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Overview (4)

Born in San Tome, Venezuela
Birth NameAndrew Daniel Divoff
Nickname Andy
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andrew Daniel Divoff is a Russian film, television actor and stuntman, best known for playing the evil Djinn in the first two Wishmaster films and the villains Cherry Ganz in Another 48 Hrs., Ernesto Mendoza in A Low Down Dirty Shame, Boris Bazylev in Air Force One, Ivan Sarnoff in CSI: Miami and Mikhail Bakunin in Lost. He was born on July 2, 1955 in San Tomé, Venezuela. His father is Russian and his mother is Spanish. He lived five years in Vilassar de Mar (Spain), between 1973 and 1977, feeling himself to be Catalan too. He lives in the United States. Divoff can speak eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Catalan, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian. He used to speak Romanian but forgot the language when he had no one with whom to speak it. He also acted in The Hunt for Red October, Air Force One and Toy Soldiers. Before fame, he was born in Venezuela and lived in Spain for five years. He typically plays villains, especially the leaders of drug cartels, in his films.

Divoff has played many villains in film and on television, usually drug cartel leaders, and is best known for having played the nefarious Djinn in the first two films of the Wishmaster series. His other films include Another 48 Hrs., The Hunt for Red October, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Air Force One and Toy Soldiers.

Divoff played the lead role in the Midnight Syndicate's Indie horror flick The Dead Matter.

Divoff's television guest appearances include The A-Team, JAG and Highlander: The Series.

Divoff had a recurring role on Lost as Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian member of the Others who lived in the Flame station of the DHARMA Initiative. He appeared in "The Cost of Living", and later in "Enter 77" and "Par Avion". He later appeared, in flashbacks, in "One of Us," and reappeared in the episodes "D.O.C.", "The Man Behind the Curtain", "Through the Looking Glass" and "The Package".

Divoff's latest work was his recurring role as Ivan Sarnoff on CSI: Miami Season 7 (2008-2009). Ivan Sarnoff was a Russian Mobster leader who owned an MMA fighting studio in S07E04 Raging Cannibal. Ivan also ran a horse race betting scam in S07E13 And They're Offed. Then Ivan targets the CSI team in S07E19 Target Specific. In the last episode of the season, Ivan escapes an assassination attempt by the Russian mob in S07E25 Seeing Red. He acted alongside Harrison Ford in Air Force One.

He was married to Russian actress Raissa Danilova in 1992 but they later divorced in 1998 and was once engaged to Russian model and horror writer Marina Drujko.

A long time resident of California, living in the San Bernadino mountains, Andrew Divoff's rustic home is hub for his international travels and diverse array of work. Venezuela born of Russian/Irish descent Divoff is an alumnus of Georgetown University, where he honed his skills in the study of languages, the result seeing him speak eight languages fluently. Andrew is a S.A.G actor and film producer with more than a hundred movies (including 'Toy Soliders', 'Another 48 Hours', 'Air Force One', and 'You Can't Kill The Bogeyman') and television (including 'Lost', 'CSI', and 'Twilight Zone') episodes to his credit. His personal and business ties stretch from Washington D.C. to Hollywood and around the world. He has a driving passion for environmental issues, and has used his celebrity status, putting purpose ahead of profit, for several environmental causes. Andrew is a founder of Verdant Resource, Inc., a flexible purpose corporation dedicated to location, retrieval and provision of resources found throughout planet Earth, and promoting their use in a sustainable way of life employing verdant methods. He is also a partner in a private water utility, Alpine Village Water Company, LLC in Pinyon, California.

People acknowledged Andrew Divoff and his work from The WishMaster series, though other fans may have noticed him before in movies like Oblivion (1994) and Toy Soldiers (1991). Almost every movie you see Andrew in he always plays the bad guy, which is what we love best about him. A very shy boy when he was younger, Andrew always had the sense of humor no one else could understand. Born in San Tome, Venezuela Andrew Divoff currently resides in Los Angeles. First audition for Andrew was over a pay phone speaking Russian. Andrew has both a high school and college degree.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: crazymoviereviewer

Spouse (1)

Raissa Danilova (29 February 1992 - ?) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Best known as Wishmaster from "Wishmaster" films.
Usually plays a Russian character.
Rich, threatening voice.

