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Actor in "Ragtime" movie (1981) not identified.

A character in Ragtime states that his name is Baron Ashkenazy (at 2:00:26). He plays a director (speaking with a strong foreign accent) of a silent movie being made on an ocean shore. He speaks many lines of dialogue on-screen. That actor's name does not appear in the IMDb Cast list. Who is that actor?  

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That's the character Tateh, played by Mandy Patinkin; when he starts making movies, Tateh (a poor Jewish immigrant) uses the name Baron Ashkenazy to imply greater prestige than his modest background would receive.

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@scgary66​ Excellent! Thanks, scgary66, for un-confusing me! Milos Forman, E.L. Doctorow, and crew had me totally confused.

Patinkin's fractured English had me in stiches with his frantic directing style of a silent film, shouting at one and all. This movie reminded me a lot of the Coen brothers' later, "Hail, Caesar!".