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Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov Smirnoff was born on January 24, 1951 in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Yakov Naumovich Pokhis. He is an actor and writer, known for The Money Pit (1986), Brewster's Millions (1985) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). He was previously married to Linda Dreeszen. See full bio »

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Known For

The Money Pit
The Money Pit Shatov
Brewster's Millions
Heartburn Contractor Laszlo


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 2014 The Comeback Kids (TV Series)
Valdemar Steinberg
- To Hollywood with Love (2014) ... Valdemar Steinberg (rumored)
 1993 Major Dad (TV Series)
Major Sacha Sarotsky
- From Russia with Like (1993) ... Major Sacha Sarotsky
 1989 Up Your Alley
Russian Man
 1986 Heartburn
Contractor Laszlo
 1986 The Money Pit
 1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Dmitri Kostov
- Dare Devil/Picture Me as a Spy/Sleeper (1986) ... Dmitri Kostov
 1985 It's a Living (TV Series)
KGB Agent
- From Russia with Love (1985) ... KGB Agent
 1985 Brewster's Millions
 1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Bela Pravik
- Sudden Death (1983) ... Bela Pravik
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Show Show Self (27 credits)

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Other Works:

TV commercials for ABC Saturday Mornings. See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Yakov Smirnov

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Personal Quote:

In Russia, if a male athlete loses, he becomes a female athlete. See more »


Lives and works in Branson, Missouri. See more »


Performs comedic routines with a heavy Russian accent. His trademark line is: "What a country!"

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In Soviet Russia, Message Board Topic Reads YOU! spacecowboy1337
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Doesn't anybody get his name? digimini
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