Leon Askin

Biography

Date of Birth 18 September 1907, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria] Date of Death 3 June 2005, Vienna, Austria (natural causes) Birth Name Leo Aschkenasy Mini Biography As a nine year-old boy, Leon Askin recited a 17-stanza eulogy for Emperor Franz Josef in front of the city hall in Vienna's 9th District. Little did the son of a salesman know then that he would one day be the student of Max Reinhardt and Louise Dumont, and discover Jura Soyfer while directing the political cabaret "ABC". Emigration brought him into contact with even more 20th-century luminaries: in 1938 he met Erwin Piscator, the founder of the school of Epic Realism, and worked with him for the next 30 years. On the set of Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three (1961), Wilder once exclaimed, "Here comes my professional!" Askin, who was often cast as the "funny villain", performed alongside Richard Burton, Doris Day and James Cagney. It is not merely exposure to big stars that distinguishes Leon Askin, though. He captured the hearts of critics and audiences with his impressive stage performances of "Faust" and "Shylock" on Broadway, which he also directed, and "Othello" in Hamburg. In addition, Askin made TV history as Gen. Burkhalter in the series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965). Spouse Anita Wicher (2002 - 3 June 2005) (his death) Annelies Ehrlich (1955 - 1994) (divorced) 'Louise Huntington-Smith (1945 - 1955) (divorced) Trivia He will probably be best remembered as the German general in "Hogan's Heroes" (1965); who perpetually threatened to send Col. Klink to the eastern front. Returned to Vienna to live in 1994, started to perform cabaret and appeared in various productions with the Volksoper, one of Vienna's finest opera companies. He received Vienna's Gold Medal of Honor, one of the city's most distinguished prizes. He received many honors after returning to Vienna, his homeland. In 1988, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art; in 1994, he was presented with the Silver Cross of Honor, and; in 2002, he was honored with the Gold Cross of Honor for service to the City of Vienna. He was granted the honorary title of Professor by Minister Scholten in 1996 and honored with the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art in 2002. Personal Quotes The journalists in Vienna and Austria and also in Germany call me a legend. I'm a man who lived through difficult times. I'm a man who survived the monster of all times, Adolf Hitler, and I'm still, at my high old age of 93, successful in my profession and that is the pride with which I live and survive.

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Frightmare

Wolfgang

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Spy Chasers

Col. Alex Baxis

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First Strike

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OcchioPinocchio

The Psychiatrist

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Savage Island

Luker

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Weit ist der Weg

Luiz

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Knock on Wood

Laslo Gromeck

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Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls

Thor

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Immer Ärger mit dem Bett

Luigi Papagallo

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The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz

Oscar

Starring In
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OcchioPinocchio

The Psychiatrist

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Odd Jobs

Don Carlucci

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Savage Island

Luker

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First Strike

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Frightmare

Wolfgang

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Airplane II: The Sequel

Moscow Anchorman

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Going Ape!

Zebrewski

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Young Frankenstein

Herr Waldman (scenes deleted)

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The World's Greatest Athlete

Dr. Gottlieb

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Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls

Thor

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The Maltese Bippy

Axel Kronstadt

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The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz

Oscar

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Guns for San Sebastian

Vicar General

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Double Trouble

Inspector de Groote

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The Caper of the Golden Bulls

Morchek

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What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?

Colonel Kastorp

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Do Not Disturb

Willie Langsdorf

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Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace

Charles

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Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

Flocke

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Lulu

Dr. Goll

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One, Two, Three

Peripetchikoff

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Immer Ärger mit dem Bett

Luigi Papagallo

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Unter Ausschluß der Öffentlichkeit

Strafverteidiger Dr. Leupold

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Mistress of the World

Fernando

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Weit ist der Weg

Luiz

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Pension Schöller

Fritz Bernhardi

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The Last Blitzkrieg

Sergeant Steiner

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Abschied von den Wolken

Gen. Cordobas

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Duel in the Forest

Rochus Eppelsheimer

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Spy Chasers

Col. Alex Baxis

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Son of Sinbad

Khalif

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Valley of the Kings

Valentine Arko, Antique Dealer

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Knock on Wood

Laslo Gromeck

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Secret of the Incas

Anton Marcu

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The Robe

Abidor

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South Sea Woman

Pierre Marchand

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Road to Bali

King Ramayana

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Assignment: Paris

Franz (uncredited)

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