Aleksandr Demyanenko, well-known Shurik
Aleksandr Demyanenko was a Soviet and Russian actor, best known as Shurik, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1991).
Aleksandr was born on May 30, 1937 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). His father was an actor in Moscow, but moved to Sverdlovsk in the 1930s. Aleksandr spent a lot of time with his father. Little Sasha soon became interested in theater. He joined an amateur theater at the Palace of Culture, where he played his first role. In addition to the theater, he studied at the School of Music, played the piano.
In 1959, Demyanenko graduated from the Moscow Theatre Institute (GITIS) and worked as an actor at the Moscow Theatre of Mayakovsky.
Aleksandr played a lot of roles in the films produced at the Lenfilm Studio in St. Petersburg.
In 1965 he starred in a Soviet comedy Operation Y and Other Shurik’s Adventures (Operatsiya Y i drugie priklyucheniya Shurika) directed by Leonid Gaidai. His next work with Gaidai was in the comedy The Prisoner of Caucasus (Kavkazskaya Plennitsa, 1966). This film became a huge Soviet blockbuster. Natalya Varley with the team of four men – Demyanenko as Shurik, and his brilliant partners Yuri Nikulin, Georgiy Vitsin, and Yevgeni Morgunov, created a memorable acting ensemble.
Demyanenko played in one of the best comedies by Leonid Gaidai – Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future.
Aleksandr Demyanenko died from a heart attack on August 22, 1999. He was buried in St. Petersburg Seraphim Cemetery.
Marina Sklyarova was his first wife.
Later he married Lyudmila, director of the Lenfilm Studio.
1961 – Adult children
1961 – Five Days, Five Nights
1963 – First Trolleybus
1966 – How many years, how many winters!
1971 – Find me, Leon!
1972 – Last Days of Pompeii
1973 – Open book
1977 – Naked King
1983 – I’ll never forget the wounded in hospital
1984 – Tales of the old wizard
1987 – Silver Strings
1992 – Seven Forty
1996 – Strawberry