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Andrew Divoff

Divoff at AdventureCon in Knoxville, TN, June 13, 2008
Born Andrew Daniel Divoff
July 2, 1955 (1955-07-02) (age 54)
San Tome, Venezuela
Spouse(s) Raissa Danilova (29 February 1992 - ?) (divorced)[1]
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Andrew Daniel Divoff (born July 2, 1955) is a Venezuelan film and television actor, best known for playing the evil Djinn in the two first Wishmaster films and the villains Cherry Ganz in Another 48 Hrs. and Mikhail Bakunin in Lost.



Personal life

Divoff was born in San Tome, Venezuela. His father is Russian and his mother is Venezuelan.[2] He currently lives in the United States. Divoff can speak eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Catalan, Portuguese, and Russian. He used to speak Romanian but forgot the language when he had no one to speak it with.[3] Divoff was married to Russian actress Raissa Danilova.


Divoff has played many villains in film and on television and is best known for playing the nefarious Djinn in the first two films of the Wishmaster series. His other films include Another 48 Hrs., The Hunt for Red October, and Toy Soldiers. Divoff's television guest appearances include The A-Team, JAG and Highlander: The Series. In addition to his notoriety as Djinn, he is usually typecast as a Russian or Latino villain, usually a leader of a drug cartel.

Divoff had a recurring role on Lost as Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian member of the Others who lived in the Flame station of the DHARMA Initiative. He appeared in "The Cost of Living", and later in "Enter 77" and "Par Avion". He later appeared, in flashbacks, in "One of Us," and reappeared in the episodes "D.O.C.," "The Man Behind the Curtain," and "Through the Looking Glass."

Divoff's latest work was his recurring role as Ivan Sarnoff on CSI: Miami Season 7 (2008-2009)[4]. Ivan Sarnoff was a Russian Mobster leader who owned a MMA fighting studio in S07E04 Raging Cannibal. Ivan also ran horse race betting scam in S07E13 And They're Offed. Then Ivan targets the CSI team in S07E19 Target Specific. In the last episode of the season, Ivan escapes an assassination attempt by the Russian mob in S07E25 Seeing Red.


Partial filmography

  • Neon Maniacs (as Doc), 1986
  • Mac and Me (as Policeman #2), 1988
  • The Hunt for Red October (as Foxtrot Weapons Officer), 1990
  • Another 48 Hrs. (as Cherry Ganz), 1990
  • Graveyard Shift (as Danson), 1990
  • Toy Soldiers (as Luis Cali), 1991
  • Back in the U.S.S.R. (as Dimitro), 1992
  • Interceptor (as Capt. Winfield), 1992
  • Running Cool (as Bone), 1993
  • Extreme Justice (as Angel), 1993
  • A Low Down Dirty Shame (as Mendoza), 1994
  • Dangerous Touch (as Johnnie), 1994
  • Oblivion (as Redeye / Einstein), 1994
  • Hong Kong 97 (as Malcolm Goodchild), 1994
  • The Random Factor (as Jake Anders), 1995
  • The Stranger (as Angel), 1995
  • Xtro 3: Watch the Skies (as Fetterman), 1995
  • Magic Island (voice of Blackbeard), 1995
  • Deadly Voyage (as Romachenko), 1996
  • Oblivion 2: Backlash (as Jaggar / Einstein), 1996
  • For Which He Stands (as Paulo), 1996
  • Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (as Sterns), 1996
  • Nemesis 4: Death Angel (as Bernardo), 1996
  • Blast (as Omodo), 1997
  • Air Force One (as Boris Bazylev), 1997
  • Touch Me (as Dr. Vachenko), 1997
  • Wishmaster (as The Djinn/Nathaniel Demerest), 1997
  • Killers in the House (as Delaney Breckett), 1998
  • Stealth Fighter (as Roberto Menendez), 1999
  • Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (as The Djinn/Nathaniel Demerest), 1999
  • Captured (as Robert Breed), 1999
  • Down 'n Dirty (as Jimmy), 2000
  • Faust: Love of the Damned (as M), 2001
  • Blue Hill Avenue (as Detective Tyler), 2001
  • Knight Club (as Krukov), 2003
  • The Librarians (as Marcos), 2003
  • Forbidden Warrior (as Ujis-Aka), 2004
  • Moscow Heat (as Secretary Weston), 2004
  • Dr. Rage (as Dr. Timothy Straun), 2005
  • Sharkskin 6 (as Eddie), 2005
  • American Dreamz (as Chinese Translator), 2006
  • Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck (as Jack Whitaker), 2007
  • Treasure Raiders (as Cronin), 2007
  • The Rage (as Dr. Viktor Vasilienko), 2007
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (as Russian Soldier), 2008
  • Boston Strangler: The Untold Story (John Marsden), 2008
  • Magic Man (as Rudolph Treadwell), 2009

Video Games

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (as General Nikolai Krukov), 2008 (VG)
  • Lost: Via Domus (as Mikhail Bakunin), 2008 (VG)



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