Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015914201: LEONID KINSKEY

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Uncommon vintage inscribed blue fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1939, around the time he filmed On Your Toes. In good condition. Forced to flee his native St. Petersburg after the Bolshevik revolution, Russian-born character actor Leonid Kinskey entered films in 1932, capitalizing on his dense accent and lean-and-hungry features to play a mixed bag of anarchists, artists, poets, eccentrics, and impresarios. Memorable in the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup (1933), Nothing Sacred (1937), On Yours Toes (1939), and Ball of Fire (1941), his best known appearance was as Sacha, the excitable bartender at Rick's Cafe Americain, in Casablanca (1942). He also had a recurring role as Professor Overbeck on T.V.'s "Batman" in 1967.