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Andrey Mironov – Soviet Ostap Bender

Andrey Mironov
Andrey Mironov was a brilliant Soviet film and theater actor. He played title roles in some of the most popular Soviet films, such as Diamond Arm (1969), Beware of the Car (1966), Twelve Chairs (1977) and many others.
In 1980 he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the RSFSR, Honored Artist of Russia, he also received the Medal “For Labour Valour”.
Mironov is the only actor who was born and died on the stage.
Andrey was born March 8, 1941 in Moscow into a family of actors. His mother was eccentric and colorful actress Maria Mironova and father, wonderful actor Alexander Menaker. Comedy duo Mironova – Menaker was very successful.
They say, Mironov was born on stage. Maria Mironova’s contractions began during the performance and she was moved to the hospital.

Actor’s nickname at school was Miron.
Parents wanted Andrey to become a diplomat, but the boy fell in love with theater.
In 1958, Mironov entered Shchukin Theatre School.
His first role on Theater of Satire’s stage was in the play “24-hour” premiered on June 24, 1962. In the Theater of satire, he worked for twenty-five years.
In 1961, Mironov made his debut in a movie in the film “And if this is love?”. Then there was Henry Oganisyan’s comedy “Three Plus Two” (1962). Later Mironov played in the movie by Eldar Ryazanov “Beware of the car.”
Mironov is known and loved for his roles in films directed by Eldar Ryazanov, Leonid Gaidai, Mark Zakharov, and other famous directors.
After the comedy Diamond Arm (1969) Mironov became a superstar of the Soviet Union.
Among his best roles was his interpretation of the classic character Ostap Bender in Twelve chairs (1977) directed by Mark Zakharov.
Mironov went to the United States twice (the first time he went to America in October 1977 and the second in summer 1983). There he was introduced to the actor De Niro and director Milos Forman.

Personal life
In 1971 Mironov married 24-year-old actress Ekaterina Gradova. It was she who played Kate in the TV series “Seventeen Moments of Spring”. Gradova gave birth to a daughter Maria Mironova. But the marriage was short-lived. Three years after the wedding Andrey and Ekaterina parted.

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Mironov and Ekaterina Gradova

Actress Larisa Golubkina became Mironov’s second wife. Golubkina had a little daughter Masha. Mironov adopted little Masha and became the father of two cute girls: Maria Mironova and Maria Golubkina. Both daughters later followed their parents’ footsteps.

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Mironov, his mother, Larisa Golubkina and daughter Masha

Mironov was in love with Tatiana Egorova.



On August 14, 1987 Mironov played the role of Figaro in the play “The Marriage of Figaro”. He fell down on the stage. It was his last performance. Mironov died of a brain hemorrhage aged 46, on August 16, 1987, only thirteen days after the death of his best film partner Anatoli Papanov.
On the day after his death, he was booked to perform. People were offered a refund for their tickets. Not a single ticket was returned.
A minor planet 3624 Mironov, discovered by Soviet astronomers Lyudmila Karachkina and Lyudmila Zhuravlyova in 1982 was named after him.

Andrey Mironov – Soviet Ostap Bender