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Nikita Mikhalkov – greatest Russian filmmaker

Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Mikhalkov – greatest Russian filmmaker


Nikita Mikhalkov is the greatest living Russian filmmaker, well known actor, and head of the Russian cinematographic union.
The boy was born on October 21, 1945, Moscow. His father, prominent Soviet writer Sergei Mikhalkov, is the author of the famous children’s story Uncle Stepa and hymns of the USSR and Russia. Nikita’s mother, poetess Natalia Konchalovskaya, was the daughter of the avant-garde artist Pyotr Konchalovsky and granddaughter of another outstanding painter, Vasily Surikov.
Nikita’s elder brother is one of the most famous Soviet – Russian filmmakers Andrei Konchalovsky, who is known for his collaboration with Andrei Tarkovsky and his own Hollywood action films, such as Runaway Train and Tango & Cash.
In 1956, Nikita entered music school, where he studied for four years. The boy dreamed of acting career. So 14-year-old Nikita made his debut in the film The Sun Shines For Everyone by Konstantin Voinov. Later he starred in anti-religious drama Clouds Over Borsk by Vasily Ordynsky. But his first big role, Nikita played in 1961, in the school film The Adventures of Krosh by Henrik Hovhannisyan.
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Mikhail Porechenkov – Russian actor

Mikhail Porechenkov

Mikhail Porechenkov – Russian actor

Mikhail Porechenkov is a Russian actor, producer and film director. You know, he is 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, into the family of 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 together with his parents the boy moved to Warsaw, Poland. There Mikhail studied at a boarding school from the late 1970s to 1986.
After school, the future actor went to Estonia, where he entered the Tallinn Military-Political Academy. However, Mikhail did not finish it, because he was expelled for multiple discipline violations.
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Pavel Priluchniy, Russian actor

Pavel Priluchniy

Pavel Priluchniy, Russian actor


Pavel Priluchniy is a Russian film and theater actor.
He was born on November 5, 1987 in Shymkent, Kazakh SSR, USSR. The actor spent his childhood in Berdsk. Pavel’s father was a boxer and his mother worked as a choreographer. He has a brother and a sister.
The future actor was engaged in boxing, dancing and singing. He attended music school. However, Pavel didn’t like neither dance nor sing.
14-year-old boy was a Candidate for Master of Sport in Boxing, but then he quitted this sport.
In 2005, Pavel graduated from the Novosibirsk State Theater School and worked at the local theater troupe called Globe. Then he moved to Moscow. In 2010, Priluchniy graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). You know, he became famous after the role of gamer Doc in the film On the Game directed by Pavel Sanaev. They say that special for this role the word DOC was tattooed on his neck.
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Mikhail Galustyan – Russian comedian

Mikhail Galustyan

Mikhail Galustyan – Russian comedian


Mikhail Galustyan is one of the most famous Russian comedians and TV presenters, writer, producer and actor. You know, his real name is Nshan Galustyan.
The boy was born on October 25, 1979 in Sochi, USSR into the family of a cook and a nurse. He has brother David, who is seven years younger.
Mikhail has always been a creative person. In the kindergarten the future humorist participated in all matinees, he sang, danced and recited poems. The boy learned to play the piano at a music school, was engaged in a puppet theater studio and judo. His first role was at school, the boy played Winnie-the-Pooh.
In 1996, Galustyan left the school and entered the medical school. After graduation, he continued his studies at the Sochi State University for Tourism and Recreation.
The boy with good sense of humor took part in KVN. In 1998 his KVN team participated in the Voronezh League Start and after the victory Burnt by the Sun was invited to Moscow. During that time, Mikhail was expelled from the institute.
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Oskar Kuchera – actor, TV presenter

Oskar Kuchera

Oskar Kuchera – actor, TV presenter


Oskar Kuchera is a Russian actor, musician, TV and radio host. His real name is Evgeny Bogolyubov.
The boy was born on August 11, 1974 in Moscow. His father, Alexander Bogolyubov, was animated and feature film director, and his mother Tatiana Bogolyubova (maiden name Kuchera, half Italian) worked as an editor in chief of the Cinema Propaganda Bureau. Oskar has elder sister Yulia.
In 1996 Kuchera graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Since 1995, he worked at the Silver Rain radio station, was an author and the host of many different programs, including the Soundtrack and Radioruletka.
In 1999 he began working at Autoradio, where he was the host of the program Curly Evening. Later, in 2001, Kuchera became VJ on Muz-TV. There he was a presenter of the program Siesta.
In 2002 Oskar won the Ovation award.
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Oleg Menshikov, Soviet-Russian actor

Oleg Menshikov

Oleg Menshikov, Soviet-Russian actor


Oleg Menshikov is a Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, theater director. By the way, he is People’s Artist of Russia (2003), three-time winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1995, 1997, 1999).
Oleg was born on November 8, 1960 in Serpukhov, Moscow region, into the family of a military engineer and a neurologist. Little boy was fond of music and parents bought an old violin. At school he was keen on juggling. Also Menshikov played the piano, his favorite tunes were cancan and melodies from classic operettas. In high school, he began staging performances. The first one had been staged by New Year’s Eve.
Menshikov finished music school. He was a member of an orchestra and could have entered the Music Conservatory. But he didn’t have to choose between music and stage. There was only stage for him. And he took his documents to the Schepkin Drama School, one of the oldest theater institutes in the country.
In 1980 Menshikov made his debut in the drama Wait And Hope by Suren Shakhbazian.
After the role in the film Pokrovsky Gates (1982) Menshikov became a star.
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Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor

Mikhail Boyarsky

Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor


Mikhail Boyarsky is a Soviet-Russian actor and singer, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984) and 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) into 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, the 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. In the play Dulcinea Tobosskaya, Mikhail played along with great actress Alisa Freindlich for the first time.
Being a school boy Mikhail starred in the short film Matches Are Not Toys For Children. But his real debut took place in 1974.
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