Leon Askin
Leon Askin
Leon Askin appears as Mr. Hoffmeier of Hoffmeier's Bakery in the Season 3 episode of "Three's Company" titled "The Bake-Off".
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birth name: Leon Aschkenasy
Born: (1907-09-18)September 18, 1907
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died June 3, 2005(2005-06-03) (aged 97)
Deathplace: Vienna, Austria
Career/Family Information
Spouse(s): Mimi (divorced), Annelies Ehrlich (divorced), Anita Askin-Wicher
Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company in guest appearance
Character played: Mr. Hoffmeier in "The Bake-Off" in Season 3
Three's Company Script

Leon Askin (September 18, 1907 – June 3, 2005) appeared as Mr. Hoffmeier, a local baker and owner of Hoffmeier’s Bakery, who was a pie contest judge that Jack's cooking school was to compete in, in the third season of Three's Company titled, "The Bake-Off". Leon is perhaps best known for portraying the character "General Burkhalter" on the TV situation comedy Hogan's Heroes.

Life and careerEdit

Askin was born Leon Aschkenasy into a Jewish family in Vienna, the son of Malvine (Susman) and Samuel Aschkenazy.[1]

Askin emigrated to the United States in 1940 and, after the war, went to Hollywood, invariably portraying foreign characters who speak English with a strong accent. Askin appeared as the Russian composer Anton Rubinstein in a Disneyland anthology episode of the life of Peter Tchaikovsky.[2] Fans of the 1950's CBS television series Adventures of Superman recall his portrayals of an eastern European diamond smuggler in a black-and-white episode, and as a South American prime minister in a color episode. He appeared i 20th Century Fox's biblical epic The Robe as a Syrian guide named Abidor.

In 1960, he appeared in the film Pension Schöller, and the following year was prominently featured in Billy Wilder's film One, Two, Three, co-starring with James Cagney. He gained wide recognition and popularity by appearing as the stern General Albert Burkhalter in the CBS-TV sitcom series Hogan's Heroes in the late 1960s.

Leon made a guest appearance on Daniel Boone in its 1969 episode "Benvenuto... Who?" as Roquelin. Between 1977 and 1979, he appeared in Steve Allen's PBS series, Meeting of Minds, portraying Martin Luther and Karl Marx. In 1982 he had a brief appearance as a Moscow Anchorman in the film Airplane II: The Sequel.

Askin died in Vienna on June 3, 2005, at the age of 97.


  1. "Leon Askin Biography (1907-)". Advameg. Retrieved 2011-07-09.

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