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Yakov Smirnoff
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    (January 24, 1951- )
    Birth name is Yakov Naumovich Pokhis
    Star of 'What a Country'
    Acted in 'Buckaroo Banzai' and 'The Money Pit'
    Guest-Starred on 'Hollywood Squares' and 'Night Court'
    He cashed in on the 'hapless immigrant' with the funny accent stereotype also used by Chico Marx and Andy Kaufman.
    He used to be Andrew Dice Clay's roommate.
    He now lives and works in Branson, Missouri.
    What kinda of a name is Yakov!
    He says he is Russian, when he was born in the Ukraine!
    He lost his appeal after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's.
    He became a US Citizen.
    He escaped Communism.
    He painted a mural at Ground Zero in New York for the victims of 9/11.
    He won Branson's comedian of the year two years in a row.
    He has his own theater in Branson.
    He was a guest speaker at the salute to John Glen's return to space in 1998 and George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001.

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