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|Vladimir Nikolayevich Sokoloff|
December 26, 1889|
|Died||February 15, 1962
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Alexanderoff (?–1948) (her death)|
Sokoloff was born in Moscow, Russia. He became an actor and assistant director with the Moscow Art Theatre, before emigrating to Berlin in 1923. With the rise of Nazism, he moved first to Paris in 1932, then to the United States in 1937.
He appeared in a number of Broadway plays from 1927 to 1950. He also quickly found work in American films, playing characters of a wide variety of nationalities (he himself once estimated 35), for example, Filipino (Back to Bataan), Greek (Mr. Lucky), Arab (Road to Morocco), Romanian (I Was a Teenage Werewolf), Chinese (Macao), and Mexican (The Magnificent Seven). Among his better known parts are the Old Man in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Anselmo in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943).
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he also appeared on a number of television series, including three episodes of CBS's The Twilight Zone ("Dust", "The Gift" and "The Mirror"). On January 1, 1961, Sokoloff guest starred as "Old Stefano", a wise shepherd, in the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Lawman, with John Russell and Peter Brown.
- The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)
- Katharina Knie (1929)
- Abschied (1930)
- The Flute Concert of Sans-Souci (1930)
- Darling of the Gods (1930)
- L'Atlantide (1932)
- Dans les rues (1933)
- High and Low (1933)
- Count Woronzeff (1934)
- Mayerling (1936)
- The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
- West of Shanghai (1937)
- The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
- Juarez (1939)
- The Real Glory (1939)
- Comrade X (1940)
- Love Crazy (1941)
- Road to Morocco (1942)
- Mr. Lucky (1943)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
- Passage to Marseille (1944)
- A Royal Scandal (1945)
- Back to Bataan (1945)
- Paris Underground (1945)
- Scarlet Street (1945)
- Two Smart People (1946)
- A Scandal in Paris (1946)
- Cloak and Dagger (1946)
- To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
- Macao (1952)
- While the City Sleeps (1956)
- I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
- Istanbul (1957)
- Twilight for the Gods (1958)
- The Magnificent Seven (1960)
- Cimarron (1960)
- Taras Bulba (1962)
- "Vladimir Sokoloff, 71, Character Actor, Dies". Modesto Bee. Associated Press. February 16, 1962 – via Newspapers.com.
- Vladimir Sokoloff at the Internet Broadway Database
- ""The Robbery", January 1, 1961". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Erskine Johnson (April 20, 1960). "Hollywood Glances!". Miami (Oklahoma) Daily News-Record – via Newspapers.com.