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Which Armenian actors have featured in Hollywood movies?

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Simon Abkarian appeared in the 2006 version of Casino Royale, and Akim Tamiroff was in Touch of Evil. Perhaps the two best-known Hollywood actors of Armenian decent are Eric Bogosian and Andy Serkis. Actors of Armenian heritage have been working in Hollywood since the very earliest days of movie making.

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Bogosian began his acting career in television, taking bit parts in shows, such as "Miami Vice," "Tales from the Darkside," "The Twilight Zone" and "Alive from off Center." He made the leap to the big screen in 1988 when his stage play, "Talk Radio," was made into a movie and he was cast in the lead role. He has since appeared in several movies, such as "Dolores Claiborne," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" and "Beavis &; Butthead Do America," for which he provided several voices.

Andy Serkis is probably best known for his Motion Capture portrayal of Gollum/Smeagol in two of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King," as well as "The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey." He also provided the voice for the Witch King in "The Return of the King." Other film credits include "The Prestige," "The Adventures of Tintin" (voice), and several "Planet of the Apes films" as Caesar.

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