Mischa Auer (1905–1967)

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Mischa Auer, the American screen's supreme exponent of the "Mad Russian" stereotype so dear to Yankee hearts before and after World War II, was born Mischa Ounskowsky on November 17, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the grandson of violinist Leopold Auer, whose surname he took when he became a professional actor in the U.S. during the 1920s. ... See full bio »


(age 61) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Confidential Report The Professor
Destry Rides Again Boris Callahan


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 1967 Per amore... per magia...
 1966 Arrivederci, Baby!
 1966 The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Jonathan, the Elf Foreman
 1966 Le train bleu s'arrête 13 fois (TV Series)
- Monte-Carlo: Un mari dangereux (1966) ... Boris
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
- Never Bet on Anything That Talks (1965) ... Heinie
 1964 What Ever Happened to Baby Toto?
Conte Mischa Auer
 1964 Clémentine chérie
Le décorateur (as Misha Auer)
 1964 Queste pazze pazze donne
The Psychiatrist (as Misha Auer)
 1964 Cleopazza
Produttore Strombic
 1964 I due mafiosi
 1963 Les femmes d'abord
Le baron Lionel de Balconi (as Misha Auer)
 1963 The King's Breakfast (Short)
Master of the King's Musik
 1962 We Joined the Navy
Colonel & President
 1960 Ninotchka (TV Movie)
 1959 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series)
Count Hager
- Maid to Order (1959) ... Count Hager
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Baron Von Zigler
- Ballad for a Bad Man (1959) ... Baron Von Zigler
 1958 Sputnik
Le professeur Papov (as Misha Auer)
 1958 Sacrée jeunesse
Prof. Koranoff (as Misha Auer)
 1958 Le tombeur
Pedro Olivaro (as Misha Auer)
 1958 Tabarin
Boris (as Misha Auer)
 1957 The Foxiest Girl in Paris
Cyril Boran (as Misha Auer)
 1957 La polka des menottes
Le professeur Charles Auguste Magne
 1956 The Montecarlo Story
Hector, the Maitre D'
 1956 Plucking the Daisy
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1956 Mannequins of Paris
Yaschlik (as Misha Auer)
 1956 Naughty Girl
Igor (ballet master) (as Misha Auer)
 1955 Thirteen at the Table
 1955 Trois de la Canebière
 1955 La pícara molinera
Pascual - el corregidor
 1955 The Impossible Mr. Pipelet
 1955 Frou-Frou
Et la participation de - Grand-Duc Alexis
 1955 Confidential Report
The Professor
 1955 School for Love
Berger (as Misha Auer)
 1954 Service Entrance
Nicolas Pouchkoff
 1953 Studio One (TV Series)
- The Laugh Maker (1953) ... Cosmo
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Nicola (segment "Arms and the Man")
- Arms and the Man (1953) ... Nicola (segment "Arms and the Man")
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Aldo Carmenelli
- In Any Language (1953) ... Aldo Carmenelli
 1952 Bachelor in Paris
Comte Marcel de Sarliac
 1950 Vivere a sbafo
Il Cavalier Pippo Berlocco
 1949 Snow White and the Seven Thieves
Danilo Biruski
 1949 Fame and the Devil
Bernard Stork
 1948 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
The Butler
- His Master's Affairs (1948) ... The Butler
 1948 Sofia
Ali Imagu
 1947 For You I Die
Alec Shaw
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Joe aka Count Boris
 1946 Sentimental Journey
Gregory Petrovich Rogozhin
 1945 And Then There Were None
Prince Nikita Starloff
 1945 Brewster's Millions
Mickey Mikhailovich
 1945 A Royal Scandal
Capt. Sukov
 1944 Up in Mabel's Room
 1944 Lady in the Dark
Russell Paxton
 1943 Around the World
Mischa Auer
 1942 Twin Beds
Nicolai Cherupin
 1942 Don't Get Personal
Stanislaus Noodnick aka Charlie
 1941 Hellzapoppin'
 1941 Moonlight in Hawaii
'Clipper' Canovan
 1941 Sing Another Chorus
Stanislaus Gregorovich Danniliewski
 1941 Hold That Ghost
 1941 Cracked Nuts
Boris Kabikoff
 1941 The Flame of New Orleans
 1940 Seven Sinners
 1940 Margie
Rafael Gomez
 1940 Spring Parade
 1940 Public Deb No. 1
 1940 Sandy Is a Lady
Felix Lobo Smith
 1940 Alias the Deacon
 1939 Destry Rides Again
Boris Callahan
 1939 Unexpected Father
Boris Bebenko
 1939 East Side of Heaven
 1938 Sweethearts
Leo Kronk
 1938 Little Tough Guys in Society
Dr. Trenkle
 1938 Service de Luxe
Serge Bebenko
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
 1938 The Rage of Paris
Mike - The Head Waiter
 1937 Prescription for Romance
Count Sandor
 1937 Merry-Go-Round of 1938
 1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl
Michael Borodoff
 1937 Vogues of 1938
Prince Muratov
 1937 It's All Yours
Baron Rene de Montigny
