Leon Askin

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Leon Askin
Leon Askin as Gen Burkhalter.jpg
as "Gen. Burkhalter" on Hogan's Heroes
Born Leon Aschkenasy
(1907-09-18)September 18, 1907
Vienna
Died June 3, 2005(2005-06-03) (aged 97)
Vienna
Resting place
Zentralfriedhof Cemetery, Vienna
Years active 1930s–2005
Spouse(s) Mimi (divorced), Annelies Ehrlich (divorced), Anita Askin-Wicher

Leon Askin (September 18, 1907 – June 3, 2005) was an Austrian actor best known for portraying the character "General Burkhalter" on the TV situation comedy Hogan's Heroes.

Life and career[edit]

Askin was born Leon Aschkenasy into a Jewish family in Vienna, the son of Malvine (Susman) and Samuel Aschkenazy.[1]

Askin in Summer 2001

Askin emigrated to the United States in 1940[1] and, after the war, went to Hollywood, invariably portraying foreign characters who speak English with a strong accent. Askin appeared as the Russian composer Anton Rubinstein in a Disneyland anthology episode of the life of Peter Tchaikovsky.[2] Fans of the television series Adventures of Superman recall his portrayals of an eastern European diamond smuggler in a black-and-white episode, and as a South American prime minister in a color episode. He appeared in 20th Century Fox's biblical epic The Robe as a Syrian guide named Abidor. In 1960, he appeared in the film Pension Schöller, and the following year was prominently featured in Billy Wilder's film One, Two, Three, co-starring with James Cagney. He gained wide recognition and popularity by appearing as the stern General Albert Burkhalter in the sitcom Hogan's Heroes in the late 1960s.

Askin made a guest appearance on Daniel Boone in its 1969 episode "Benvenuto... Who?" as Roquelinm and in the "Fiddler in the House" episode of the 1974 situation comedy Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers as a violin virtuoso. Between 1977 and 1979, he appeared in Steve Allen's PBS series, Meeting of Minds, portraying Martin Luther and Karl Marx. In 1979 he portrayed the character Mr. Hoffmeier of Hoffmeier’s Bakery, judging a pie contest in an episode in the third season of Three’s Company titled, “The Bake-Off”. In 1982 he had a brief appearance as a Moscow Anchorman in the film Airplane II: The Sequel.

Askin died in Vienna on June 3, 2005, at the age of 97.

Decorations and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
  • 1988: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art[3]
  • 1994: Silver Medal for Service to the City of Vienna
  • 1996: Award of the title "professor"
  • 2001: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class[4]
  • 2002: Gold Medal of Honour for Services to the city of Vienna
  • 2003: Goldener Rathausmann of Vienna to mark the 75th anniversary
  • 2007: Naming of Leon-Askin-Platz in Vienna-Penzing
  • 2007: A bust of Leon Askin in Türkenschanzpark (Vienna)
  • 2007: Plaque unveiled at Hütteldorferstrasse 349 in Vienna-Penzing, to mark 100th anniversary of Askin's birth
  • 2009: At Sechsschimmelgasse 19 in Vienna-Alsergrund a public housing block was named after him
  • 27 May 2010: Leon-Askin-Park at Grundsteingasse in Ottakring (Vienna's 16th District) named after Askin

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b "Leon Askin Biography (1907-)". Filmreference.com. Advameg. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS7DLA4-0gU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
  3. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 811. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1383. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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