Akim Tamiroff (1899–1972)

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Though born in Georgia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a stage career. This included road company ... See full bio »

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Known For

Touch of Evil 'Uncle' Joe Grandi
Alphaville Henri Dickson
The Trial Bloch


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 1972 Don Quixote
Sancho Panza
 1969 Death of a Jew
Inspector Mehdaloun
 1969 Marquis de Sade's Justine
Du Harpin
 1969 100 Rifles
Gen. Romero (scenes deleted)
 1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Papa Bear
- Pilot (1969) ... Papa Bear
 1968 Great Catherine
 1968 The Girl Who Couldn't Say No
Uncle Egidio
 1968 Either All or None
Pigsty / Dean Light
 1967 A Rose for Everyone
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Chairman Georgi Koz
- The Jingle Bells Affair (1966) ... Chairman Georgi Koz
 1966 The Vulture
Prof. Hans Koniglich
 1966 Hotel Paradiso
 1966 Un gangster venuto da Brooklyn
Joe Montano
 1966 After the Fox
 1966 I nostri mariti
Cesare (segment "Il marito di Olga")
 1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
 1966 Adulterio all'italiana
Max Portesi
 1965 The Liquidator
 1965 Blue Panther
Prof. Lambaré / Dr. Kha
 1965 Marco the Magnificent
The Old Man of the Mountain
 1965 Alphaville
Henri Dickson (as Akim Tamirof)
 1965 Crime on a Summer Morning
Frank Kramer
 1965 Lord Jim
 1965 The Dolls
Monsignor Arendi (segment "Monsignor Cupido")
 1964 Spuit Elf
Bakker / Brandmeester
 1964 Topkapi
Gerven - the Cook
 1964 Panic Button
 1964 The Black Tulip
Le marquis de Vigogne
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
- A Pelican in the Wilderness (1963) ... Goldstein
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
John Solasky
- The Trial of Twenty-Two (1963) ... John Solasky
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Emil Pappas / Demetru Lapesku
- The Highest of Prizes (1963) ... Emil Pappas
- ..And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them!.. (1962) ... Demetru Lapesku
 1962 A Queen for Caesar
 1962 The Trial
 1962 The Reluctant Saint
Bishop Durso
 1962 Invasion 1700
Baron Mielski Zagloba
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Boulanger
- View from the Eiffel Tower (1962) ... Inspector Boulanger
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Sam Benjamin
- Blues for the Left Foot (1962) ... Sam Benjamin
 1961 Tartar Invasion
Khan of the Tartars
 1961 Seduction of the South
O Zingaro
 1961 The Last Judgment
Play director
 1961 Romanoff and Juliet
Vadim Romanoff
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Joe Muharich
- The Joe Muharich Story (1961) ... Joe Muharich
 1961 The Bacchantes
 1961 La moglie di mio marito
Presidente agenzia pubblicitaria
 1960 Ocean's Eleven
Spyros Acebos
 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Farago
- Thunder in the Night (1960) ... Captain Farago
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Andy Baranov
- The Assassins (1960) ... Andy Baranov
 1960 Tales of the Vikings (TV Series)
- Port of Thieves (1960) ... Eyulf
- The Treasure (1960) ... Eyulf
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
- Love Is a Headache (1959) ... Tony
 1959 Desert Desperados
The Merchant
 1958 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Cesar Tiffauges
- New Orleans Menace (1958) ... Cesar Tiffauges
 1958 Me and the Colonel
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1958 Touch of Evil
'Uncle' Joe Grandi
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' (1958) ... Governor (uncredited)
 1957 Battle Hell
Col. Peng
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
General Otakar Zandek
- The Great Sebastians (1957) ... General Otakar Zandek
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Anagnos
- The Miracle Worker (1957) ... Mr. Anagnos
 1956 Anastasia
Boris Adreivich Chernov
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
Pancho Villa
- This Is Villa (1956) ... Pancho Villa
 1956 The Black Sleep
 1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- One Forty Two (1956) ... Mendoza
 1955 La vedova X
The Uncle
 1955 Cartouche
Il marchese di Salpiere
 1955 Confidential Report
Jakob Zouk
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Albert Ganz
- To Wake at Midnight (1955) ... Albert Ganz
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Nick Verdis
- Broadway (1955) ... Nick Verdis
 1955 The Chocolate Soldier (TV Movie)
Major Ludek
 1954 You Know What Sailors Are
President of Agraria
 1954 They Who Dare
Captain George One
 1954 The Black Forest (TV Movie)
