Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 

R.I.P. Leon Askin

I've just been made aware that Leon Askin has passed away a few weeks ago. Most folks remember Askin as the nasty General Burkhalter, who was Colonel Klink's nemesis on "Hogan's Heroes" (when he wasn't trying to marry him off to his ghastly sister Gertrude), but I remember him fondly as the absurd Russian Commisar Peripetchikoff in "One Two Three", one of my top three funny movies of all time. Askin suffered greatly from the Nazis, escaping just in time, and having to deal with the pain of having his parents killed in the Holocaust. G-d bless him, he was still going strong until just before his passing.

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