Trivia (33)

Has a scar on his right eyebrow.
Likes to hike and go skiing when he's not working on set.
Reads, writes and speaks 8 languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Catalan, Portuguese and Russian. He used to be able to speak a 9th language (Romanian) but forgot the language when he had no one with whom to speak it.
Born to a Venezuelan mother and a Russian father.
He and Ilia Volok have both played Russian antagonists for Harrison Ford in two movies. In Air Force One (1997), Volokh and Divoff both played Russian terrorists who tried to kill Ford's character of "The President of the U.S.". In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), they both played Russians who also attacked Ford's character of "Indiana Jones".
Lived in the Catalan coast town of Vilassar de Mar from 1973 to 1977, where he learned to speak Catalan. He worked as a tourist guide in the Costa Brava.
Andrew Divoff appears as a post-plastic-surgery "Karakurt" in a few episodes of The Blacklist (2013). While he does not act until a later episode, his likeness first appears on the show in a photograph shown in episode The Blacklist: The Djinn (No. 43) (2015). This is intriguing because one of Andrew's most well known roles features him playing "The Djinn" in Wishmaster (1997) (he also continued the role in Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)).
Co-starred with Jurgen Prochnow in two films: Interceptor (1992) and Air Force One (1997). In the former, he was the hero to counter Prochnow's villain while, in the latter, he was part of Prochnow's character's terrorist group trying to free him from prison.
Previously married to his Stephen King's Graveyard Shift (1990) co-star Raissa Danilova.
Has appeared in films with two Highlander leads: Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul.
Co-starred twice with Scott Glenn: The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Extreme Justice (1993).
Co-starred with Alexander Nevsky in three films: Moscow Heat (2004), Treasure Raiders (2007) and Magic Man (2010).
Often plays soldiers, pirates, gangsters, cops, scientists, doctors or terrorists.
Co-starred twice with Robert Patrick: in the film Hong Kong 97 (1994) and guest starring on the TV show The Unit (2006).
Guest starred on various TV shows produced by Carlton Cuse including The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Nash Bridges, Martial Law, Lost, The Strain and Colony.
Best pals with actor Robert LaSardo who he co-starred with in Crossfire (1998), Wishmaster 2 (1999) and CSI: Miami (2002).
Has co-starred with Adrian Paul three times: playing two different characters on Highlander TV series and appearing in the feature film Moscow Heat (1994).
Co-starred twice with Danny Trejo: The Stranger (1995) and Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014).
Often appears in Horror, Crime or Action themed movies and TV shows.
Best known for his portrayal of the title Horror character in the first two Wishmaster films.
Co-starred with Tony Todd in three titles: Wishmaster (1997), Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck (2007) and in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Appeared in four Albert Pyun films: Hong Kong 97 (1994), Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996), Nemesis 4 (1996) and Blast (1997).
Co-starred three times with Lou Diamond Phillips: Extreme Justice (1993), Dangerous Touch (1994) and Knight Club (2001).
His mother is also Irish.
Former taxi driver.
His mother passed away three days before filming of Another 48 Hours. His father, while not crazy about his desire to become an actor at first, later applauded his success at the premiere of Toy Soldiers and considers his Luis Cali role in the latter film to be his best role to date.
Was a fan of actor David Caruso prior to working with him on CSI: Miami.
Witnessed the Berlin wall come crashing down along with fellow acting pal William Forsythe.
Was never paid for his time on his first film Neon Maniacs. Later reported the troubled production to the film unions. He also witnessed animal cruelty such as dead pigeons and has still not seen this film to this day. He remarks that it was just another important lesson.
Director Robert Kurtzman was a fan of Divoff's previous film Toy Soldiers before having him cast in Wishmaster.
Co-starred twice with Robert Davi: For Which He Stands (1996) and Magic Man (2010).
Co-starred three times with William Forsythe: For Which He Stands (1996), Blue Hill Avenue (2001) and Slip N Fall (2011).
Co-starred twice with Ernie Hudson: For Which He Stands (1996) and Stealth Fighter (1999).

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