July 13, 2003
November 15, 2014
Claim to fame:
Yakov Smirnoff is an expat from the Soviet Union when it was still "the Evil Empire", he was a novelty act/comedian in the mid to late 80's, guest starring in movies such as Moscow on the Hudson, Brewsters Millions, The Money Pit and made numerous television appearences, Night Court, Major Dad, Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
Where are they now?
He moved to Branson, Missouri in 1992 and opened his own 1,400 seat dinner theatre. He has authored a book America On Six Rubles A Day and is also holds an art degree (from a Russian institution, name unknown -ed) and his work was featured at an art expo in New York City in early 2001 and a mural of his was displayed at Ground Zero in New York after 9/11.