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Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac

Vladimir Balon

Vladimir Balon, actor and well-known fencer, died on February 2, 2013 in Moscow (he was 75).

Vladimir was born on February 23, 1937 (some sources – 1931) in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
He was a Soviet and Russian actor, professional athlete, Master of Sports (1956), junior fencing champion (1958).
His best-known role Vladimir played in three-part musical miniseries “D’Artagnan and three musketeers”.

Vladimir had no acting education – he graduated from the Leningrad institute of physical culture.
In the early 60’s Vladimir moved to Moscow, where he was invited by film director Eldar Ryazanov to put tricks and fights for the film “Hussar Ballad”. In the same film Balon played the role of Kutuzov’s aide-de-camp. After that Vladimir left professional sport to become an actor.
Vladimir Balon

In 1987, film director Svetlana Druzhinina invited him to put fencing in the four-part film “Naval Cadets, Charge!”, where he played a small but important role of Jacques, the servants of the Chevalier de Brillat.
In 1991, Vladimir also played Jacques in “Viva, Naval Cadets!”.
In the 2000s, he played the role of crime boss Gennady Karamyshev (“Turkish March”) and a teacher Nikolai Protasov (“Detectives-3″).
Vladimir Balon

Vladimir became famous after the epic film “The Three Musketeers”, which was filmed in 1978. Then he was invited by George Yungvald-Khilkevich for the role of D’Artagnan’s main enemy – the captain of the guards of Cardinal de Jussac.
Over the years, George Yungvald Khil’kevich decided to make three further stories about the Musketeers – “Musketeers twenty years later”, “The Secret of Queen Anna or Musketeers Thirty Years After” and “The Return of the Musketeers, or The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin”. All the actors, who played the main roles in the first film, were invited.


Vladimir’s first wife (from 1956 to 1959) was Tatiana, his classmate. Their daughter Alena is a biology teacher and a Head Teacher of the Russian school in Vilnius.
His second wife, since 1960, was Jella Agafonova, soloist of “Berezka”.




Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac
Vladimir Balon



Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac
Vladimir Balon



Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac




On February 2, 2013 Vladimir Balon’s heart stopped (he suffered from lung cancer). He was 75 years old.
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Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac


Vladimir and his friend Mikhail Boyarskiy
Vladimir Balon



Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac
Vladimir Balon

Vladimir Balon

Vladimir Balon, legendary Cardinal de Jussac

 
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