Leonid Kinskey

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Leonid Kinskey
Leonid Kinskey.jpg
as Sascha in Casablanca
Born (1903-04-18)April 18, 1903
St. Petersburg, Russia
Died September 8, 1998(1998-09-08) (aged 95)
Fountain Hills, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932–1971
Spouse(s) Tina York (1983-1998; his death)
Iphigenie Castiglioni (?-1963; her death)

Leonid Kinskey (April 18, 1903 – September 8, 1998) was a Russian-born movie and television actor who enjoyed a long career. Kinskey is best known for his role as Sascha in the film Casablanca (1942).

Life and career[edit]

Kinskey was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He fled the Russian Revolution and acted on stage in Europe and South America before arriving in New York City in 1921. He joined the road production of Al Jolson's musical Wonder Bar, before making his first film appearance, in the Trouble in Paradise (1932). His looks and accent helped him gain supporting roles in numerous movies, including Duck Soup (1933) and Nothing Sacred (1937), It is said that he was cast in his best-known role, Sascha in Casablanca, because he was a drinking buddy of star Humphrey Bogart.

Kinskey continued to appear on television, well into the 1960s and was in the pilot episode of Hogan's Heroes (1965).

Kinskey was married three times. His second wife was actress Iphigenie Castiglioni, to whom he remained married until her death in 1963. He was married to Tina York from 1983 to his death. He died of complications of a stroke in Fountain Hills, Arizona, at the age of 95.

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