Elya Baskin

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Elya Baskin
Born (1950-08-11) 11 August 1950 (age 66)
Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (present-day Latvia)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present

Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin (Latvian: Iļja Baskins, Russian: Илья́ (Э́лиа) За́лманович Ба́скин; born 11 August 1950), known as Elya Baskin, is an American actor.[1]


Baskin was born to a Jewish family in Riga, the son of Frieda and Zalman Baskin.[2] He attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre.[2]

He emigrated to the United States in 1976.[2] He has built a considerable career in TV and film, and is often cast as Eastern European characters, Russian, Bulgarian, etc.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Elya Baskin". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Elya Baskin profile, filmreference.com; accessed 11 March 2015.

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