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Shimen Ruskin (1907–1976)

Shimen Ruskin was born on February 25, 1907 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Russian Empire. He was an actor and assistant director, known for The Producers (1967), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Shaft (1971). He was married to Kay. He died on April 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »
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Known For

The Producers
The Producers The Landlord
Fiddler on the Roof
Shaft Dr. Sam
Love and Death
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 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Ben Hillel
- The Nicest Guys on the Block (1975) ... Ben Hillel
 1975 Love and Death
 1975 Grandpa Max (TV Movie)
Louis Yates
 1972-1973 The Corner Bar (TV Series)
Meyer Shapiro
- Aunt Blanche (1973) ... Meyer Shapiro
- The Space on the Barroom Floor (1973) ... Meyer Shapiro
- Fifty Grand (1973) ... Meyer Shapiro
- Mixed Doubles (1973) ... Meyer Shapiro
- To Your Good Health (1973) ... Meyer Shapiro
 1971 Shaft
Dr. Sam
 1967 The Producers
The Landlord
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Mr. Wisansky
- If Your Grandmother Had Wheels (1964) ... Mr. Wisansky
 1953 Donovan's Brain
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
- Mr. O (1952)
 1952 Holiday for Sinners
Man Panhandled by Joe (uncredited)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
- Marry My Past (1952)
 1952 The First Time
Tidy Didy Man (uncredited)
 1951 Ten Tall Men
Disgruntled Riff (uncredited)
 1951 Behave Yourself!
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1951 The Fat Man
Louie - Waiter (uncredited)
 1950 Undercover Girl
Janitor (uncredited)
 1950 Please Believe Me
Y. Barosian (uncredited)
 1950 Gun Crazy
Cab Driver
 1949 Bride for Sale
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1949 Mr. Soft Touch
Gus, the Lookout (uncredited)
 1949 The Life of Riley
Muley (uncredited)
 1948 Every Girl Should Be Married
Photo Peddler (uncredited)
 1948 Force of Evil
Sorter (uncredited)
 1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman
Stefan's Friend at Café (uncredited)
 1947 Dark Passage
Driver Hitting Kennedy (uncredited)
 1947 Body and Soul
Shimen (uncredited)
 1947 Slave Girl
Rug Merchant (uncredited)
 1947 Johnny O'Clock
Dry Cleaner (uncredited)
 1947 The Arnelo Affair
Driver (uncredited)
 1946 Cross My Heart
Juror (uncredited)
 1946 Crack-Up
Dissenter at Art Lecture (uncredited)
 1946 Deadline at Dawn
Sam - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1946 The Mask of Diijon
 1946 From This Day Forward
Artist in Shop (uncredited)
 1946 Miss Susie Slagle's
O'Connor (uncredited)
 1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife
Busboy (uncredited)
 1945 Hold That Blonde!
Russian Waiter (uncredited)
 1944 Murder, My Sweet
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1944 3 Men in White
Martinelli the Tailor (uncredited)
 1944 In Our Time
Bartender (uncredited)
 1943 What a Woman!
Gadajalski (uncredited)
 1943 Swing Out the Blues
Hungarian Cafe Manager (uncredited)
 1943 Young Ideas
Book Clerk (uncredited)
 1943 Good Luck, Mr. Yates
Peter Miliach (uncredited)
 1942 The Big Street
Joe - Waiter Captain in Florida (uncredited)
 1941 Babes on Broadway
Excited Russian (uncredited)
 1941 Dance Hall
Charles 'Limpy' Larkin
 1941 Citizen Kane
Hireling (uncredited)
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
 1941 Footlight Fever
Radio Station Man Yelling 'Flash' (uncredited)
 1941 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga
Band Member (uncredited)
 1940 Comrade X
Russian Bridegroom (uncredited)
 1938 Having Wonderful Time
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Stage Play: Having Wonderful Time. Comedy. Written by Arthur Kober. Directed by Marc Connelly. Lyceum Theatre: 20 Feb 1937- 8 Jan 1938 (372 performances). Cast: Richard Allen (as "Ensemble"), Wolfe Barzell (as "Abe Tobias"), Juanita Beatty (as "Ensemble"), Hudey Block (as "Mr. G."), Ann Brody (as "Mrs. G."), Solen Burry (as "Schmutz") [... See more »

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Originally, his name was "Druskin," but he changed it after he went into an acting career. All of his descendants carry the name "Ruskin." See more »

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