Elya Baskin

Actor
With the East European accent of his birth still evident in his speech, Elya Baskin has usually been cast to type in a wide variety of roles, from Russian spy to a naturalized American cop. Born in Riga, Latvia, he ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1950 in Riga, LV

Filmography

Actor (65)

Wheelmen 2016 (Movie)

Vladimir (Actor)

Castle 2014 (Tv Show)

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Jimmy P. 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Jokl (Actor)

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

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Rizzoli & Isles 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

Cosmonaut Dimitri (Actor)

Cold Case 2010 (Tv Show)

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Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

Cardinal Petrov (Actor)

Say It in Russian 2009 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

The Dukes 2008 (Movie)

Murph Sinitsky (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2007 (Tv Show)

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Heroes 2007 (Tv Show)

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Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Ditkovitch (Actor)

Color of the Cross 2006 (Movie)

Caiaphas (Actor)

Alias 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Elder Son 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Fedya (Actor)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Mr Ditkovitch (Actor)

The Agency 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Vladimir (Actor)

Becker 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Early Edition 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Felicity 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Quantum Leap 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Thirteen Days 2000 (Movie)

Anatoly Dobrinyn (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Ellen 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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October Sky 1999 (Movie)

Ike Byskovsky (Actor)

Running Red 1999 (Movie)

Strelkin (Actor)

Something So Right 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Alright Already 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

Adrei Kolchak (Actor)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 (Movie)

Borschevsky (Actor)

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

Professor Urinsky (Actor)

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Ship Captain (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Russian Cab Driver (Actor)

True Blue 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

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DeepStar Six 1989 (Movie)

Burciaga (Actor)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

Yasha Kotik (Actor)

Vice Versa 1988 (Movie)

Kerschner (Actor)

Spy Trap 1987 (Movie)

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Moscow Bureau 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

Klebanov (Actor)

The Name of the Rose 1986 (Movie)

Severinus (Actor)

Embassy 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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2010 1984 (Movie)

Maxim Barilovsky (Actor)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

Anatoly (Actor)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

Tuba Player (Actor)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

Pavel Marganin (Actor)

Being There 1979 (Movie)

Russian Aide Karpatov (Actor)

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

Bookkeeper (Actor)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

Bad Breath Actor (Actor)

Combat High (TV Show)

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Embassy (Movie)

Alex Serov (Actor)

My Town (TV Show)

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Runaway Virus (TV Show)

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Sawdust (TV Show)

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Zits (Movie)

Timoshenko (Actor)
Sound (1)

Child 44 2015 (Movie)

Loop Group(The Loop Squad) (Looping Coordinator)

Biography

With the East European accent of his birth still evident in his speech, Elya Baskin has usually been cast to type in a wide variety of roles, from Russian spy to a naturalized American cop. Born in Riga, Latvia, he attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and was subsequently accepted at the Moscow Comedy Theatre where he won a Festival of Young Actors Award. Although he had every reason to assume his career as a performer was assured, life in the Soviet Union for an artist of Jewish descent had its pitfalls. In 1976 when the emigration rules were relaxed, Baskin was allowed to leave on a year's visa. He made his way to Hollywood, where producer Paul Maslansky (with whom he had worked in Russia) agreed to lend a hand. Soon, Baskin had his first US role, albeit a small one, in Gene Wilder's "The World's Greatest Lover" (1977). More small roles followed, such as a bookkeeper in "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years" and a Russian aide in "Being There" (both 1979), leading to the circus clown Anatoly opposite Robin Williams in Paul Mazursky's "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984). Baskin has continued to work in films, including a turn as Burciaga, the Polish scientist, in "Deepstar Six" (1989), and as the ship captain in "Love Affair" (1994). Baskin played the terrorist pilot in "Air Force One" (1997), a departure from his previous roles, which were often classified as "nice guys." He has also compiled many TV credits, including Mr. Slovak, a local immigrant, in "My Town" (1986), and Yuri, a member of an elite police squad in the short-lived "True Blue" (NBC, 1979-80).

Relationships

Marina Bashkin

Wife
married in 1995 met at the Moscow Film Festival

Michelle Baskin

Daughter
born August 3, 1997 in Santa Monica, CA

EDUCATION

Moscow Theater and Variety Arts College

Milestones

1997

Played terrorist pilot in "Air Force One"

1989

TV debut as series regular, "True Blue"

1986

Early TV role as Mr. Slovak, "My Town"

1984

Co-starred as Anatoly in "Moscow on the Hudson"

1977

Film debut, small role, "The World's Greatest Lover"

1976

Obtained exit visa from USSR; toured Europe before visiting USA

Member, Moscow Comedy Theatre

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