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Elya Baskin

Baskin was born in Riga, the son of Frieda and Zalman Baskin.  He attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre. Baskin immigrated to the United States in 1976.  He has built a considerable career in TV and movies, and is often cast as a Russian, due to his ancestry and accent. He has ultimately become one of the most popular choices whenever a Russian is needed in a TV-episode or a major movie production.  He is also a regular on the long-running Internet program "Outlaw Radio" hosted by Matt Alan, where he makes amusing commentary on contemporary topics, and does comedic interaction with fellow actor Richard Tyson and author Burl Barer, among many others. Description above from the Wikipedia article Elya Baskin, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.    

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Aug 11, 1950 In Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, U.S.S.R.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Telegram 1972-05-15
Latest Project:
Series MacGyver 2016-09-23
Known For
Poster of Quantum Leap
Poster of Streets of Gold
Series MacGyver Alexander Orlov 2016-09-23
Movie Silent Screams Andrei 2015-04-03
Movie The Hive Yuri Yegorov 2015-09-14
Movie Jimmy P. Dr. Jokl 2013-09-11
Movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon Cosmonaut Dimitri 2011-06-28
Series Rizzoli & Isles Dr. Vladmir Papov 2010-07-12
Movie Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright Letvinko 2010-12-28
Movie Angels & Demons Cardinal Petrov 2009-05-13
Movie The Dukes Murph Sinitsky 2007-04-23
Movie Spider-Man 3 Mr. Ditkovitch 2007-05-01
Movie The Elder Son Uncle Fedya 2006-01-01
Series Heroes Ivan Spector 2006-09-25
Movie Wheelmen Vladimir 2005-06-03
Series The Closer Unknown 2005-06-13
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Movie Spider-Man 2 Mr. Ditkovich 2004-06-25
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Thirteen Days Anotoly Dobrinyn 2000-12-24
Movie Runaway Virus Father Vadim 2000-01-29
Movie Running Red Strelkin 1998-01-01
Series Felicity Unknown 1998-09-29
Movie Air Force One Andrei Kolchak 1997-07-25
Movie Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Boris 1997-11-02
Movie Spy Hard Professor Ukrinsky 1996-05-24
Series Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Movie Love Affair Ship Captain 1994-10-21
Series Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Movie The Pickle Russian Cap Driver 1993-04-30
Series The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
Series Sisters Unknown 1991-05-11
Movie DeepStar Six Burciaga 1989-01-13
Series Quantum Leap Unknown 1989-03-26
Movie Enemies, A Love Story Yaska Kobik 1989-12-13
Series Roseanne Unknown 1988-10-18
Movie Streets of Gold Klebanov 1986-01-01
Movie My Town Slovack 1986-05-25
Movie The Name of the Rose Severinus 1986-09-24
Movie Combat Academy Interpreter 1986-11-23
Movie Embassy Aelx Serov 1985-04-21
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Moscow on the Hudson Anatoly Cherkasov 1984-06-04
Movie 2010 Maxim Brailovsky 1984-12-06
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie Raise the Titanic Marganin 1980-08-01
Movie Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Book-keeper 1979-06-15
Movie Telegram 1972-05-15
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