Konstantin Shayne

Konstantin Shayne (born Konstantin Veniaminovich Olkenitski; Russian: Константин Вениаминович Олькеницкий, November 29, 1888 – November 15, 1974) was a Russian-American actor.

Konstantin Shayne
Konstantin Shayne in The Stranger.jpg
Shayne in The Stranger (1946)
Konstantin Veniaminovich Olkenitski

(1888-11-29)November 29, 1888
DiedNovember 15, 1974(1974-11-15) (aged 85)
Years active1938–65
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Olga Valierievna Korbut Dashkevitch
(m. 1934; died 1941)

Marjorie Pearl Harris
(m. 1944; his death 1974)
FamilyTamara Shayne (sister)


Shayne was born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (now Kharkiv, Ukraine) to the family of Veniamin Olkenitsky-Nikulin, a Jewish actor. His siblings were actress Tamara Shayne and writers Lev and Yuriy Nikulin.[1]

World War I intervened before he could join the Moscow Arts Theatre, and during the conflict he fought with General Wrangel and the White Armies. Shayne was married two times and he also had children.[citation needed]

Shayne emigrated to the United States in 1928, travelling as a second-class passenger on board the S/S Berengaria, which arrived at the Port of New York on 14 September 1928. He was listed as Konstantin Schein, an artist residing in Berlin, Germany.

As an actor, Shayne performed in movies such as None but the Lonely Heart (1944) and The Stranger (1946), starring (and directed by) Orson Welles. He performed in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), which featured Danny Kaye in the lead role. His performance in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) was cut from the final release.[2]

In his last film appearance Shayne dominates two minutes of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), playing the old bookseller Pop Leibel.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1938 Bulldog Drummond in Africa Plane Saboteur Uncredited
King of Alcatraz Murok
1939 Paris Honeymoon Hotel Porter Uncredited
On Your Toes First Assassin Uncredited
Charlie McCarthy, Detective Headwaiter Uncredited
1943 Mission to Moscow Nokollai Bukharin Uncredited
Five Graves to Cairo Major von Buelow Uncredited
For Whom the Bell Tolls Karkov Uncredited (deleted scenes)
1944 Song of Russia Wounded Soldier
Passage to Marseille 1st Mate Uncredited
The Seventh Cross Feullgrabe
Till We Meet Again Major Krupp
None but the Lonely Heart Ike Weber
The Falcon in Hollywood Alec Hoffman
1945 The Man in Half Moon Street Dr. B.A. Vishanoff Uncredited
Escape in the Fog Schiller
Her Highness and the Bellboy Yanos von Lankofitz
1946 The Stranger Konrad Meinike
Dangerous Millions Prof. Jan Schuyler
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Peter von Hoorn
Song of Love Reinecke
Christmas Eve Gustav Reichman
1948 To the Victor Pablo
Night Wind Dr. Ulding
Cry of the City Dr. Veroff Uncredited
Angel on the Amazon Dr. Jungmeyer
1950 The Red Danube Professor Serge Bruloff
1951 I Was a Communist for the FBI Gerhardt Eisler
The Unknown Man Peter Hulderman
1952 Diplomatic Courier Austrian Train Conductor Uncredited
5 Fingers Proprietor Uncredited
1953 Treasure of the Golden Condor Father Benoit
1954 Rhapsody Professor Kelber Uncredited
1956 The Price of Fear Bolasny
1958 Vertigo Pop Leibel
1965 Joy in the Morning Mr. Hoffman Uncredited, (final film role)

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  1. ^ mihdan. "Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO". www.unesco.ru.
  2. ^ "Movies" – via NYTimes.com.

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