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Encyclopedia > Mischa Auer

Mischa Auer (17 November 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia - 5 March 1967 in Rome) was a Russian actor, born Mischa Ounskowsky. Young Ounskowsky renamed himself Auer after his grandfather, violinist Leopold Auer. He began stage work in the 1920s, then moved to Hollywood, where he first appeared in 1928 in Something Always Happens. He appeared in several small and mostly uncredited roles into the 1930s, appearing in such films as Rasputin and the Empress, Viva Villa! and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer.

But in 1936, Auer was cast as a false nobleman in the comedy My Man Godfrey, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. From then on, he was cast in zany comedy roles as in 100 Men and a Girl, You Can't Take It With You, Destry Rides Again, Spring Parade, Hellzapoppin, Cracked Nuts and Lady in the Dark. He was also one of the large cast of And Then There Were None.

In the 1950s, Auer appeared on several episodic television series, like Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Studio One, Broadway Television Theatre and The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre. In the 1960s, he made several films in France and Italy.

Auer married four times, and had three children.

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Leopold Auer: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (593 words)
Auer, Leopold (ou'ər), 1845–1930, Hungarian violinist and teacher, studied at the conservatories of Budapest and Vienna and with Joseph Joachim in Hanover.
Auer was born in Veszprém to a Jewish family, but became a Christian later in life.
Auer died in Loschwitz, a suburb of Dresden, Germany and was interred in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Leopold Auer (259 words)
Violinist Leopold Auer (June 7, 1845 – July 15, 1930) was a Hungarian violinist, teacher, conductor and composer.
Auer was born in Veszprém and studied the violin at Budapest, Vienna and with Joseph Joachim in Hanover.
The jazz vibraphonist, Vera Auer, is a niece of Leopold.
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