Michael Simeon Visaroff (December 18, 1889 – February 27, 1951) was a Russian American film actor. Visaroff was born Mikhail Semenovich Vizarov (Russian: Михаил Семёнович Визаров) in Moscow, Russia. He was a graduate of the Russian Principal Dramatic School.
Michael Visaroff in The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)
|Born||December 18, 1889|
|Died||February 27, 1951 (aged 61)|
(m. 192?; died 1938)
Visaroff started his career on stage: In July 1922, Visaroff came to the United States with a group from the Kamerny Theatre in Moscow. With a 14-week leave of absence from Russia, the group planned to present 12 plays, each lasting one week, in a Broadway theater.
He eventually made the transition to film, appearing in 113 films between 1925 and 1952. He was best known for his uncredited appearance in an early scene of Dracula (1931) as the nervous Hungarian innkeeper who, as Renfield is traveling to meet the Count, warns him about the actual existence of vampires.
When Visaroff came to the US in July 1922 he was already married to Nina Visaroff, according to the passenger list, and they had a daughter named Lydia. Yet they got married again in 1924 in New York. His age in the passenger list is stated as 32 and in the naturalization file dated in March 1929, is given as 39 meaning that he was born in 1889 and not in 1892 as he claimed later in his life.
- Paris (1926)
- The Nickel-Hopper (1926)
- Valencia (1926)
- The Sunset Derby (1927)
- Two Arabian Knights (1927)
- Ramona (1928)
- Tempest (1928)
- The Night Bird (1928)
- Marquis Preferred (1929)
- House of Horror (1929)
- Disraeli (1929)
- Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930)
- Morocco (1930)
- Dracula (1931) (uncredited)
- Mata Hari (1931) (uncredited)
- Chinatown After Dark (1931)
- Arizona Terror (1931)
- Six Hours to Live (1932)
- Mark of the Vampire (1935)
- The Soldier and the Lady (1937)
- I'll Give a Million (1938)
- Paris Honeymoon (1939)
- The Flying Deuces (1939) (uncredited)
- Everything Happens at Night (1939)
- Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
- Reunion in France (1942) (uncredited)
- Paris After Dark (1943) - Paul
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
- Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
- Don Ricardo Returns (1946)
- Naturalization file. "Ancestry.com".
- Marriage certificate. "Ancestry.com".
- Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 15. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
- "Here to Arrange Tour of Soviet Players". The New York Times. New York, New York City. July 10, 1922. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929
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