Grigoriy Antipenko, Russian actor
Grigoriy Antipenko is a Russian theatre and film actor.
He was born on October 10, 1974 in Moscow. From an early age Antipenko was fond of biology, read encyclopedias, memorizing the names of animals in Latin, and dreamed of traveling. Reptiles, especially snakes were his most favorite animals.
Grigoriy worked as a pharmacist, but not for a long time. He quitted that job because he was tired of monotony. Antipenko tried himself at different jobs; he worked as an advertising agent, a social worker, a manager, as well as the manufacturer of facsimile copies at Mosfilm.
As a young man he worked in the theater studio Candle, but he didn’t think seriously about an acting career. At the age of 22 Grigoriy began to work as a scene worker in Satyricon theatre. There he had watched a lot of performances and came to the conclusion that he wanted to be an actor. And in 1999, Antipenko entered the Shchukin Theater School. His film debut was in the film Code of Honor. After graduation in 2003 he joined the Et Cetera Theater, where he played in Paris Romance, Aunt Melkin’s secrets. For the role in the play Paris romance Antipenko was nominated for the annual theater award Moscow Debuts.
Grigoriy became famous after the film Not Be Born Beautiful where he played the president of fashion house Zimaletto – Andrei Zhdanov. In 2006, for this role he was awarded the Ukrainian national award TV Star, as the best actor of the year.
Antipenko also starred in The Man Without A Gun, the comedy Moon-Odessa, historical film Conspiracy, melodrama Razluchnitsa, drama That Night The Angels Cried, Cornflowers for Vasilisa, 45 Seconds and many others.
His main passion is climbing, not as a sport, but a way of life perception, which helps him to understand himself and to think about eternal values. He visited the Caucasus, Tien Shan, Altai and other notable places. For the first time, in 1998, the actor did his first solo ascent in the Caucasus, to test himself.
Grigoriy’s first wife was Elena Antipenko. They have son Alexander.
For six years he lived with actress Yulia Takshina. The couple has two wonderful sons – Ivan (born in 2007) and Feodor (born in 2009).