Mikhail Porechenkov – Russian actor
Mikhail Porechenkov is a Russian actor, producer and film director, Honored Artist of Russia (2006), Candidate for Master of Sport in boxing. He is one of the most colorful characters in the world of Russian cinema. Once he was called “Russian Schwarzenegger”.
In 2008, Porechenkov produced, directed and starred in D-Day, a Russian remake of the 1985 American action film Commando.
Mikhail was born on March 2, 1969 in Leningrad, Soviet Union, in the family of a sailor Yevgeny Porechenkov. According to the actor, his parents often were not at home. That’s why his childhood Misha spent with his grandmother. At first he lived in the Pskov region, but soon moved with his parents to Warsaw, Poland, where Mikhail studied at a boarding school from the late 1970s to 1986.
After school, the future actor went to Estonia, where he enrolled in Tallinn Military-Political Academy, but did not finish it, because the boy was expelled for multiple discipline violations.
Porechenkov served in the Soviet Army in the construction battalion and then came back to Leningrad.
In 1996, he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema.
Porechenkov performed in various plays. His first star role was in the play “Waiting for Godot”. Mikhail was noticed and was offered roles in his first films “Close to time” and “Wheel of Love”.
But he became popular after the role in the film Agent of National Security (1999) where he starred with Andrei Krasko.
Porechenkov appeared in “Big Love”, “1612”, “The White Guard”, “Isayev” and many others. He worked with such stars of Russian cinema as Vladimir Mashkov, Vladimir Menchov, Sergei Makovetskii, Ksenia Rappoport and many others.
In 2013, Porechenkov played the role of famed wrestler Ivan Poddubny in the eponymous film.
In 2003 the actor joined the Moscow Art Theatre.
In 2006, Mikhail was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.
Porechenkov also worked as a TV presenter for “Forbidden Zone” (TNT), “Culinary duel” (NTV), and “The Battle of psychics” (TNT).
His first son Vladimir, whose mother Irina Lyubimtseva died in 1994 or 1995, is engaged in judo and boxing. The boy was born on December 22, 1989 and how lives in Tallinn.
Porechenkov’s first wife Ekaterina, a businesswoman, worked as an interpreter. They met thanks to Vladimir Shevelkov. Their daughter, Barbara (born March 10, 1998) is also an actress, who starred with her father in his film “D-Day”.
In 1999 Mikhail met his second wife Olga. Their marriage took place in 2000. They have three children – son Mikhail (born October 12, 2002), daughter Maria (born December 26, 2004), son Peter (born July 12, 2010).
His official site: www.михаилпореченков.рф