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Birth name Илья́ За́лманович Ба́скинNationality USABirth 11 august 1950
(73 years) at Riga (Lettonie
Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin (Russian: Илья́ (Э́лиа) За́лманович Ба́скин; Latvian: Iļja Zalmanovičs Baskins; born 11 August 1950), known as Elya Baskin, is an American actor.
Baskin was born to a Jewish family in Riga, the son of Frieda and Zalman Baskin. He attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre.
He emigrated to the United States in 1976. He has built a considerable career in TV and film, and is often cast as Eastern European characters, Russian, Bulgarian, etc.