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Andrew Daniel Divoff (born July 2, 1955) is a Venezuelanmarker film and television actor, best known for playing the evil Djinn in the two first Wishmaster films and the villains Cherry Ganz in Another 48 Hrs. and Mikhail Bakunin in Lost.


Personal life

Divoff was born in San Tome, Venezuelamarker. He currently lives in the United Statesmarker. Divoff can speak eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Catalan, Portuguese, and Russian. He used to speak Romanian but forgot the language when he had no one to speak it with. Divoff was married to Russian actress Raissa Danilova.


Divoff has played many villains in film and on television and is best known for playing the nefarious Djinn in the first two films of the Wishmaster series. His other films include Another 48 Hrs., The Hunt for Red October, and Toy Soldiers. Divoff's television guest appearances include The A-Team, JAG and Highlander: The Series. In addition to his notoriety as Djinn, he is usually typecast as a Russian or Latino villain, usually a leader of a drug cartel.

Divoff had a recurring role on Lost as Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian member of the Others who lived in the Flame station of the DHARMA Initiative. He appeared in "The Cost of Living", and later in "Enter 77" and "Par Avion". He later appeared, in flashbacks, in "One of Us," and reappeared in the episodes "D.O.C.," "The Man Behind the Curtain," and "Through the Looking Glass."

Divoff's latest work was his recurring role as Ivan Sarnoff on CSI: Miami Season 7 (2008-2009). Ivan Sarnoff was a Russian Mobster leader who owned a MMA fighting studio in S07E04 Raging Cannibal. Ivan also ran horse race betting scam in S07E13 And They're Offed. Then Ivan targets the CSI team in S07E19 Target Specific. In the last episode of the season, Ivan escapes an assassination attempt by the Russian mob in S07E25 Seeing Red.


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  1. Toxic Shock TV - Actor Andrew Divoff Interview
  2. IMDb Character Reference for Ivan Sarnoff CSI: Miami

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