*(Armin Mueller-Stahl) General Petya Samanov, Russian military officer who was
part of an Soviet occupation force that took over America in this seven-part,
fourteen and a half-hour miniseries set in 1997. Sam Neill (an Australian actor)
also appeared as KGB official Colonel Andrei Denisov.
*(Claudia Christian/costar) Susan Ivanova, Lt. Commander of Jewish/Russian
descent stationed aboard the space station Babylon 5 orbiting planet Epsilon
III. Born August 30th, 2230 in the St. Petersburg Russian Consortium, Susan
joined the space service after her brother Ganya died in the Earth/'Minbari war
in 2247. Her parents (now both deceased) were Andrei and Sofie Ivanov. Susan's
mother (who called her "Suzotchka") was forced to undergo injections of a mind
numbing drug called a "Sleepers" to disable her telepathic abilities. After ten
years, she opted for suicide to escape her mental anguish. Susan's father.
Andrei Ivanov died on Earth in 2258 from medical complications. She later
attended a memorial ceremony conducted by family friend Rabbi Yossel Koslov to
honor her father's life. Susan's steadfast personality can be observed in a
response she gives to an attacking spacecraft "I am Susan Ivanova,
commander...daughter of Andrei and Sofie Ivanov. I am the right hand of
vengeance, and the boot that is gonna kick your sorry ass all the way back to
Earth, goddammit. I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you are
ever going to see. God sent me." On another occasion a perturbed Susan advised
her crew "Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore
Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God. And, if this ever happens again,
Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out!" In 2262 Susan was mortally wounded
from debris hitting her White Star spacecraft. She recovered because Ranger
Marcus Cole (using an alien device) sacrificed his own life force to nurture
Susan back to health. After Marcus died, Susan requested a transfer off of
Babylon 5 and was given the command a new Warlock-class cruiser for a one year
shakedown flight. Talking about her heritage, Ivanova once stated "It's a
Russian thing. When we're about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the
full extent of our stupidity for future reference." Other Russian characters on
the program included President Susanna Luchenko, Member of the Russian
Consortium and Acting President of the Earth Alliance after the suicide of
President Clark; and Senator Borashevsky, also from the Russian Consortium.
*(Marion Ross & Louis Zorich) Sophie and Jules Berger, a Jewish-American couple
(Polish/Russian immigrants) living in an apartment in New York City next door to
their daughter Phyllis Berger Silver (Amy Aquino) and her husband, George (Peter
Friedman). The program followed the story of a 14-year old Jewish boy, Alan
Silver (Danny Gerard) growing up in Brooklyn (Bensonhurst section) during the
1950's who had to cope with an overprotective grandmother, overworked parents
and an angelic nine-year-old brother, Nathaniel (Matthew Louis Siegal). Also
featured were Carol Kane as Sophie's daughter, "Aunt" Sylvia; Natalie Nogulich
as Aunt Miriam; Murray Rubin as Uncle Buddy; and Armin Shimerman as Cousin
Bernie. The series was a semi-biographical version of the show's creator Gary
David Goldberg early days in 1950s Brooklyn.
THE BULLWINKLE SHOW/NBC/1961-62
**(Cartoon Character) Boris Badenov (voice of Paul Frees), a Russian-like Cold
War spy from Pottsylvania who sought to steal secret plans or substances from
Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocky Squirrel. Boris, who wore a black coat and hat,
reported his progress to a scar-faced supervisor known as "Fearless Leader" (a
crypto-nazi type dictator) who in turn reported to "Mr. Big." Also featured was
Natasha Fatale, Boris' seductive dark-haired sidekick (voice of June Foray). In
1992 "Boris and Natasha: The Movie" made its way to Cable TV starring David
Thomas and Sally Kellerman (The film was originally produced in 1988 as a
theatrical feature but never released to the theaters).
**(Adam Rodriquez) Eric Delko, police detective who works for the Crime Scene
Investigations unit at the Miami Police Department. Born 12/19/76 in Miami, Eric
is single, stands 6' 1", weighs 180 pounds and speaks fluent Spanish. He
received a B.S in Chemistry from the University of Miami. His skills:
Fingerprint and Drug Identification. Eric's father Pavel Delektorsky was a
**(Adrian Paul) Kolya Nicholai Rostov, a Russian ballet dancer who defected to
be with his lover Bliss Colby during the 1986-87 season. Also featured were Anna
Levine as Anna Rostov; and Judson Scott as Sasha Malenkov.
EMERALD POINT N.A.S./CBS/1983-84
**(Robert Loggia) Admiral Yuri Bukharin, a Russian KGB spy who became a double
agent when he was caught by Naval Intelligence. Yuri became a love interest of
Diana Kincaid, the daughter of American Rear Admiral Thomas Mallory. Michael
Carven played Lt. Alexi Gorichenko.
