Aleksandr Abdulov, sex symbol of Soviet cinema
Aleksandr Abdulov was a notable Soviet-Russian film and theater actor, film director, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1986), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1991), was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland (4th class) and Medal of Honor.
The actor was born on May 29, 1953 in Tobolsk, Russia. Sasha was the youngest son, he had two elder brothers: half-brother Robert Kraynov (1940 – 4 December 2011) and Vladimir Abdulov (1947-1980; he was killed by hooligans).
For the first time Alexandr appeared on the stage at the age of 5 in the play The Kremlin Chimes. The boy wasn’t going to be an actor. He was engaged in sports and was awarded the title of Candidate for Master of Sports of the USSR in fencing, was fond of music.
After school Abdulov tried to enter Shchepkin Theatre School in Moscow, but failed. He returned home and entered Fergana State Pedagogical Institute, the faculty of physical education. A year later Alexandr entered The Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
In 1974 he debuted in the film About Vitya, About Masha And The Sea Force.
In 1975 Abdulov became a celebrity after appearing in the film The Ordinary Miracle.
He was considered a sex symbol and one of the most popular Russian stars, playing in such films as Look for a Woman, Magicians and The Woman in White.
Abdulov appeared in many Soviet and Russian movies: The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979) with Vladimir Vysotskiy, Desyat Negrityat (1987) (based on Agatha Christie’s mystery novel Ten Little Indians), To Kill a Dragon (1988), Black Rose Is an Emblem of Sorrow, Red Rose Is an Emblem of Love (1989), Genius and The House under the Starry Sky (1991), Gold (1992), Still Waters (2000), The Christmas Miracle with Chulpan Khamatova, TV series Next (2002), About Love (2004). In total, Aleksandr Abdulov starred in 112 films.
In 2000 he debuted as a film director. His musical The Bremen Town Musicians, based on the famous fairy tale, was released.
During his last years, Abdulov played in television series such as Anna Karenina and The Master and Margarita.
Abdulov was a heavy smoker and on January 3, 2008, aged 54 he died of lung cancer.
Aleksandr lived together with Tatyana Leybel.
His first wife was Russian actress Irina Alferova. Abdulov adopted her daughter from the first marriage.
After the divorce, he lived with dancer Galina Lobanova.
In 2006 he married Yulia Miloslavskaya, who gave birth to their daughter Eugenia on March 21, 2007.