Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor
Mikhail Boyarsky is a Soviet-Russian actor and singer, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984) and a People’s Artist of Russia (1990). He is best known for the role of D’Artagnan in the film D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978) and its sequels (1992, 1993).
Mikhail was born on December 26, 1949 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in the family of the theater actors Sergei Boyarsky and Ekaterina Melentieva. The boy’s parents did not want the son to follow in their footsteps. They wanted him to be a musician. Boyarsky studied piano in a music school. After school, future actor entered the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema. In 1972, after graduation from the institute he began working in the Lensovet Theatre.
Being a school boy Mikhail starred in the short film “Matches are not toys for children”. But his real debut took place in 1974.
Mikhail played the main role in Troubadour and his friends, directed by G. Gladkov. Larissa Luppian, who soon became his wife, played a role of Princess.
In the movie, the actor made his debut in “The Bridge” (1974) and “The Straw Hat” (1974), and fame came to him in 1975 – after the role of Silva in the film “The eldest son”. One of his best roles was in the musical film “Dog in the manger” (1977) (based on the play by Lope de Vega).
Thanks to the role of D’Artagnan in Jungvald-Khilkevich’s film “The Three Musketeers” and popular songs from the movie Boyarsky became incredibly popular and famous. Mikhail Boyarsky, Igor Starygin, Veniamin Smekhov, Valentin Smirnitsky and Vladimir Balon became idols for millions of women. Later Mikhail played in its sequels – “The Three Musketeers, twenty years later” (1992) and “Secrets of the Queen Anna or Musketeers thirty years later” (1993).
Boyarsky also starred in “Naval Cadets'” (1987) and “Long Live the cadets'” (1991), directed by Svetlana Druzhinina, “Prisoner of If Castle”, and many others.
After leaving the Lensovet theater in 1986, Boyarsky played Rivarez in a rock musical “The Gadfly” by Alexander Kolker in the Leningrad Theater. Then he headed the theater “Benefit”. A play “Intimate Life” won a prize at the International Festival “Winter Avignon” in 1997.
Boyarsky sang about 400 songs, his most favorite were written by Maxim Dunayevsky, Victor Reznikov and Gennady Gladkov.
Boyarsky’s passion is The Beatles (in his youth the actor sang in a rock band “Nomads” and wrote songs, and in 1995-2002 he sang with the band “Silver”). Mikhail is also fond of football and philosophical books.
After the release of the film “A Man from Boulevard des Capucines” (1987), where he played a gangster nicknamed Black Jack, permanent part of his image became wide-black hat.
In the late 70s Boyarsky married actress Larissa Luppian. They have a son, Sergei Boyarsky (born in 1979), and a daughter, Elizaveta Boyarskaya (born on 20 December 1985, who is also an actress).