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Manly Russian Actors

Manly Russian Actors

Manly Russian Actors


There are many “beautiful” and “sweet” men on the screen today. Many girls like them. To tell the truth, the man should be brave, courageous, brutal not “cute”. I’ve chosen the manliest Russian actors. Let’s have a look.
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Georgy Millyar – best Baba Yaga

Georgy Millyar – Baba Yaga

Georgy Millyar – best Baba Yaga in the world

Georgy Millyar (1903 – 1993) was a prominent Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, People’s Artist of the RSFSR.
Georgy was born on November 7, 1903 in Moscow into a family of French engineer, who came to work in Russia, and a daughter of an Irkutsk gold miner, Elizaveta Zhuravleva. But father died in 1906 in Yalta, when the boy was only three. Before the First World War widow moved from Moscow to Gelendzhik. After 1917, the family was left without relatives and without money. Flat in Moscow and house in Gelendzhik were confiscated.
Georgy worked in the theater as a property man, but he dreamed of the stage and learned every role.
Actor’s debut took place in the play “Cinderella”. The actress, who played the title role, became ill and Millyar replaced her. So in 1920 began his acting career.
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Marina Vlady – Russian Frenchwoman

Marina Vlady actress

Marina Vlady – beautiful actress


Marina Vlady is a French actress and singer of Russian origin, writer, was engaged in sculpture. The actress has played in more than 100 films and has written more than a dozen books. Her real name is Ekaterina Marina Polyakova-Baydarova, also known as Catherine Marina de Poliakoff-Baydaroff.
Marina was born on May 10, 1938 in Clichy-la-Garenne, France in the family of Russian immigrants. She was the youngest of four daughters. Her father, Vladimir Polyakov-Baydarov, actor of opera houses in Paris and Monte Carlo, left Moscow for France during World War I. Her mother Milica Envald was a dancer, daughter of a Russian general.
“I am Russian, only with a French passport. My father graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. When the First World War began, he went to France, to go a volunteer into the army. He was the only son of a widowed mother, and he wasn’t taken to the Russian army. My father became a pilot, was wounded and was awarded the military cross. After the war, he stayed in France, worked at the Paris Opera, sang at the Opera de Monte Carlo. He was familiar with Modigliani, Matisse, Delaunay. My mother’s family left Russia in 1919. Mom was in Belgrade when she met my father – Vladimir Polyakov, who came on tour. My mom grew up in St. Petersburg.”
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First Russian films

Stenka Razin film

Stenka Razin


On October 28, 1908 a short film Stenka Razin was released in Russia. It was directed by Vladimir Romashkov and based on a folk song about Stenka Razin. The film is considered to be the first short film of the Russian Empire.
Here you can find information about other first Russian short films.

The Coronation of Nicholas II (1896)
The first film in the Russian Empire was made by a Frenchman, Camille Cerf, the cameraman of the Lumiere brothers. After having received the royal permission, he made the world’s first report on the coronation of Nicholas II.
One remarkable review in a Moscow newspaper: “He (Camille Cerf) will film the whole solemn procession. It will appear on a special moving belt. Images will be, however, so microscopic, that only after the increase they can be utilized.”
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Sergei Zhigunov – Russian actor

Sergei Zhigunov

Sergei Zhigunov – Russian actor

Sergei Zhigunov is a Russian film and theater actor, producer, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1995), President of the Russian Film Actors Guild. He has played a lot of bright roles.
Sergei was born on January 2, 1963 in Rostov -on-Don. His parents were actors. Zhigunov was a very energetic and creative child. Because of various pranks the boy was twice expelled from music school and was even expelled from secondary school.
Sergei played small roles in his mother’s plays. He was Cheburashka, the young New Year, jackal Tobacco, and many other characters. But Sergei wasn’t going to become an actor. Everything changed when the boy saw Nikolai Karachentsov on the stage. The famous Soviet actor made the greatest impression on the young boy.
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Ekaterina Strizhenova

Ekaterina Strizhenova

Ekaterina Strizhenova – beautiful actress


Ekaterina Strizhenova (nee Tokman) is a Russian theater and film actress, TV presenter.
She was born on March 20, 1968 in Moscow. Her father, a journalist and writer, died of cancer when Katya was only six years old, and her sister Victoria was twelve. Her mother was a Russian language teacher, then she worked in the presidential administration.
At the age of five Ekaterina started acting in children’s television programs and was a presenter of children’s concerts and performances. Then the little girl joined Moscow children’s dance ensemble Kalinka.
Ekaterina made her film debut in 1984. The young aspiring actress played one of the title roles in drama Leader, directed by Boris Durov. On the set of the film Ekaterina met her future husband – Alexander Strizhenov, who also played one of the main roles in the film.
The actress graduated from Moscow Institute of Culture.
Ekaterina played in many theatrical production such as Subway and Hamlet at the Drama Theater named after Anton Chekhov, as well as in Actors Studio Theater’s productions.
In 1997, Strizhenova became a presenter of the television program Good Morning on Channel One.
In 1997, the girl starred in Alexander Shevchenko’s music videos for the songs “Everything will be as you want” and “Only for her”.
In 2008, she participated in the TV show Ice Age, where professional figure skater Alexei Tikhonov was her partner.
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Natalia Guslistaya – Natalie Burn

Natalia Guslistaya

Natalia Guslistaya – beautiful actress and dancer

Natalia Guslistaya or Natalie Burn is an actress, choreographer, modern ballet dancer, stuntwoman and an extremely beautiful girl. Natalia entered Actors Studio, becoming a student of Al Pacino, Martin Landau and Sally Kirkland.
Her dance impressed director of London’s Royal Academy and great Maurice Bejart.
The beautiful and talented girl was born in the USSR in the family of a ballerina and a representative of scientific dynasty. She began dancing in Kiev. Then the family moved to Moscow, and Natalia continued her studies at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography at the Bolshoi Theater.
She also studied at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she was invited by the director Gailene Stock, and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. The girl practiced with famous choreographers in 3 studios Pineapple Studio (London), Millennium Studios (Los Angeles), and The Edge Studios (Los Angeles).
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