Andrew Divoff

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Andrew Divoff
Andrew Divoff in 2008.jpg
Divoff at AdventureCon in Knoxville, TN, June 13, 2008
Born Andrew Daniel Divoff
(1955-07-02) July 2, 1955 (age 59)
San Tome, Venezuela
Occupation Actor, Stuntman
Years active 1983 – present
Spouse(s) Raissa Danilova (29 February 1992 - ?) (divorced)[1]

Andrew Daniel Divoff (Russian: Андрей Дивов, correctly transcribed as Divov; born July 2, 1955) is a Venezuelan film and television actor, best known for playing the evil Djinn in the first two Wishmaster films and the villains Cherry Ganz in Another 48 Hrs., Boris Bazylev in Air Force One, Ivan Sarnoff in CSI: Miami and Mikhail Bakunin in Lost.

Early life[edit]

Divoff was born in San Tome, Venezuela. His father is Russian and his mother is Venezuelan.[2] He lived five years in Vilassar de Mar (Spain), between 1973 and 1977, feeling himself to be Catalan too.[3] He currently lives in the United States. Divoff can speak eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Catalan, Portuguese, and Russian. He used to speak Romanian but forgot the language when he had no one with whom to speak it.[4]

Movie career[edit]

Divoff has played many villains in film and on television, usually drug cartel leaders, and is best known for having played the nefarious Djinn in the first two films of the Wishmaster series. His other films include Another 48 Hrs., The Hunt for Red October, Air Force One and Toy Soldiers. Divoff's television guest appearances include The A-Team, JAG and Highlander: The Series.

Divoff had a recurring role on Lost as Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian member of the Others who lived in the Flame station of the DHARMA Initiative. He appeared in "The Cost of Living", and later in "Enter 77" and "Par Avion". He later appeared, in flashbacks, in "One of Us," and reappeared in the episodes "D.O.C.", "The Man Behind the Curtain", "Through the Looking Glass" and "The Package".

Divoff's latest work was his recurring role as Ivan Sarnoff on CSI: Miami Season 7 (2008–2009).[5] Ivan Sarnoff was a Russian Mobster leader who owned an MMA fighting studio in S07E04 Raging Cannibal. Ivan also ran a horse race betting scam in S07E13 And They're Offed. Then Ivan targets the CSI team in S07E19 Target Specific. In the last episode of the season, Ivan escapes an assassination attempt by the Russian mob in S07E25 Seeing Red. Divoff played the lead role in the Midnight Syndicate's Indie horror flick The Dead Matter.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Divoff was married to Russian actress Raissa Danilova and was once engaged to Russian model and horror writer Marina Drujko.


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