Mischa Auer in Destry Rides Again | 1939
Clip Name: Callahan Loses His Pants
About this actor
Mischa Auer (17 November 1905 – 5 March 1967) was an American actor of Russian origin. He was born Mikhail Semyonovich Unskovsky (Михаил Семёнович Унсковский) in St. Petersburg, Russia. His name is usually seen as Mischa Ounskowsky, Mischa being the German transliteration of Misha (the diminutive form of Mikhail), and Ounskowsky being the French transliteration of his surname. Ounskowsky renamed himself Auer after his grandfather, the violinist Leopold Auer. He began stage work in the 1920s, then moved to Hollywood, where he first appeared in 1928 in Something Always Happens. He appeared in several small and mostly uncredited roles into the 1930s, appearing in such films as Rasputin and the Empress, Viva Villa!, The Yellow Ticket, the George Gershwin musical Delicious, the Paramount Pictures all-star revue Paramount on Parade, and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer. In 1936, Auer was cast as Alice Brady's protégé in the comedy My Man Godfrey, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award...