Baron von Moribund
 1953 Desert Legion
Pvt. Plevko
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Torras
- Trouble in Pier Twelve (1952) ... Captain Torras
 1949 Black Magic
 1949 Outpost in Morocco
Lt. Glysko
 1948 Relentless
Joe Faringo
 1948 My Girl Tisa
Mr. Grumbach
 1947 The Gangster
Nick Jammey
 1947 Fiesta
Chato Vasquez
 1946 A Scandal in Paris
Emile Vernet
 1945 Pardon My Past
Jim Arnold
 1944 Can't Help Singing
 1944 Dragon Seed
Wu Lien
 1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Uncle Pio
 1943 His Butler's Sister
 1943 Five Graves to Cairo
 1942 Tortilla Flat
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
The Lamb (voice, uncredited)
 1941 The Corsican Brothers
Baron Colonna
 1941 New York Town
Stefan Janowski
 1940 Texas Rangers Ride Again
Mio Pio
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Dan Duroc
 1940 The Great McGinty
The Boss
 1940 Untamed
Joe Easter
 1940 The Way of All Flesh
Paul Kriza
 1939 Disputed Passage
Dr. 'Tubby' Forster
 1939 Honeymoon in Bali
Tony, the Window Washer
 1939 The Magnificent Fraud
Jules LaCroix / President Alvarado
 1939 Union Pacific
 1939 King of Chinatown
Frank Baturin
 1939 Paris Honeymoon
Mayor Peter Karloca
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
Mike Balan
 1938 Spawn of the North
Red Skain
 1938 Dangerous to Know
Stephan Recka
 1938 The Buccaneer
Dominique You
 1937 This Way Please
Tartar Chieftain (uncredited)
 1937 High, Wide and Handsome
Joe Varese
 1937 The Great Gambini
The Great Gambini
 1937 King of Gamblers
Steve Kalkas
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady
 1937 Her Husband Lies
Big Ed Bullock
 1936 The Jungle Princess
Karen Neg
 1936 The General Died at Dawn
General Yang
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Carlo Cibo
 1936 Woman Trap
Joe Ramirez de la Valle
 1936 Desire
Avilia - Police Official
 1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur
Dr. Zaranoff
 1935 The Last Outpost
Mirov (uncredited)
 1935 Two Fisted
Taxi Driver
 1935 Ladies Love Danger
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
 1935 The Gay Deception
 1935 China Seas
 1935 Paris in Spring
Cafe Manager
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Mexican in La Cucaracha Cantina
 1935 Reckless
Chef at Wedding (uncredited)
 1935 Black Fury
Sokolsky (as Akin Tamiroff)
 1935 Naughty Marietta
 1935 Rumba
Tony (uncredited)
 1935 The Winning Ticket
 1935 The Merry Widow
Le Turc
 1934 Here Is My Heart
Manager of Hotel
 1934 The Captain Hates the Sea
Gen. Salazaro
 1934 Lady by Choice
Poupolis (uncredited)
 1934 The Merry Widow
Manager of Maxim's (uncredited)
 1934 Chained
Pablo, the Ranch Chef
 1934 Now and Forever
French Jeweller (uncredited)
 1934 Straight Is the Way
Mr. Slavko (uncredited)
 1934 Whom the Gods Destroy
Peter Korotoff
 1934 The Great Flirtation
Paul Wengler
 1934 Sadie McKee
 1934 The Scarlet Empress
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lovers
Deaf-Mute Bus Passenger (uncredited)
 1933 Queen Christina
Pedro (uncredited)
 1933 The Devil's in Love
Adjutant (uncredited)
 1933 Storm at Daybreak
Gypsy Fiddler (uncredited)
 1933 Professional Sweetheart
Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
 1933 Gabriel Over the White House
Delegate to the Debt Conference (uncredited)
 1933 Clear All Wires!
Moscow Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1932 Okay America!
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in Anton Chekhov's plays, "Uncle Vanya," and "The Cherry Orchard;" Gorky's play, "The Lower Depths;" Alexei Tolstoy's play, "Tsar Fyodor Ivanovitch," and an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's play, "The Brothers Karamazov," in a Moscow Art Theatre Repertory Company production at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Akim Tamirof | A. Tamiroff | Akin Tamiroff


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Tamara Shayne  (his death)

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Personal Quote:

[on working with Gary Cooper in The General Died at Dawn (1936)] For three days I acted rings around him. I've got him stopped. Against my acting he can do nothing. So I look at the rushes. On the screen I am there. Everybody else is there. But what do I see? Nothing! Nothing, that is, except Gary Cooper. He isn't doing anything at all, but he's taking the scenes away from me. See more »


Spoke English, French, Italian and Russian. See more »


Played characters of many different nationalities and ethnicities, though ironically not his own (Armenian).

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