 1937 Marry the Girl
Dimitri Kyeff
 1937 Pick a Star
Rinaldo Lopez
 1937 We Have Our Moments
Capt. Enrico Mussetti
 1937 Top of the Town
 1936 That Girl from Paris
 1936 Three Smart Girls
Count Arisztid
 1936 College Holiday
Ticket Taker at Door (uncredited)
 1936 Winterset
 1936 The Gay Desperado
 1936 My Man Godfrey
 1936 The Princess Comes Across
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
Leading Man
 1936 Sons o' Guns
German Spy
 1936 The House of a Thousand Candles
Victor Demetrius
 1936 Here Comes Trouble (uncredited)
 1936 Tough Guy
Chi - Gangster
 1935 We're Only Human
William 'Lefty' Berger (uncredited)
 1935 I Dream Too Much
Darcy's Pianist
 1935 Condemned to Live
Zan, the Hunchback
 1935 Anna Karenina
Mahotin (uncredited)
 1935 The Crusades
 1935 The Adventures of Rex and Rinty
Tanaga [Chs. 1, 4, 8, 10-12]
 1935 Murder in the Fleet
Kamchukan Consul (uncredited)
 1935 Clive of India
King Suraj Ud Dowlah
 1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Captured Afridi (uncredited)
 1935 Mystery Woman
 1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl
Mr. Rabinowitz (uncredited)
 1934 My Grandfather's Clock (Short)
Servant (uncredited)
 1934 Student Tour
Sikh Cop (uncredited)
 1934 Beyond the Law
 1934 Stamboul Quest
Ameel Roberts
 1934 Change of Heart
Smith (uncredited)
 1934 The Trumpet Blows
Bullfighter (uncredited)
 1934 Viva Villa!
Military Attaché (uncredited)
 1934 The Woman Condemned
Dr. Wagner (as Mischa Aver)
 1934 Wharf Angel
 1934 The Crosby Case
DeCobra (uncredited)
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Sculptor (scenes deleted)
 1933 Girl Without a Room
 1933 Cradle Song
Village Priest
 1933 After Tonight
Agent Lehan
 1933 The Way to Love
Songwriter at Piano (uncredited)
 1933 Tarzan the Fearless
High Priest
 1933 Storm at Daybreak
Assassin (uncredited)
 1933 Corruption
 1933 I Loved You Wednesday
Piano Accompanist (uncredited)
 1933 Infernal Machine
Klein (uncredited)
 1933 Gabriel Over the White House
Mr. Thieson (uncredited)
 1933 The Intruder
Wild Man
 1933 Sucker Money
Swami Yomurda
 1933 Clear All Wires!
Arab Leader (uncredited)
 1933 Dangerously Yours
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Butler Pouring Drinks at Party (uncredited)
 1932 The Flaming Signal
Manu--High Priest
 1932 The Sign of the Cross
Christian in Dungeon (uncredited)
 1932 The Unwritten Law
Abu Eyd
 1932 Call Her Savage
Agitator in Restaurant (uncredited)
 1932 Scarlet Dawn
Sergei (uncredited)
 1932 The Western Code
 1932 Drifting Souls
 1932 Almost Married
Russian Policeman (uncredited)
 1932 Beauty Parlor
Herman Bauer
 1932 No Greater Love
 1932 The Last of the Mohicans
Gen. Montcalm
 1932 The Midnight Patrol
Dummy Black
 1932 Arsène Lupin
Louvre Tour Guide (uncredited)
 1932 Sinister Hands
Swami Yomurda
 1932 Murder at Dawn
 1932 The Monster Walks
Hanns Krug
 1931 Delicious
 1931 Mata Hari
Firing Squad Victim #3 (uncredited)
 1931 Working Girls
Elsie's Boyfriend (uncredited)
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
 1931 The Unholy Garden
Prince Nicolai Poliakoff
 1931 The Lady from Nowhere
 1931 Women Love Once
 1931 Women of All Nations
Hassan's Aide (uncredited)
 1931 Always Goodbye
Mechanic (uncredited)
 1931 The Spy
Man in Cafe
 1931 The Drums of Jeopardy
 1931 King of the Wild
Prince Dakka
 1931 It Pays to Advertise
Man Putting Sign on Car (uncredited)
 1931 Command Performance
Duke Charles
 1931 No Limit
 1931 The Royal Bed
Grecian Ambassador (uncredited)
 1930 Just Imagine
 1930 Shooting Straight
Frenchie (uncredited)
 1930 Inside the Lines
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Thug (Murder Will Out) (uncredited)
 1930 The Benson Murder Case
Albert Brecker (uncredited)
 1930 Guilty?
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1929 The Mighty
Hood (uncredited)
 1929 The Studio Murder Mystery
Grant's Secretary (uncredited)
 1929 Why Be Good?
Man Dancing at The Boiler (uncredited)
 1929 Marquis Preferred
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Max") in US touring company of "Magda". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Misha Auer | Mischa Aver


6' 2" (1.88 m)


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Did You Know?


Was in five Oscar Best Picture nominees: Viva Villa! (1934), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Three Smart Girls (1936), One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) and You Can't Take It with You (1938), only the last of these won. See more »

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