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Birth Name: George Gaynes
Born: 05/16/1917
Birth Place: Finland

Gaynes' feature film work began with a small role in "P.T. 109" (1962), and he played small parts in Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966), Sydney Pollack's "The Way We Were" (1973) and Peter Bogdanovich's "Nickelodeon" (1976). His first substantial screen role was in Pollack's 1982 comedy "Tootsie". In this Dustin Hoffman vehicle, Gaynes was John Van Horn, the silly old soap opera actor whose big kick is sticking his tongue into the actresses' mouths during love scenes. It turned out to be the magic his film career needed. Mel Brooks cast Gaynes as one of the troupe of Polish actors in "To Be or Not to Be" (1983), and in 1984 he played Commandant Lassard, the titular leader, in the first of sev... Continue Bio >>

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