**(Albert Hague) Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky, a grey-bearded Russian immigrant (of
the Jewish Faith) who taught music to the talented multi-ethnic group of
students at New York City's High School For The Performing Arts.
*(Kelsey Grammer) Dr. Frasier Crane, Harvard-trained psychologist with a Russian
heritage who hosted a call-in radio advice show in Seattle. The good doctor
discovered his Soviet roots when an antique appraisal revealed a family heirloom
(an ornate clock with a bear motif) once belonged to the members of the Rominov
family. The clock, however, was stolen by Frasier’s great grandmother (a
scullery maid for the Rominovs) and brought to America when she emigrated from
Russia in 1879. Frasier’s relatives included David Hyde-Pierce as his
psychiatrist brother Niles Crane and John Mahoney as their father Martin Crane,
a disabled retired cop who shares Frasier’s high-rise apartment. The Frasier
character first appeared on the sitcom CHEERS/NBC/1982-93 where he hung out at a
Boston tavern called Cheers.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF/ABC/1985
**(Dick Shawn) Premier Dimitri Zolotov, Russian Premier who interacted (via
hotline) with President Julia Mansfield, the first woman chief executive. Also
featured was Dick Shawn in a dual role as Ivan Zolotov, the Premier's scheming
twin brother who headed the KGB.
IVAN THE TERRIBLE/CBS/1976
*(Lou Jacobi) Ivan Petrovsky, a Russian headwaiter working at Hotel Metropole in
modern day Moscow. Ivan shared his apartment with nine other people and a
ferocious sounding (never seen) dog named Rasputin. Also featured were Maria
Karnilova as his wife, Olga; Matthew Barry as Ivan's son, Sascha; Carolina Kava
as Sonya, Ivan's daughter; Phil Leeds as Vladimir, Olga's former husband; Nana
Tucker as Svetlana, Ivan's mother-in-law; Christopher Hewett as Federov; Despo
as Tatiana; Alan Cauldwell as Nikolai; and Joseph Leon as Mr. Yoshanka.
**(Jeff Maxwell) Private Igor Straminsky, camp cook and mess tent server at the
4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed in Ouijongbou, Korea during the
MAD ABOUT YOU/NBC/1992-98
*(Paul Reiser) Paul Buchman, a Jewish-American documentary filmmaker living with
his wife, Jamie (played by Helen Hunt) in a Manhattan apartment with their dog
Murray. Other cast include John Pankow as Paul's divorced cousin Ira, who ran a
sporting goods store; Robin Bartlett as Paul’s lesbian sister, Debbie; Louis
Zorach as Paul's father, Burt; Cynthia Harris as Paul's mother, Sylvia; Leila
Kenzle as Jamie's business partner and friend Fran; Richard Kind as Fran's soon
to be ex-husband Dr. Mark Devanow, a gynecologist; Al Ruscio as Paul's Uncle
Julius; Sid Caesar as Uncle Harold; and Mel Brooks as Paul's nutty Uncle Phil.
During a visit to Uncle Phil’s, he reminisced about the family which included
references to Aunt Lucy “What nerve to come into a new country like a face like
that.”; Aunt Rose; Aunt Ida; Aunt Ethyl; and Uncle Nuddy, the hat-maker to the
Czar who took his profits and moved an entire village from Russia to New York
City. There was also a relative in the 1930s named Louie Radniski, “a fighter
when they hit him, he went 'Oy!' and went down.” Although the Buchman‘s were not
directly mentioned as Jewish, their language (accents and verbalisms), and
family names worked to create a Jewish image.
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E./1964-68
*(David McCallum/costar) Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin, a blonde, introverted
Russian super-agent working with the worldwide law enforcement organization
known as U.N.C.L.E (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) who fought
the international crime syndicate called T.H.R.U.S.H. During the first season
Illya was often seen wearing a black turtleneck sweater which offset his blond
hair. This casual look was in stark contrast to the tuxedo or business suit worn
by his suave partner Napoleon Solo. Illya's quiet non-threatening character
attracted many woman viewers. News reports from the Soviet Union thought THE MAN
FROM U.N.C.L.E was capitalistic and imperialistic. Pravda, their national
newspaper, denounced Illya, the Russian agent as "Bloodthirsty". In the 1983
Made-for-TV movie "The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E." David McCallum
reprised his 1960s secret agent role. Illya had become an international fashion
designer-Vanya's clothing line-before being recalled for service.
MY FRIEND IRMA/CBS/1952-54
**(Sig Arno) Professor Kropotkin, a violinist who lives at Mrs. O'Reilly's
boarding house in Manhattan. He plays at the Paradise Burlesque Theater.
**(Yakov Smirnoff) Yakov Korolenko, a Russian immigrant who made a few
appearances before the night court bench of Judge Harry Stone over the life of
the series. The Yakov Lorolenko character appeared on episodes "Some Like It
Hot" (1984); "World War III" (1985); "Dan's Escort" (1986); "Russkie Business"
(1988); and "Glasnost Menagerie" (1990).
