Leon Askin Biography (1907-)

Born Leon Aschkenazy, September 18, 1907, in Vienna, Austria; emigrated to the United States, 1940, naturalized citizen, 1943; son of Samuel and Malvine (maiden name, Susman) Aschkenazy; married Annelies Ehrlich (a painter), April12, 1955; children: Dr. Irene Hartzell (step-daughter).

Askin told CTFT that he founded the Actors' Equity Community Theatre in 1948, was chairman of several committees for Equity Library Theatre between 1947-52, and is an honorary life director of that organization. Askin also organized and presented the National Artist Award to Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart and Roger Stevens and initiated the ANTA West/Hearst Discovery Theatre.

Actor, director, producer, writer, accent coach
Birth Details
September 18, 1907
Vienna, Austria

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June 3, 2005: Askin died on June 3, 2005, in Vienna, Austria, of undisclosed causes. He was 97. Source: Entertainment Weekly, June 17, 2005, p. 22.

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