Misha Belenkoff is the Russian janitor and the main protagonist in the 1998 Paulie film. He was portrayed by Tony Shalhoub
Misha Belenkoff an Russian Immigrant and former teacher of literature, lives in America and works as a janitor at an animal testing lab. At the lab, Belenkoff encounters Paulie and is shocked to see Paulie speaking fluent English. Subsequently, Paulie does not speak a word when Belenkoff brings others to witness the talking bird.