murder in the Private Car (1934)
Italian man
La veuve joyeuse (1934)
The Great Flirtation (1934)
Paul Wengler
Here Is My Heart (1934)
Manager of hotel
Sadie McKee (1934)
Whom the Gods Destroy (1934)
[Peter] Korotoff
The Merry Widow (1934)
Manager of Maxim's
Lady by Choice (1934)
Now and Forever (1934)
The Barbarian (1933)
Queen Christina (1933)
The Devil's in Love (1933)

Cast (Special)

The Chocolate Soldier (1955)
Major Ludek
Broadway (1955)
Nick Vardis

Cast (Short)

Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)

Life Events


Traveled to US on acting tour and remained


Film debut, "Sadie McKee"


First leading role, "The Buccaneer"

Photo Collections

Five Graves to Cairo - Lobby Cards
Here are some lobby cards from Five Graves to Cairo (1943), directed by Billy Wilder. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.


Movie Clip

Story Of Louis Pasteur, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) A Victim Of Your Bigotry Paris, 1860, summoned to the court of emperor Napoleon III (Walter Kingsford) in recognition for earlier feats, chemist Paul Muni (title character) rants about germs, irritating physician Charbonnet (Fritz Leiber) and gets blamed (by Porter Hall) for a murder committed by a civilian who supported his theories, then is consoled by Martel (Donald Woods), in The Story Of Louis Pasteur, 1936.
Story Of Louis Pasteur, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Predict The Hour Of My Death Divided over whether to support the title character (Paul Muni), their colleague, in his so-far unsuccessful quest for a rabies vaccine, the French medical academy leadership, led by fictional Charbonnet (Fritz Leiber), visits his lab, prompting a dramatic exhibition, in Warner Bros. The Story Of Louis Pasteur, 1936, with Akim Tamiroff as Zaranoff. and Raymond Brown as Radisse, with the pipe.
Union Pacific (1939) -- (Movie Clip) Pay Or No Pay Just a suggestion of the scale producer-director C.B. De Mille's has in mind, trouble shooter Jeff (Joel McCrea) discussing railroad progress with foreman Dusky (William Haade), mail girl Mollie (Barbara Stanwyck) working the crowd, in Union Pacific, 1939.
Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Last Christmas Morning The director, writer and co-star narrates the improbable opening, quick credits, then partial introduction of Van Stratten (Robert Arden) and Zouk (Akim Tamiroff), in Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin, 1962, (a.k.a. Confidential Report).
Captain Hates The Sea, The (1934) -- (Movie Clip) To Part Is To Die A Little Just away from Los Angeles, Akim Tamiroff as Salazaro misses his family, with new shipmates, John Gilbert as ex-reporter Steve, Victor McLaglen as gumshoe Schulte, who, while Helen Vinson introduces herself, predicts that their other pal, Danny (Fred Keating), his suspect in a big bond theft, will turn up, in The Captain Hates The Sea, 1934.
Scandal In Paris (1946) -- (Movie Clip) A Little Poorer Than Honest In the same year he narrated the opening to The Picture Of Dorian Gray, George Sanders introduces himself as the central character, the real person Eugene François Vidocq, and Akim Tamiroff as friend Emile, Douglas Sirk directing, in A Scandal In Paris, 1946, from Austrian ex-pat producer Arnold Pressburger, with Signe Hasso and Carole Landis.
Scandal In Paris (1946) -- (Movie Clip) They Call Me Sweet Loretta Introducing leading WWII pinup Carole Landis in one of her first post-war pictures, fugitives George Sanders and Akim Tamiroff (as the historical figure and central character Vidocq, and sidekick Emile) are persuaded she’s worth a look, in Marseilles ca. 1805, in A Scandal In Paris, 1946, from producer Arnold Pressburger.
Ocean's Eleven (1960) -- (Movie Clip) Nobody Will Even See Us Jimmy (Peter Lawford) introduces Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) who introduces the plan for the Las Vegas multi-casino heist to the gang of ex-Army buddies (Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Richard Conte as "Tony," et al) in Ocean's Eleven, 1960.
Reluctant Saint, The (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Is It Good For The Soul? Now a lay-brother at a monastery in 17th century Italy, Giuseppe (Maximillian Schell, title character) with two colleagues gets a quick lecture in humble behavior from pretty-strict Father Raspi (Ricardo Montalban), in producer-director Edward Dmytryk’s well-received box-office flop The Reluctant Saint, 1962.
Reluctant Saint, The (1962) -- (Movie Clip) A True Son Of St. Francis Franciscan monastery chiefs Fr. Raspi and Giovanni (Ricardo Montalban, Harold Goldblatt) hope to impress the visiting vicar-general (Akim Tamiroff) and not expose their clumsy stable-hand Giuseppe (Maximillian Schell, title character), in Edward Dmytryk’s The Reluctant Saint, 1962.
Hotel Paradiso (1966) -- (Movie Clip) Even More Desirable Arriving at the Paris hotel for which the movie is named, Boniface (Alec Guinness) and Marcelle (Gina Lollobrigida) bring differing levels of enthusiasm to their first assignation, Akim Tamiroff their host, her husband (Robert Morley) also a guest, in Hotel Paradiso, 1966.
Ocean's Eleven (1960) -- (Movie Clip) I Like To Have Rich Friends In Las Vegas planning the big heist, Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) makes an offer to his estranged wife Bea (Angie Dickinson), who doesn't much want to hear it, in the original Ocean's Eleven, 1960.


Anthony Adverse - (Original Trailer) Seven Oscar nominations went to Anthony Adverse (1936), Warner Brothers' adaptation of the best selling novel about 18th-Century Italy.
Great McGinty, The - (Original Trailer) A hobo (Brian Donlevy) rises to town mayor when he hooks up with a crooked political boss in Preston Sturges' The Great McGinty (1940).
Go Into Your Dance - (Original Trailer) Real-life husband and wife Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler star in the musical melodrama Go Into Your Dance (1935).
For Whom the Bell Tolls -- (Original Trailer) Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman fight the good fight in Spain in the movie of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943).
Five Graves to Cairo - (Original Trailer) A British corporal goes undercover to infiltrate Field Marshall Rommel's command in Billy Wilder's Five Graves to Cairo (1943).
Tortilla Flat - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr and John Garfield star in Tortilla Flat (1942), based on the novel by John Steinbeck.
Anastasia - (Original Trailer) A group of exiled Russians claim to have found the living daughter (Ingrid Bergman) of the Tsar in Anastasia (1956).
Topkapi - (Original Trailer) An international band of thieves plots to steal a priceless treasure from a heavily guarded museum in Topkapi (1964) starring Peter Ustinov and Maximilian Schell.
Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The - (Re-issue trailer) Three British soldiers in India fight invaders when not fighting each other in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) starring Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone.
Murder In The Private Car - (Original Trailer) A speeding train becomes the setting for murder in Murder In The Private Car (1934) starring Charles Ruggles.
Merry Widow, The (1934) - (Re-issue Trailer) A prince (Maurice Chevalier) from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country in Ernst Lubitsch's The Merry Widow (1934).
Reckless - (Original Trailer) A theatrical star (Jean Harlow) gets in over her head when she marries a drunken millionaire (William Powell) in Reckless (1935).