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Valéry Inkijinoff

Valéry Inkijinoff (Russian: Валерьян (Валерий) Иванович Инкижинов; 25 March 1895 – 26 September 1973) was a French actor of Russian-Buryat origin. His strong facial features made him a favourite villain of French cinema for exotic adventure films and crime movies. Inkijinoff was born to a Christian Buryat family of a teacher in Irkutsk gubernia. He studied at the Polytechnical Institute of Saint Petersburg and was for a time one of the resident actors of an imperial theater of this city. At the beginning of his career in Russia, he appeared first as stuntman in a few movies and then as director and as actor. His major lead role during the Russian part of his career is The Son in Storm Over Asia by Vsevolod Pudovkin in 1928, a major Soviet propaganda film about a fictional British consolidation of Mongolia. He was also an actor in the troop of Vsevolod Meyerhold and was then appointed as director of the movie and theater school of Kiev in Ukraine. In 1930, while in France on a European tour, he refused to return to the USSR. According to Boris Shumyatsky, the Soviet cinema boss, Stalin, when in 1934 he learned that Inkijinoff had never returned, said: "Too bad that the man escaped. Now he, probably, is dying to come back but, alas, too late." He starred in 2 movies while living in the Soviet Union, and contrary to Stalin's assumption, Inkijinoff became immensely popular in Europe, arguably the most successful Soviet actor abroad, starring in a total of 44 French, British, German, and Italian movies. In France he frequently played the part of Asian villains. His most active period was in the thirties, when he appeared in Les Bateliers de la Volga and the G. W. Pabst film Le drame de Shanghai. He played for Fritz Lang in 1959, in Der Tiger von Eschnapur and its sequel Das indische Grabmal, in which he played the role of the high priest Yama. In 1965, Philippe de Broca cast him as Monsieur Goh, the wise but scary Chinese who guarantees to the Jean-Paul Belmondo character a certain death in Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine. His last movie was with Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale, where he played the role of Indian chief Spitting Bull in Les pétroleuses. He was a great friend of Charles Dullin and Louis Jouvet, and had a long career in French theater, appearing for instance in Marie Galante by Jacques Deval. He died at his home in Brunoy, Essonne, France, aged 78. Source: Article "Valéry Inkijinoff" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Mar 25, 1895 In Bokhan, URSS
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Storm Over Asia 1928-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie The Legend of Frenchie King 1971-12-16
Known For
Poster of O.S.S. 117: Mission to Tokyo
Poster of The Rebel Gladiators
Poster of Michael Strogoff
Poster of Storm Over Asia
Movie The Legend of Frenchie King Spitting Bull 1971-12-16
Movie The Last Adventure Kyobaski, producer 1967-04-12
Movie The Blonde from Peking Fang Ho Kung 1967-08-25
Movie O.S.S. 117: Mission to Tokyo Yekota 1966-10-28
Movie License to Kill Li-Hang (as Inkijinoff) 1964-06-16
Movie The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse Dr. Krishna 1964-09-17
Movie The Rebel Gladiators Gladiator 1962-11-15
Movie Le Triomphe de Michel Strogoff Amektal 1961-12-14
Movie Samson and the Seven Miracles of the World High Priest 1961-10-31
Movie Die Herrin der Welt - Teil II Priester 1960-04-26
Movie Journey to the Lost City Yama, High Priest 1960-10-01
Movie The Tiger of Eschnapur Yama 1959-01-21
Movie The Indian Tomb Yama 1959-03-05
Movie Michael Strogoff Féofor Khan 1956-12-14
Movie Corinna Darling Chin 1956-12-22
Movie Mata Hari's Daughter Naos 1954-09-22
Movie Maya Cashemire 1949-12-09
Movie La renégate Moktar 1948-04-09
Movie The Shanghai Drama Lee Pang 1938-09-23
Movie Les Pirates du rail Wang 1938-01-19
Movie The Wife of General Ling General Ling 1937-04-07
Movie Les bateliers de la Volga 1935-07-05
Movie Friesennot Kommissar Tschernoff 1935-11-19
Movie The Battle Hirata 1934-05-11
Movie Volga in Flames Silatschoff 1934-02-09
Movie Amok Amok et Maté 1934-02-21
Movie La Tête d'un homme Radek 1933-02-18
Movie Polizeiakte 909 Dr. Nitobe Tokeramo 1933-03-16
Movie Storm Over Asia Bair 1928-11-10