Askin, Leon eigentlich L. Aschkenasy#
b. Vienna Sept. 18, 1907, d. Vienna, June 3, 2005, actor and director. Studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Dramatic Arts. International career (Vienna, Duesseldorf, Paris) as a cabaret and revue performer noted for political satire. Lived in Paris from 1938 to 1940, when he went to the United States; stage successes (directed Goethe's Faust on Broadway, 1949); embarked on a career as movie actor in Hollywood in 1952. Films include Billy Wilder's "One, Two, Three" (1960) and "Hammersmith Is Out" under the direction of Peter Ustinov (1972). Returned to Vienna in 1994.
Literature#Leon Askin, Der Mann mit den 99 Gesichtern, 1997.