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Character Actor Vladimir Sokoloff Dead at 72

Feb. 15, 1962 - Vladimir Sokoloff, character actor who once estimated he had portrayed 35 different nationalities during his 50-year career, died of a stroke in his sleep last night at his home. He was 72 years old. Mr. Sokoloff suffered painful injuries last November in Argentina when he fell from a horse during the filming of “Taras Bulba.” Among the Hollywood moves he performed in were “Juarez” (1939, pictured) “Road to Morocco” (1942), “Cloak and Dagger” (1946), “Macao” (1952), “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1943), and “The Magnificent Seven” (1960). Mr. Sokoloff summed up his own attitude toward the actor’s craft by declaring: “I love to watch children when they play. They are acting all the time. They are making their own world the way they feel it should be. Acting is childhood hidden under the cape.” Mr. Sokoloff’s wife, Elizabeth, died in 1948.

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