Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov Smirnoff
Yakov Smirnoff  American Comic

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Yakov Smirnoff is a 71 year old American Comic. Born Yakov Naumovich Pokhis on 24th January, 1951 in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, USSR, he is famous for `What a Country`. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Yakov Smirnoff is a member of the following lists: Internet memes, American Jews and 1951 births.


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First Name Yakov
Last Name Smirnoff
Full Name at Birth Yakov Naumovich Pokhis
Age 71 years
Birthday 24th January, 1951
Birthplace Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Build Average
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Religion Jewish
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Comic, Actor
Occupation Comic
Claim to Fame `What a Country`
Music Genre (Text) Irony, Word Play, Transpositional Pun, Relationship humor
Year(s) Active 1983–present
Official Websites http://www.yakov.com/

Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (Russian: Яков Наумович Похис; born 24 January 1951), better known as Yakov Smirnoff (Russian: Яков Смирнов; ), is a Ukrainian-American comedian, actor and writer of Jewish origin. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in Ukraine, then immigrated to the United States in 1977 in order to pursue an American show business career, not yet knowing any English. He reached his biggest success in the mid-to-late 1980s, appearing in several films and the television sitcom vehicle What a Country!. His comic persona was of a naive immigrant from the Soviet Union who was perpetually confused and delighted by life in the United States. His humor combined a mockery of life under communism and of consumerism in the United States, as well as word play caused by misunderstanding of American phrases and culture, all punctuated by the catchphrase, "And I thought, 'What a country!'"

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Dice2016Yakov SmirnoffTV Show
The Comeback Kids2014Valdemar SteinbergTV Show
King of the Hill1997Yakov SmirnoffTV Show
Major Dad1989Major Sacha SarotskyTV Show
Up Your Alley1988Russian ManMovie
D.C. Follies1987TV Show
Heartburn1986Contractor LaszloMovie
The Money Pit1986ShatovMovie
What a Country1986Nikolai RostapovichTV Show
Brewster's Millions1985VladimirMovie
Moscow on the Hudson1984LevMovie
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension1984National Security AdvisorMovie
Night Court1984Yakov KorolenkoTV Show
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1983Bela PravikTV Show
It's a Living1980KGB AgentTV Show
The Love Boat1977Dmitri KostovTV Show
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