Elya Baskin

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Elya Baskin
Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin

(1950-08-11) 11 August 1950 (age 69)
Years active1971–present

Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin (Latvian: Iļja Baskins, Russian: Илья́ (Э́лиа) За́лманович Ба́скин; born 11 August 1950), known as Elya Baskin, is a Soviet-born American actor.[1] He first gained attention for his role in Moscow on the Hudson (1984), as Robin Williams' character's best friend.[2] He is best known for playing Peter Parker's landlord, Mr. Ditkovich in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.


Baskin was born to a Jewish family in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union, the son of Frieda and Zalman Baskin.[3] He attended Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre.[3]

He immigrated to the United States in 1976.[3] He has built a considerable career in TV and film, and is often cast as Eastern European characters.[2]


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  1. ^ "Elya Baskin". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Актер Илья Баскин: В Голливуде я играл, в основном, иностранцев – думаю, это и есть моя ниша". Российская газета (in Russian). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Elya Baskin profile, filmreference.com; accessed 11 March 2015.

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