as "Gen. Burkhalter" on Hogan's Heroes
September 18, 1907
|Died||June 3, 2005
|Resting place||Zentralfriedhof Cemetery, Vienna|
|Spouse(s)||Mimi (divorced), Annelies Ehrlich (divorced), Anita Askin-Wicher|
Life and career
Askin emigrated to the United States in 1940 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. 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
- 1988: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art
- 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
- 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
- "Leon Askin Biography (1907-)". Filmreference.com. Advameg. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 811. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1383. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
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