Shishkin, Actor Who Played Hitler, Dies


Alexander Shishkin, an actor who portrayed Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in movies and heavy metal shows, has died in Uzbekistan, a regional news agency reported.

The Ferghana Information Agency said Shishkin died Monday in a Tashkent hospital of complications from a broken leg and arm he sustained on New Year's Eve. His age wasn't provided, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti said.

Shishkin's career as a Hitler double took off in 1990 when won a look-alike contest, RIA Novosti said. He started in several obscure movies in the 1990s and relocated to Moscow, the news agency said.

He performed with the metal rock band Corrosia Metalla before moving back to Uzbekistan in 2001.

"The good thing about this place is, Uzbeks don't understand. Who's Hitler? They don't teach [in local schools] who's Hitler," Shishkin told the news Web site in a 2011 interview.

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