PHYL AND MIKHY/CBS/1980
*(Rick Lohman/costar) Mikhail "Mikhy" Orlov, a Russian track star who fell in
love and married an American athlete and consequently defected to the United
States. Mikhy's had two recurring problems: adjusting to American life and
dodging the persistent efforts of Russian government official, Vladimir Gimenko
(Michael Pataki) who constantly tried to convince Mikhy that he should return to
Mother Russia. Ironically, the series was produced the same year that the United
States withdrew its Olympic teams from competition in response to the Russians
**Natasha, a Russian immigrant who worked as a cleaning lady for Dr. Craig and
family. She was a former music teacher who lost her job for dissenting against
her government. She later applied and received a visa to emigrate to America.
*(Justina Vail/costar) Olga Vukavitch, beautiful and brainy Moscow-born Russian
scientist working in America with a top secret time travel experiment called
“Back Step” that opens a 7 day passageway through time. Olga’s sister is
Svetlana, an adventurous, risk-taker who always stole Olga’s boyfriends. Olga
excelled in the sciences as a child. Her mother is alive in Russia. Her husband,
a Russian Chrononaut, died in a failed Russian time travel experiment. Olga
later defected to America to work as Director of Medicine and Research on the
American Back-Step project. Actress Justina Vail was born in Malaysia and lived
there until she was nine, after which her family moved to Hong Kong and, later,
SIX FEET UNDER/HBO/2001-2005
**(Ed O'Ross) Nikolai, a Russian florist who owns Blossom d' Amour that supplies
flowers to the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in Los Angeles, California. After Ruth
Fisher's husband death, Ruth takes a part-time job with Nikolai and discovers
two things: she has a talent for flower arrangement and that she's attracted to
the flower shop's hot-blooded proprietor, namely Nikolai.
**(Alla Kliouka Schaffer) Svetlana Kirilenko, Livia Soprano's one-legged
Ukranian (Russian) nurse. Before Livia died, she bequeathed her record
collection to Svetlana. At the funeral, Livia's daughter, Janice Soprano (called
"a cow") insisted the records were hers. Svetlana disagreed, so in retribution,
Janice stole Svetlana's prosthetic leg while she slept. Angry, Svetlana asked
two friends in the Russian mob to smack Janice around to get the leg back. Svetlana also smoked too much.
**(Walter Koenig) Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov, a Russian navigator for the
USS Enterprise, a futuristic Federation starship whose mission was “to explore
strange new worlds...to seek out new life and civilizations to boldly go where
no man has gone before.” His catchphrase was "Vee Russians invented it first."
Walter Koenig was introduced during the second season because Gene Roddenberry,
the creator of the series thought he could cash in on the "Monkee Mania" at the
time. Note Koenig's likeness to heartthrob, Davy Jones.
**(Andy Kaufmann) Latka Gravas, an East European immigrant with a strange
Slavic/Russian accent (He claimed to be from an Island in the Caspian Sea) who
worked as an automobile mechanic at the Sunshine Cab Company in New York City.
Latka often mumbled in his native tongue (Whatever that was?). His catchphrase
was "Thank you very much." Carol Kane appeared as Simka, a young woman from
Latkas' homeland who became his love interest and later his wife. The concept
for the Latka character evolved from a street incident when Andy Kaufman was
approached by people who insisted he give them his money. Instead of arguing or
fighting with them, Andy put on a very sweet slavic-like accent and began to cry
"I don't have any money. I don't know what to do. Leave me alone." His pathetic
demeanor chased away his would be muggers. Andy later used his "Foreign Man"
character for his comedy act.
**(Elya Baskin) Yuri, a Russian cab driver and filmmaker who raced the streets
of New York covering news events with his video camera.
WHAT A COUNTRY/SYN/1986-87
*(Yakov Smirnoff) Nikolai Rostapovich, a Russian defector and talkative cab
driver who attended a Los Angeles night school in order to study for his
citizenship papers. His class was filled with a variety of ethnic groups
including a grumpy old Hungarian and former dentist from Budapest, Mr. Lazlo
Gable (George Murdock). Yakov Smirnoff was a Soviet comedian who in real-life
left the USSR for the freedom of expression that America offered. In 1990 he
hosted FUN FACTS, an ABC series of 20 second spots on Saturday morning designed
to make learning fun.
**(Nicholas Lea) Alex Krycek, Soviet double agent working with the Cigarette
Man, a mysterious operative under orders from a shadowy organization called The
Syndicate. Krycek is responsible for terminating both William Mulder, the father
of FBI agent Fox Mulder and Melissa Scully, the sister of FBI agent Dana Scully.
On the episode “Terma” Krycek lost his left arm escaping villagers who tried to
help him from being a test subject at the Russian chain gang excavating rock
from Tunguska, Russia.
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