Pavel Mochalov (15 November 1800 – 28 March 1848) was one of the greatest Russian actors of the Romantic era. He worked in the Moscow Maly Theatre. His name became legendary during his lifetime. Mochalov had played more than 250 roles.
Mochalov was born in Moscow into a family of serf actors – Stepan Fedorovich and Avdotia Ivanovna, who played in Demidov’s home theater. In 1806 the whole family got their freedom. Pavel’s sister also was an actress. Pavel received a good education and spoke French.
In 1817 Mochalov debuted on the stage in the role of Polynices in Ozerov’s tragedy Oedipus in Athens. It was the play where his father played the role of Theseus and his sister played Antigone.
Pavel Mochalov reigned on the stage for 30 years.