Biography

Baskin was born in Riga, the son of Frieda and Zalman Baskin.  He attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre. Baskin immigrated to the United States in 1976.  He has built a considerable career in TV and movies, and is often cast as a Russian, due to his ancestry and accent. He has ultimately become one of the most popular choices whenever a Russian is needed in a TV-episode or a major movie production.  He is also a regular on the long-running Internet program "Outlaw Radio" hosted by Matt Alan, where he makes amusing commentary on contemporary topics, and does comedic interaction with fellow actor Richard Tyson and author Burl Barer, among many others.

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Baskin was born in Riga, the son of Frieda and Zalman Baskin.  He attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre. Baskin immigrated to the United States in 1976.  He has built a considerable career in TV and movies, and is often cast as a Russian, due to his ancestry and accent. He has ultimately become one of the most popular choices whenever a Russian is needed in a TV-episode or a major movie production.  He is also a regular on the long-running Internet program "Outlaw Radio" hosted by Matt Alan, where he makes amusing commentary on contemporary topics, and does comedic interaction with fellow actor Richard Tyson and author Burl Barer, among many others.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 57

Birthday 1950-08-11

Place of Birth Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, U.S.S.R.

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Also Known As

  • Elya Zalmanovich Baskin

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 MacGyver(1 episode) as Alexander Orlov
2015 The Hive as Yuri Yegorov
2015 Silent Screams as Andrei
2013 Jimmy P. as Dr. Jokl
2010 Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright as Letvinko
2010 Rizzoli & Isles(1 episode) as Dr. Vladmir Papov
2009 Angels & Demons as Cardinal Petrov
2007 Spider-Man 3 as Mr. Ditkovitch
2007 The Dukes as Murph Sinitsky
2006 Heroes(2 episodes) as Ivan Spector
2006 The Elder Son as Uncle Fedya
2005 Criminal Minds(1 episode)
2005 The Closer(1 episode)
2005 Wheelmen as Vladimir
2004 Spider-Man 2 as Mr. Ditkovich
2003 Cold Case(1 episode)
2001 Alias(1 episode)
2001 The Agency(4 episodes)
2000 The Invisible Man(1 episode)
2000 Running Red as Strelkin
1999 The West Wing(1 episode)
1999 October Sky as Ike Bykovsky
1998 Becker(3 episodes)
1998 Felicity(1 episode)
1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest as Boris
1997 Alright Already(1 episode)
1997 Air Force One as Andrei Kolchak
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as Gen. Borschevsky
1996 Early Edition(1 episode)
1996 Something So Right(1 episode)
1996 Spy Hard as Professor Ukrinsky
1995 VR.5(1 episode)
1994 Love Affair as Ship Captain
1994 Ellen(1 episode)
1993 The Pickle as Russian Cap Driver
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger(2 episodes)
1992 The Larry Sanders Show(1 episode)
1991 Sisters(1 episode)
1990 Northern Exposure(1 episode)
1989 Enemies: A Love Story as Yaska Kobik
1989 True Blue(13 episodes)
1989 Quantum Leap(2 episodes)
1989 Coach(1 episode)
1989 DeepStar Six as Burciaga
1988 Roseanne(1 episode)
1986 Combat Academy as Interpreter
1986 The Name of the Rose as Severinus
1986 My Town as Slovack
1986 Streets of Gold as Klebanov
1985 MacGyver(2 episodes)
1985 Embassy as Aelx Serov
1984 2010 as Maxim Brailovsky
1984 Moscow on the Hudson as Anatoly Cherkasov
1983 Masquerade(1 episode)
1982 St. Elsewhere(2 episodes)
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums(1 episode)
1972 Telegram

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