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.