Ivan Ohlobystin – Russian actor
Ivan Ohlobystin is a Russian actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, journalist and writer, creative director of Baon company. He was a priest at the Russian Orthodox Church.
Ivan was born on July 22, 1966 in the Tula region. Later his family moved to Moscow, where the boy entered the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). He studied together with many future leaders of Russian cinema: Tigran Keosayan, Bakhtiyar Khudoynazarov, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Alexander Bashirov, Renata Litvinova, Roman Kachanov, Rashid Nugmanov and others. Ivan didn’t finish his studies because he went into the army.
In 1992 he graduated from the Institute. He made his debut in the film The Leg directed by Nikita Tyagunov and won the award for Best Actor at the festival Youth-91 (Ivan starred under a pseudonym because of superstitions).
In 1997, he played a role of a gangster in the film Mama Do not Cry.
On February 16, 1996 his play was premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre.
In 1997 Ohlobystin became a presenter of the religious TV show Canon. In early 2001 Ivan and his family moved to Tashkent, but seven months later they returned to the capital.
President Vladimir Putin presented Ivan with gold watch inscribed “For Merit”. Later in the interview Ohlobystin admitted that he did not wear the watch, as they were bad, “Gold, with a stone, and they still go wrong.”
In 2005 he published his book XIV Principle, written in the science fiction genre.
In the film Conspiracy directed by Stanislav Libin Ohlobystin played the role of Grigory Rasputin.
In 2008, famous rock musician Garik Sukachev filmed a nostalgic dramatic movie House of the Sun using Ivan’s script.
In 2010 Oklobystin began to play the role of Dr. Bykov in the TV series Interns.
Ohlobystin called tolerant attitude towards homosexuality “blue fascism”. The actor compared same-sex marriages to the “marriage to the guinea pig” and necrophilia. On January 7, 2014 he wrote an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin to return the criminal liability for sodomy canceled in 1993, as the law banning propaganda of homosexuality is not effective.
On October 26, 2014 the actor was in the list of several hundred figures of Russian culture that couldn’t enter Ukraine because of their political positions.
On November 30, 2014 Ohlobystin brought his new film Priest San to Donetsk and expressed his support for the Donetsk People’s Republic and its leaders. As a result the State Cinema Committee of Ukraine banned 71 films and TV series with Ohlobystin.
He was the favorite priest of the Moscow bikers.
Ivan collects hunting rifles and is interested in watches and mobile phones.
On May 1, 2015 Russian media reported about the murder of famous Russian actor Ivan Ohlobystin. They say he was shot down next to his house in the suburbs. But there is no official information about his death.
In 1995 Ivan married Oksana Arbuzova. They are parents of two sons – Vasily (born on March 5, 2001)and Savva; and four daughters – Anfisa (born on August 8, 1996), Evdokia (born on November 2, 1997), Varvara (born on March 9, 1999) and Ioanna (born on August 17, 2002).
Ohlobystin is a godfather of actor Arthur Smolyaninov.