Konstantin Khabensky – Russian actor
Konstantin Khabensky is a Russian actor best known in the West for starring in the films Night Watch and Day Watch as the lead character Anton Gorodetsky.
Kostya was born on January 11, 1972 in St. Petersburg. His father worked as an engineer and mother worked as a Math teacher. Konstantin has an older sister – Natalia Khabenskaya, who is a singer.
As a child, Kostya did not think about acting career. After school, he studied at the Institute of Aviation Instrumentation.
In 1990, Khabensky entered the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography.
Khabensky worked in Satyricon Theatre in Moscow and Lensovet Theatre in Saint Petersburg. He also worked as a TV presenter.
In 2002, the actor debuted at the Moscow Art Theater. He played the role of Zilov in the play “Duck Hunt”.
In 1998, Konstantin starred in three films: “Natasha” (the Hungarian-Russian detective by Thomas Toth), “Women’s Property” (directed by Dmitry Meshiev) and social drama “Khrustalyov, car!”. Thanks to these roles Khabensky was noticed and invited to play a small role in the Nikolai Lebedev’s thriller “Fan”. Then he starred as one of the main characters in the drama by Vladimir Fokin “Homes for the rich” and was awarded the prize for “Best Actor”.
The role of investigator Igor Plakhanov in the TV series “Deadly Force” actor received quite unexpectedly, but it made him famous.
Konstantin starred in the series “Empire is under attack” (2000), “Mechanical Suite” (2001), “In Motion” (by Philip Jankowski).
In 2004, was premiered the first Russian blockbuster “Night Watch”, where Khabensky played the title role of Anton Gorodetsky.
Konstantin starred in the film “Rush Hour” (2006, based on Jerzy Stavinsky’s novel), played the role of Alexander Kolchak in the film “Admiral”, co-starred Milla Jovovich in the film Vykrutasy by Timur Bekmambetov, acted in The White Guard (2012), World War Z (2013), Black Sea (2014) and Levitan (2014).
His first love Anastasia Rezunkova Khabensky met in December 1988, she was 15 and he was 16. They both came to the Youth Theatre “Saturday”. They were together for three years.
“At first I didn’t like Kostya”, says Anastasia. “He was a long haired boy with a rat on his shoulder”.
While studying at the Institute Konstantin was in love with Tatiana Polonskaya. Khabensky wanted to marry her, but the girl refused.
On January 12, 2000 Khabensky married journalist Anastasia Smirnova, who starred in “Lines of Destiny” (2003), TV series “Deadly Force – 5”, “Sapiens” (2004), “9 months” (2006).
On September 25, 2007 Anastasia gave birth to a son, Ivan. Soon after his birth, 34 -year-old actor’s wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was operated and then Konstantin moved her into one of the American clinics. Doctors believed that Anastasia would live more than 10 years, but on December 1, 2008, after a year of treatment, Anastasia died.
In summer 2013 Khabensky married actress Olga Litvinova.