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Profession: Comedian
Date of Birth: Jan 24, 1951
Nicknames: Yakov Naumovich Pokhis
Ethnicity: Jewish people
Country: United States of America
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Yakov Smirnoff net worth: Yakov Smirnoff is laughing all the way to the bank with a net worth of $4 million. Smirnoff acquired his net worth from the 1980's as an actor/comedian. Born in Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now known as Ukraine), Smirnoff moved to the US in 1977. Before becoming a sensation in the comedy circuit, Smirnoff worked as a bartender at Grossingers Hotel in New York. By the 1980s, he was in big blockbusters, including Buckaroo Banzai (1984), Brewster's Millions (1985), and The Money Pit (1986). Smirnoff also made many TV appearances: he was featured many times in the 1986 hit sitcom The Night Court. He also had a lead role in the 1986 sitcom, What a Country! Smirnoff played a Russian minicab studying for his US citizenship test. He continues to be a sensation: he appeared in the highly successful Broadway show, As Long as We Both Shall Laugh, as well as owning a theatre in Missouri, where he performs all year. Smirnoff is also a writer for AARP magazine, having his own column called Happily Ever Laughter. There is no end to this man's abilities as he is a professor at Missouri State and Drury University, where he teaches The Business of Laughter. In addition, Smirnoff is a painter and has made a painting of the 9/11 event which he transformed into a large mural for $100,000. The painting, called America's Heart, can be seen at his theatre.
Yakov Smirnoff (born 24 January 1951) is a comedian who emigrated to America from the USSR. He was popular in the 1980s for comedy performances in which he used irony and word play to contrast life under the Communist regime in his native Soviet Union with life in the United States, delivered in heavily accented English. He owns a theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he performs year-round. Smirnoff is also a professor at Missouri State University and Drury University where he teaches "The Business of Laughter." He also painted a 9/11 mural (see below).
Smirnoff was born Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (Ukrainian: ???? ???????? ?????) in Odessa, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. He is Jewish. He was an art teacher in Odessa and continues to paint. He came to the United States in 1977 and became an American citizen on 4 July 1986. Smirnoff spent a portion of his early days in the United States working as a bartender at Grossingers Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York and living in the employee dormitory.[citation needed]
He appeared in several motion pictures, including Buckaroo Banzai, Brewster's Millions and The Money Pit. Among his numerous appearances on television, he was featured many times on the sitcom Night Court as "Yakov Korolenko". He also had a starring role in a 1986-87 television sitcom titled What a Country! In that show, he played a Russian cab driver studying for the U.S. citizenship test. In the late 1980s, Smirnoff was commissioned by ABC to provide educational bumper segments for Saturday morning cartoons, punctuated with a joke and Smirnoff's signature laugh. Since 1993, he has been a fixture in Branson, Missouri.
He has continued to amass accomplishments including books, CDs, movies, T.V. appearances, a successful Broadway show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh, and is currently working on a humorous self-help book.[citation needed] He is a featured writer for AARP magazine and gives readers advice in his column, "Happily Ever Laughte

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