Date of Birth:
24 January 1951
Yakov Smirnoff played in 1 movies in the Comedy, Music, Music genres.
Yakov Smirnoff got succeed with average imdb rating 5.8.
Former roommate of comedian Andrew Dice Clay.
Became a U.S. citizen on July 4, 1986.
Lives and works in Branson, Missouri.
He was an art professor at Odessa Pedagogical University in Ukraine before starting his comedy career in the United States, and he remains a talented artist.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade centers, he began working on a mural to commemorate the event. Just in time for the first anniversary of the event, the mural was printed on a huge banner, with the quote "The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart." It was hung from a nearby building where it was clearly visible from Ground Zero for over a year. Yakov financed the banner with $100,000 of his own money, but kept his donation anonymous, for fear that people would see it as a joke because of his reputation as a comedian.
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