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1[[quoteright:300:]] ²²Leslie Steven Berks (born 3 August 1937 in Stepney, London), better known as Steven Berkoff, is an English character actor, author, playwright and theatre director of Romanian and Russian Jewish descent. ²²A highly acclaimed actor who's famous for his intense performances on both stage and screen, he followed dramatic arts training in both Paris and London and then moved on to performing with several repertory companies, then created the London Theatre Group in 1968. ²²He has been appearing in in British films as far back as 1959, but he's probably best known by general audiences for portraying a string of (often Soviet/Russian) film villains in TheEighties.²----²!!Selected filmography:²²* ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' (1971) as Det. Const. Tom²* ''Film/NicholasAndAlexandra'' (1971) as Pankratov²* ''Film/BarryLyndon'' (1975) as Lord Ludd²* ''Film/{{Outland}}'' (1981) as Sagan²* ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' (1983) as General Orlov ²* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' (1984) as Victor Maitland²* ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' (1985) as Lt. Col. Podovsky²* ''Film/{{Revolution|1985}}'' (1985) as Sgt. Jones²* ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners'' (1986) as The Fanatic²* ''Film/UnderTheCherryMoon'' (1986) as Mr. Sharon²* ''Film/{{Fair Game|1995}}'' (1995) as Colonel Ilya Pavel Kazak ²* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (1997) as Hagath²* ''Film/HeadInTheClouds'' (2004) as Charles Bessé²* ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' (2007) as Flying Fox²* ''Film/TheTourist'' (2010) as Reginald Shaw²* ''Film/{{The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo|2011}}'' (2011) as Dirch Frode²* ''[[Film/{{Red}} Red 2]]'' (2013) as Cobb²* ''Series/TheFrankensteinChronicles'' (2015) as William Blake²* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' (2019-2020) as King Olaf the Stout²²!!Tropes²²* EvilBrit: One of the go to guy's for such roles in the eighties and nineties.²* EvilSoundsDeep: He has an impressively deep voice and plays a lot of bad guys.²* IcyBlueEyes: Just take a good look at the picture.²* LargeHam: His approach to acting and theatre is...expressive, shall we say.²** A shining recent example would be [[ this ad/short]] he made for ''Occupy White Walls'', a museography / {{Art}} sandbox MMO video game.²*** Not to mention his guest role in [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E18BusinessAsUsual an episode]] of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' where he's dining on scenery throughout.²* {{Typecasting}}: It seems like he used to be the go-to guy whenever you needed a ruthless Russian villain in a movie. [[ActorSharedBackground His background]] and looks helped quite a bit.²* MilkingTheGiantCow: His playwrighting and directing style is highly non-naturalist, and involves the almost complete absence of props. Consequently, while his characters speak, their actions are almost always mimed.²----


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