Andy Albin

Veteran actor Andy Albin, whose long career started on the vaudeville stage and led him to work with Hollywood legends such as Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock, died Dec. 27 after a long illness. He was 86.

The Russian-born actor died at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. No details were provided about the cause of death.

Albin began his career by winning a Charleston contest in Philadelphia. He then took to vaudeville in the 1930s, playing at theaters throughout Europe, including the Palladium in London.

The actor eventually came to Hollywood, where he appeared in “North by Northwest,” the classic suspense thriller starring Grant and directed by Hitchcock.

His other movie credits included roles in “1776,” “Pocketful of Miracles” and “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.”

He also had roles in the television series “McHale’s Navy,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Bonanza.”

Albin is survived by his wife.

In lieu of flowers, Centurion suggested donations to the Alzheimer’s Assn. or the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation.

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