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      Elya Baskin

      Elya Baskin

      Highest Rated: 93% Spider-Man 2 (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Spy Hard (1996)

      Birthday: Aug 11, 1950

      Birthplace: Riga, Latvia, USSR

      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).

      Highest rated movies

      Spider-Man 2
      Enemies, a Love Story
      Thirteen Days
      Air Force One
      The Name of the Rose
      Moscow on the Hudson
      2010
      The Dukes

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      AIR FORCE ONE, Elya Baskin, Gary Oldman, 1997. AIR FORCE ONE, Gary Oldman (l.), Elya Baskin (back right), 1997, (c)Columbia Pictures AIR FORCE ONE, Elaya Baskin (l.), Gary Oldman (center), 1997, (c)Columbia Pictures AIR FORCE ONE, Elya Baskin (c.), Gary Oldman (r.), 1997, (c)Columbia Pictures 2010, (l-r): Victor Steinbach, Jan Triska, Natasha Schneider, Oleg Rudnik, Vladimir Skomarovsky, Elya Baskin, Helen Mirren, Savely Kramarov, 1984, (c)MGM RUNNING RED, Elya Baskin, 1999. ©PM Entertainment Group

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Love Us Ira Prince (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 14% Legacy Unknown (Character) - 2020
      44% 28% Supervized Brian (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Screams Andrei (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 55% The Hive Yuri Yegorov (Character) - 2014
      52% 41% Jimmy P. Dr. Jokl (Character) $19.8K 2013
      No Score Yet 92% Say It in Russian Victor (Character) - 2007
      57% 34% The Dukes Murph (Character) $26.2K 2007
      No Score Yet 35% The Elder Son Uncle Fedya (Character) - 2006
      40% 48% Color of the Cross Caiaphas (Character) $84.7K 2006
      93% 82% Spider-Man 2 Mr. Ditkovitch (Character) $373.4M 2004
      No Score Yet 14% Wheelmen Vladimir (Character) - 2002
      83% 80% Thirteen Days Anotoly Dobrinyn (Character) $34.6M 2000
      No Score Yet 14% Running Red Strelkin (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Virus Father Vadim (Character) - 2000
      79% 66% Air Force One Andrei Kolchak (Character) $172.7M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Boris (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 46% Forest Warrior Buster (Character) - 1996
      7% 31% Spy Hard Professor Ukrinsky (Character) $27.0M 1996
      89% 54% Enemies, a Love Story Yasha Kobik (Character) $7.8M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zits Timoshenko (Character) - 1988
      76% 85% The Name of the Rose Severinus (Character) $5.2M 1986
      31% 45% Streets of Gold Klebanov (Character) $2.3M 1986
      No Score Yet 40% Combat High Interpreter (Character) - 1986
      67% 61% 2010 Maxim Brajlovsky (Character) - 1984
      73% 59% Moscow on the Hudson Anatoly (Character) - 1984
      38% 28% Raise the Titanic Marganin (Character) - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 75% Chicago Med Dr. Mischa Lenkov (Guest Star) 2021
      85% 86% Homeland Viktor (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Dito Pirosmani (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 70% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      68% 71% Rake Bozidar (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 88% Rizzoli and Isles Dr. Vladmir Papov (Guest Star) 2012-2013
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      52% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      83% 85% The Closer Priest (Guest Star) 2005
      86% 87% Alias Dr. Josef Vlachko (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2001-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 96% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
      67% No Score Yet Alright Already Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something So Right Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Vladimir (Guest Star) 1996-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1993 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sisters Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 90% Quantum Leap Major Yuri Kosenko (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet True Blue Yuri (Character) 1989-1990
      76% 76% Roseanne Foreign Man (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 78% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1986-1987