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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (October 2009) Leon Askin as Gen. Burkhalter in Hogan's Heroes Born Leon Aschkenasy September 18, 1907(1907-09-18) Vienna, Austria Died June 3, 2005(2005-06-03) (aged 97) Vienna, Austria Years active 1930s-2005 Spouse Mimi (divorced), Annelies Ehrlich (divorced), Anita Askin-Wicher Leon Askin (September 18, 1907 – June 3, 2005) was an Austrian actor. Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Notes 4 External links // Early life Askin was born Leon Aschkenasy into a Jewish family in Vienna, the son of Malvine (Susman) and Samuel Aschkenazy.[1] Askin already wanted to be an actor as a child. His dream came true, and in the 1930s he worked as a cabaret artist and director at the "ABC Theatre" in Vienna: in this position he also helped the career of the writer Jura Soyfer get off the ground in 1935. As a highly versatile stage actor, he was well-known as "the man of a thousand faces." Persecuted by the Nazis, Askin escaped to the United States via France, arriving in New York in 1940 with no money and less than a basic knowledge of English. When the U.S. entered the Second World War Askin joined the U.S. Army. While serving in the military he learned that his parents had been killed at Treblinka extermination camp. Career After the war, Askin went to Hollywood, invariably portraying foreign characters who speak English with a strong accent. Fans of the television series Adventures of Superman recall his portrayals of an eastern European diamond smuggler in a black-and-white episode, and as a South American prime minister in a color episode. In 1961, he was prominently featured in Billy Wilder's film One, Two, Three, co-starring with James Cagney. He gained wide recognition and popularity by appearing as the stern General Albert Burkhalter in the sitcom Hogan's Heroes in the late 1960s. In 1979 he portrayed the character, Mr. Hoffmire of Hoffmire’s Bakery. Judging a pie contest in an episode in the third season of Three’s Company titled, “The Bake-off”. Summer 2001 Though known to audiences primarily for his film and television work, Askin was extremely active in theater, both as an actor and a director. After the Second World War, Askin resumed acting in Austria. This differentiated him from a number of other Austrian actors, who refused to return due to pre-war persecution. In 1994 he permanently took up residence in Vienna, where he remained active until his death, in cabaret as well as the Volksoper and Festwochen. He was awarded Vienna's Gold Medal of Honor. Askin died on June 3, 2005, in Vienna. He was 97. Notes ^ Leon Askin Biography (1907-) External links Biography portal Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Leon Askin Official site Leon Askin at the Internet Movie Database Leon Askin at the Internet Broadway Database Leon Askin at Find a Grave Persondata Name Askin, Leon Alternative names Aschkenasy, Leon Short description Actor Date of birth 1907-09-18 Place of birth Vienna, Austria Date of death 2005-6-3 Place of death Vienna, Austria