Ivan Lebedeff

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Ivan Lebedeff
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Ivan Basil Lebedeff

(1894-06-18)18 June 1894
Died31 March 1953(1953-03-31) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1926-1953
Spouse(s)Wera Engels (1941-1953)

Ivan Lebedeff (born Ivan Vasilyevich Lebedev (Russian: Иван Васильевич Лебедев), 18 June 1894 – 31 March 1953) was a Russian film actor, lecturer and writer. He appeared in 66 films between 1926 and 1953. In 1940, his novel, Legion of Dishonor, was published.


Lebedeff was born in Ushpol, now Užpaliai, then part of the Russian Empire, now Lithuania, on 18 June 1894.[1] He migrated to the United States in 1925 and in 1930 was recorded at Los Angeles as an actor.[2]

On 15 August 1937, he was recorded as re-entering the United States from Mexico, when it was noted that he had resided in the U. S. between 2 October 1925 and 14 October 1930, and again between 20 April 1932, and 13 August 1937. His closest relation was given as his sister Nathalie Lebedeff, of Nice, in the south of France.[3]

On 12 November 1937, he was naturalized in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.[4] In 1944, he campaigned on behalf of Governor Thomas Dewey, Republican presidential candidate.

He died on 31 March 1953, in Los Angeles, California, from a heart attack.[5]

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  1. ^ Date taken from naturalization papers and death index entry
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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 permanent 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 April 1932 – 13 August 1937.
  4. ^ 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, pg. 48)
  5. ^ Death. CA Death Index, 1940-1997, Ancestry.com; accessed 29 January 2018.

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