Michael Visaroff

Michael Simeon Visaroff (December 18, 1889[1][2] February 27, 1951) was a Russian American film actor. Visaroff was born Mikhail Semenovich Vizarov (Russian: Михаил Семёнович Визаров) in Moscow, Russia.[3] He was a graduate of the Russian Principal Dramatic School.

Michael Visaroff
Michael Visaroff in The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)
Born(1889-12-18)December 18, 1889
Moscow, Russia
DiedFebruary 27, 1951(1951-02-27) (aged 61)
Years active19251952


Visaroff started his career on stage: In July 1922, Visaroff came to the United States with a group from the Kamerny Theatre in Moscow. With a 14-week leave of absence from Russia, the group planned to present 12 plays, each lasting one week, in a Broadway theater.[4]

He eventually the transition to film, appearing in 113 films between 1925 and 1952. He was best known for his uncredited appearance in an early scene of Dracula (1931) as the nervous Hungarian innkeeper who, as Renfield is traveling to meet the Count, warns him about the actual existence of vampires.

Personal life

When Visaroff came to the US in July 1922 he was already married to Nina Visaroff, according to the passenger list, and they had a daughter named Lydia. Yet they got married again in 1924 in New York.[2] His age in the passenger list is stated as 32 and in the naturalization file dated in March 1929, is given as 39 meaning that he was born in 1889 and not in 1892 as he claimed later in his life.

He died in Hollywood, California, from pneumonia in 1951.[3][5]

Partial filmography


  1. Naturalization file. "Ancestry.com".
  2. Marriage certificate. "Ancestry.com".
  3. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 15. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  4. "Here to Arrange Tour of Soviet Players". The New York Times. New York, New York City. July 10, 1922. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  5. American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929
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