Akim Tamiroff was an Amernian actor born on October 29, 1899 in Tiflis, Russian Empire (now Republic of Georgia). He was trained in acting at the Moscow Art Theatre drama school. While touring the United States with a troupe of actors in 1923, he made the decision to stay. His background in acting training helped him to develop a successful career in Hollywood in spite of his Russian accent. He debut came with a minor role in the film, Okay, America! in 1932. This was followed by several other minor roles before he got his break when he co-starred in the film The Lives of a Bengal Lancer followed by The General Died at Dawn which led to his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other roles followed including The Buccaneer, The Great McGinty, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Touch of Evil, 100 Rifles, The Trial and Don Quixote. Akim Taminoff was killed by cancer on September 17, 1972.