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Semyon Farada, Soviet-Russian actor

Semyon Farada
On August 20, 2009 in Moscow clinic after a long and serious illness, at the age of 75, died tragicomic actor Semyon Farada.
Farada was a Soviet and Russian stage and film actor, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1991), the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (1999). He had starred in more than 80 films.
Semyon was born on December 31, 1933 in Nikolskoye village of Moscow Oblast, into the family of an Army officer. His real surname was Ferdman.

Farada studied at Bauman Moscow State Technical University and after three years in the classes he was drafted into the Baltic Fleet where he served for four years. While serving he played at the garrison theatre in Baltiysk. Semyon was the only Baltic Fleet sailor allowed to wear long hair, because he played the role of a long-haired anarchist.
In 1962 Farada graduated from Bauman University and worked as a mechanical engineer until 1969.
Since 1972 Semyon was an actor at the Drama and Comedy Theatre on Taganka. He had performed in many plays, such as “The Good Person of Szechwan”, “Hamlet”, “The Master and Margarita”, “Five stories of Babel” and many others.
In 1968 Farada made his debut in the film “Holiday in the stone age”.

Selected filmography
1974 – All the evidence against him
1975 – Between Heaven and Earth
1977 – One fine day
1979 – The Very Same Munchhausen
1979 – Garage
1983 – House built by Swift
1984 – Formula of Love
1985 – Once in a blue moon
1986 – How to be happy
1987 – A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines
1988 – Kill the dragon
1991 – Seven Days with the Russian beauty
1992 – Noah’s Ark
1993 – All Quiet in Baghdad
1994 – Russian prodigy
1995 – The Fatal Eggs
1999 – Directory of death
2000 – The Bremen Town Musicians

Few people know that because of the famous song “Uno Momento”, which was played in the film “Formula of Love” by Alexander Abdulov and Farada, the actors became known as “Italian”. The song was a hit for many years. To tell the truth Alexander and Semyon didn’t speak Italian at all. Italian words were written in Russian letters)
Farada was married to an actress Maria Politseimako and was the father of an actor and singer Mikhail Politseimako.
The actor died on August 20, 2009 in Vishnevsky hospital. He was buried at the Troyekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow.

Semyon Farada, Soviet-Russian actor