Vladimir Sokoloff

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Wladimir Sokoloff (in the USA as Vladimir Sokoloff ; Russian Владимир Александрович Соколов , Vladimir Aleksandrovich Sokolov ; * December 25 or 26 , 1889 in Moscow , Russian Empire ; † February 14 or 15 , 1962 in West Hollywood , California ) was a Russian Actor. He worked as a film actor in Germany, Austria, France and the USA.


Vladimir Sokoloff grew up with a Jewish family in Russia. After graduating from school, Sokoloff, a student of literature and philosophy, attended Moscow University ; he left her to continue his artistic education. From 1913 he learned and worked at the world-famous Moscow Art Theater , among others with Konstantin Stanislawski and Ivan Moskwin, and worked there for a decade as an actor and assistant director , later also at the Moscow Chamber Theater . His contact with the Japanese theater group Hanako in Moscow and his friendship with the dancer Isadora Duncan had a formative influence on him . With the Kammertheater he made a guest appearance in Berlin in 1923 and was immediately engaged by Max Reinhardt . With his knowledge of German well-equipped, he worked as an actor in Germany and Austria for the next nine years.

From 1926 he also appeared in films. He played prominent supporting roles under Georg Wilhelm Pabst ( Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney , 1927 and Die Herrin von Atlantis , 1932) and Robert Siodmak ( Abschied , 1930). The climax of his film work in Germany is the role of a tailor who became deaf and mute in battle in Victor Trivas ' pacifist war film No Man's Land (1931). Since The Threepenny Opera (1931), Sokoloff also played in French and English language versions of the early sound films. After the Nazis came to power in Germany, Sokoloff went to Paris and continued to work there with Pabst, Siodmak, Marc Allégret and Jean Renoir . In 1937 he moved to the United States. He was immediately offered many roles in major productions and was seen in numerous films as a supporting actor in character roles , including under Sam Wood in Whom the Hour Strikes (1943) and as the atomic scientist Dr. Polda in Fritz Lang's Cloak and Dagger (1946). In total, Sokoloff played people from 35 nations: French, Italian, Orientals, Chinese, Spaniards, Mexicans, etc. His specialty was depicting the smiling noble man.

In the last years of his life, Sokoloff appeared increasingly in television series. He has been seen in Maverick , West of Santa Fe , The Untouchables , Checkmate and Twilight Zone, among others. However, he continued to play in films, such as the Mexican village elder in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and in his last role in the adventure film Taras Bulba (1962) alongside Yul Brynner .

Vladimir Sokoloff was married once. He had been a widower since 1948 and the marriage remained childless. He died on February 15, 1962 of complications from a stroke .


In Germany / Austria

In France

  • 1933: Don Quixote
  • 1933: Dans les rues
  • 1933: Du haut en bas
  • 1934: Hell in Frauensee ( Lac aux dames )
  • 1934: Fürst Woronzeff ( Le Secret des Woronzeff ) French version of a German production
  • 1936: Mayerling
  • 1936: Life is ours ( La Vie est à nous )
  • 1936: Soux les yeux d'Occident
  • 1936: Mister Flow / Les amants traqués
  • 1936: Night asylum (Les Bas-fonds)

In the USA


  • Kay Less : 'In life, more is taken from you than given ...'. Lexicon of filmmakers who emigrated from Germany and Austria between 1933 and 1945. A general overview. P. 464 f., ACABUS-Verlag, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-86282-049-8

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