Ivan Linow

Active - 1921 - 1934  |   Born - 1888 in Riga, Latvia  |   Died - Nov 21, 1940 in London, UK  |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy

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A sort of silent era Tor Johnson, hulking (reportedly 6'4"), Latvian-born Ivan Linow parlayed his experiences as a champion wrestler into a lucrative screen career, providing menace -- or in some cases, Scandinavian comedy bits -- to a host of action-melodramas between 1921 and 1935. Among Linow's more memorable assignments were the Russian immigrant in In Old Arizona (1929) and the Bolshevik Sanovich in The Cock-Eyed World (1929). He died of a heart attack in London in 1940.

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