Akim Tamiroff

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Akim Mikhailovich Tamiroff[lower-alpha 1] (born Hovakim Tamiryants;[lower-alpha 2][1] October 29, 1899 – September 17, 1972) was an Armenian-American actor of film, stage, and television. One of the premier character actors of Hollywood's Golden Age,[2] Tamiroff appeared in at least 80 motion pictures in a career spanning 37 years, developing a prolific career despite his thick accent.[3]

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Akim Tamiroff
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Tamiroff in the Netherlands in 1964
Hovakim Tamiryants

(1899-10-29)October 29, 1899
DiedSeptember 17, 1972(1972-09-17) (aged 72)
Alma materMoscow Art Theatre
Years active1919–1972
(m. 1932)

He was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in The General Died at Dawn (1936) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), and the latter won him the first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Orson Welles, a personal friend and oft-collaborator, praised him as "the greatest of all screen actors."[4]

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