Leo Mishkin

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Leo Mishkin (January 22, 1907 - December 27, 1980) was a well-known American film, theater, and television critic of the mid-20th century.[1] He was also a long-time member of the New York Film Critics Circle and served at least one term as chair.


He was born on January 22, 1907 to Herman Mishkin and Rose Kissin.[1] His father was the photographer for the Metropolitan Opera from 1905 to 1932.[2]

He worked as a publicity director for Rex Ingram, a silent film director, and as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Paris outpost in the late 1920s,[3] and covered Charles Lindbergh's arrival in Paris in 1927.[4]

He was a critic for the New York Morning Telegraph from 1934 until 1971, when he retired.[1][5][6]

He died on December 27, 1980 in Santa Monica, California.[1]


The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming holds an archive of Mishkin's papers.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Leo Mishkin, Reviewed Movies, Theater and TV". New York Times. December 31, 1980. Retrieved 2012-11-17. Born in New York the son of Herman Mishkin, photographer of the Metropolitan Opera from 1905 to 1932, Mr. Mishkin began his career as an office boy in the ... 
  2. ^ "Herman Mishkin, 77, Opera Photographer". New York Times. February 7, 1948. Retrieved 2012-11-17. Herman Mishkin, retired photographer who did much work for the Metropolitan Opera Company, died yesterday in his home, 139 West Eighty-second Street, after ... 
  3. ^ a b University of Wyoming American Heritage Center: Guide To Journalism Resources (March 2005)
  4. ^ Mishkin, Leo. The Lindbergh Interview, Lost Generation Journal (1979)
  5. ^ (24 January 1948) NY Telegraph Starts Radio TV Coverage, Billboard (magazine), Retrieved November 9, 2010
  6. ^ (1 December 1945) Leo Mishkin Leaves CBS Flack Dept., Billboard (magazine), Retrieved November 9, 2010