A ballet dancer by trade, Theodore Kosloff went on to star in a string of films by Cecil B. DeMille, an executive credited with producing the first full-length film in a 1914 effort entitled "The Squaw Man."
He had first gained wide notice in 1909, when Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes debuted in France and redefined dance for the 20th century. Toiling for le tout Paris in front of the hot footlights of the Theatre du Chatelet were ballet superstars Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova — artists whose names resonate around the world.
Among this galaxy of luminaries, however, Kosloff, then a 27-year-old powerhouse known as Fedor Mikhailovich Koslov, was destined to achieve his fame in Los Angeles, although today he is virtually unknown.
Kosloff worked primarily in DeMille-produced films and relied heavily on his ability to produce roles for him. His film career ended with the advent of sound pictures, as producers were reluctant to cast him because of his thick Russian accent.
Outside his regular acting duties, Kosloff choreographed or had cameos in several films.
After his acting career, Kosloff continued to choreograph and teach dance. He opened a ballet school in Los Angeles in his later years.
Kosloff died of natural causes at the age of 74 on Nov. 22, 1956.