Ivan Lebedeff was one of the men with whom Thelma Todd's name was linked in the late twenties and early thirties.
|Born||(1894-06-18)18 June 1894|
|Died||31 March 1953(1953-03-31) (aged 57)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Other names||Ivan Basil Lebedeff (aka Jean Basil Lebedeff)|
|Years active||1926 – 1953|
He was born in Ushpol (later Užpaliai), Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire, on June 18, 1894, and died in Los Angeles, California, from a heart attack.
He migrated to the United States in 1925 and in 1930 was recorded at Los Angeles as an actor.
On August 15, 1937, he was recorded as re-entering the US from Mexico, when it was noted that he had resided in the U. S. between October 2, 1925 and October 14, 1930, and again between April 20, 1932, and August 13 1937. His closest relation was given as his sister Nathalie Lebedeff, of Nice, in the south of France.
On November 12, 1937, he was naturalized in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
He died on March 31, 1953.
- The Sorrows of Satan (1926)
- Walking Back (1928)
- Street Girl (1929)
- They Had to See Paris (1929)
- Midnight Mystery (1930)
- Bachelor Apartment (1931)
- The Lady Refuses (1931)
- Unholy Love (1932)
- Kansas City Princess (1934)
- Love on the Run (1936)
- Wise Girl (1937)
- History Is Made at Night (1937)
- The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)
- Oh, What a Night (1944)
- Date taken from naturalization papers and death index entry
- 1930 U.S. Federal Census for Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, ED 53, Sheet 11B, Dwelling 231, Family 317, Charles Danziger household. Ivan B. Lebedeff, guest, male, white, 35y, single, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, speaks Russian, immigration 1925, alien, actor.
- Reentry via Mexico. Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957, Ancestry.com: "Jean or Ivan Lebedeff, b. Uzpaliai, Lithuania, 43y, male, actor, last permenant residence: Plaza Hotel, Hollywood, CA, returning to last residence, closest relative: sister, Nathalie Lebedeff, 42 Bros 3t de Dr. Richelini, Nice, France. Description of immigrant: 6'0", dk brown hair, brown eyes, fair complexion, sm mole over right eyebrow; all departure and reentry paperwork was in order. Resided in U.S. 2 Oct 1925-14 Oct 1930 and 20 Apr 1932-13 Aug 1937.
- Two index cards on Ancestry.com. Actual paperwork can be found on Footnote.com. Declaration #61076, 15 June 1932 (vol 110, pg 476); Petition #56130, 10 August 1937 (vol. 319, p. 48)
- Death. CA Death Index, 1940-1997, Ancestry.com
|Date of birth||18 June 1895|
|Place of birth||Upsolial, Russia|
|Date of death||31 March 1953|
|Place of death||Los Angeles, California, USA|
Many people from Russia came to live in the United States because of the Russian revolution. Members of the aristocracy were in danger of being killed by the bolsheviks, and in the new world many of them would go on being aristocrats, even if without money. In Hollywood different types were wanted for the movies, and not surprisingly some of these immigrants found employment there. Foreigners were seen as exotic, and accessories such as monocles were supposed to add to their mystique. Ivan Lebedeff did well enough in the movies to work with stars like Jean Harlow and Mae West. His career later went into a decline, but he was able to continue working in the movies until the time of his death.
An article from the November 1931 issue of PHOTOPLAY.
Dr. Gratzman (uncredited)
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Thief at Ball (uncredited)
Nightclub Guest (uncredited)
Mr. Rosengoltz (uncredited)
Ivan Borokov - Russian Jockey
Cossack Captain (uncredited)
Prince Vladimir Gregorovitch (scenes deleted)
Empress' Dinner Companion (uncredited)
Count Andre Lukacha
Coco Duval, the Painter
Baron Von Stofel
Baron Rudolph Baritska
Dr. Sascha Pilnakoff
Hugo, Marquis Di Pisa Di Pisa
Don Flavio Montenegro
Prince Niko Gilitziv (uncredited)
Captain Ivan Orloff
Pedro 'Pete' De Maneau
Count Dimitriff (uncredited)
Baron de Camp
Man in Bar with Top Hat (uncredited)
Marquis de Brissac
Prince Nicholaus of Aregon
Capt. Paul Fevier
Four Fingers Dan
The Prince (uncredited)