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Yakov Smirnoff net worth:
$20 Million

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Birth date: January 24, 1951
Birth place: Odessa, Ukraine
Education:University of Pennsylvania
Spouse:Linda Dreeszen (m. 1989–2001)
Children:Natasha Pokhis, Alexander Pokhis
Parents:Clara Smirnoff, Naum Pokhis
Books:America on Six Rubles a Day

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Yakov Smirnoff Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Yakov Naumovich Pokhis was born on the 24th January 1951, in Odessa, (then) Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, and is a Soviet-born American comedian, actor, writer, and painter – Yakov Smirnoff – probably still best known for his role as Nikolai Rostapovich in the sitcom called “What a Country” (1986-1987). Smirnoff has also played in such movies as “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” (1984), “Brewster’s Millions” (1985), and “The Money Pit” (1986). His career started in 1983.

Have you ever wondered how rich Yakov Smirnoff is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Smirnoff’s net worth is as high as $20 million, an amount earned through his acting career. In addition to working in both television and film, Smirnoff has also performed as a stand-up comedian, and is a painter, which has improved his wealth too.

Yakov Smirnoff Net Worth $20 Million

Yakov Smirnoff grew up in Odessa, where he worked as an art teacher and performed as a comedian on ships in the Black Sea. He came into contact with Americans who told him about the life in the US, so Smirnoff decided to leave the Soviet Union, and in 1977 Yakov and his parents moved to New York City.

The fact that he didn’t know a word of English didn’t discourage Smirnoff, so he started working as a bartender at Grossingers Hotel in the Catskill Mountains, and also spent time working as a busboy. Yakov began his stand-up comedy performances in the late ‘70s, when he chose to change his name to Smirnoff, after a famous Russian vodka brand. In the early ’80s, Smirnoff moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career, and was a roommate with fellow comedians Andrew Dice Clay and Thomas F. Wilson. He had gigs at the LA club called The Comedy Store, while in 1983 Yakov appeared in an episode of the Golden Globe Award-nominated TV series “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”.

In 1984, Smirnoff played in the Golden Globe Award-nominated movie “Moscow on the Hudson”, starring Robin WilliamsMaria Conchita Alonso and Cleavant Derricks, and then in “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” with Peter Weller, John Lithgow, and Ellen Barkin. From 1984 to 1990, Yakov appeared in five episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Night Court”, while in 1985 he had a role in the comedy called “Brewster’s Millions”, alongside Richard Pryor, John Candy, and Lonette McKee. Smirnoff continued with parts in “The Money Pit” (1986) with Tom Hanks, Shelley Long and Alexander Godunov, and in “Heartburn” (1986) starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, and Jeff Daniels. From 1986 to 1987, Yakov played in 26 episodes of “What a Country”, and ended the decade with a role in the comedy “Up Your Alley” (1989). His net worth was growing steadily.

In 1993, he appeared in an episode of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series called “Major Dad”, but then decided to take a break from acting on the screen and focus on his stand-up comedy performance in his own 2,000-seat theatre in Branson, Missouri, which he purchased in 1992.

In 2006, Smirnoff earned a master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, while most recently, he appeared in the series called “The Comeback Kids” (2014) and in the TV movie “Yakov Smirnoff’s Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships” (2016).

Regarding his personal life, Yakov Smirnoff was married to Linda Dreeszen from 1989 to 2001 and has two children with her. He became a US citizen in 1986, and currently lives in Branson, Missouri.

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The Comeback Kids 2014 TV Series Valdemar Steinberg
Major Dad 1993 TV Series Major Sacha Sarotsky
Night Court 1984-1990 TV Series Yakov Korolenko
Up Your Alley 1989 Russian Man
D.C. Follies 1989 TV Series
What a Country 1986-1987 TV Series Nikolai Rostapovich / Nikolai Rostopovich
Heartburn 1986 Contractor Laszlo
The Money Pit 1986 Shatov
The Love Boat 1986 TV Series Dmitri Kostov
It's a Living 1985 TV Series KGB Agent
Brewster's Millions 1985 Vladimir
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984 National Security Advisor
Moscow on the Hudson 1984 Lev
Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1983 TV Series Bela Pravik



As Long as We Both Shall Laugh 2004 TV Movie



As Long as We Both Shall Laugh 2004 TV Movie producer



We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The 9th Annual Young Comedians Special 1984 TV Movie Himself
The Bob Monkhouse Show 1983 TV Series Himself
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2014 TV Series Himself
AXS Live 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Awful Nice 2013 Himself
The Mystery Hour 2012 TV Series Himself
Great American Road Trip 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker 2005 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 2004 TV Series Himself
As Long as We Both Shall Laugh 2004 TV Movie Himself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 2002 TV Series Himself
King of the Hill 2002 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Introducing Speaker
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope's USO Road to the Berlin Wall and Moscow 1990 TV Special Himself
George Burns - His Wit and Wisdom 1989 Video Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987-1989 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987-1989 TV Series Himself
Live! Dick Clark Presents 1988 TV Series Himself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter

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