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Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter

Maxim Galkin

Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter


Maxim Galkin is a popular Russian impersonator, comedian, presenter, actor and singer. By the way, he is Russian Primadonna Alla Pugacheva’s fifth husband.
Maxim was born on June 18, 1976 in Naro-Fominsk district, Moscow. His father Alexander Alexandrovich was a Colonel-General, from 1987 to 1997 he headed the Main Armored Directorate of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. And his mother Natalie Grigorievna worked at the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics.
His family moved often because his father was a military man. When Maxim was 3 years old, they lived in Germany, then moved to Odessa, where Maxim graduated from elementary school, and then the family moved to Baikal, Ulan-Ude. Finally, they returned to Moscow.
Maxim was a very talented boy. In school plays Galkin played different roles – the old alcoholic, Ostap Bender, King Solomon, Count Nulin, Don Carlos.
At the age of 13 Maxim saw Gennady Khazanov on TV, who parodied Mikhail Gorbachev. Immediately the boy showed ability to portray the first president of the USSR not worse than the eminent humorist.
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Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov


Filipp Kirkorov is a bright and unique personality in Russian show business. He is a Russian singer, producer and actor.
The boy was born on April 30, 1967 in Varna into a family of Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent Bedros Kirkorov and Russian mother Victoria Likhacheva. Already at the age of 5, the future star went on tour with his parents.
In 1984, Filipp entered the Gnessin State Musical College. His creative career began in 1985. Filipp sang a song Alyosha in Bulgarian in the TV program.
In 1987 Kirkorov worked as a musician in Leningrad Music Hall, directed by Ilya Rachlin. Then he met poet Ilya Reznik, who helped Kirkorov to conquer Olympus of Russian show business.
In 1988 Filipp met Alla Pugacheva and received an invitation to participate in her Christmas Meetings. By that time, Kirkorov had already graduated from the School of Music and had performed in Yalta with his first contest. Also he made the first music video for the song Carmen and sang for free in Mongolia for Soviet soldiers.
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Konstantin Khabensky – Russian actor

Konstantin Khabensky

Konstantin Khabensky – Russian actor


Konstantin Khabensky is a Russian actor best known in the West for starring in the films Night Watch and Day Watch as the lead character Anton Gorodetsky. You know, he is Honored Artist of Russia (2006) and People’s Artist of Russia (2012).
Kostya was born on January 11, 1972 in St. Petersburg. His father worked as an engineer and his mother worked as a Math teacher. Konstantin has elder sister Natalia Khabenskaya, who is a singer.
As a child, Kostya did not think about acting career. After school, he studied at the Institute of Aviation Instrumentation. And in 1990, Khabensky entered the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography.
The actor worked in the Satyricon Theatre in Moscow and the Lensovet Theatre in Saint Petersburg. Also he worked as a TV presenter.
In 2002, the actor debuted at the Moscow Art Theater. He played the role of Zilov in the play Duck Hunt. Then the actor received the main roles in the White Guard and Threepenny Opera.
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Ivan Urgant – TV presenter, actor

Ivan Urgant

Ivan Urgant – TV presenter, actor


Ivan Urgant is a Russian TV presenter, actor, musician and showman. Today, he is known as the main presenter of the first Russian night-show Evening Urgant.
The boy was born on April 16, 1978. His grandmother Nina Urgant was a famous actress, the star of the Soviet film Belorussian Station. And his mum and dad are also actors.
A year after the Ivan’s birth, his parents divorced. The future actor lived with his mum and stepfather, actor Dmitry Ladygin. But he also spent much time with his grandmother. Ivan called her simply Nina and sometimes mum.
As a child, Ivan had many hobbies – sport, music and Mikhail Boyarsky’s songs. At the age of 15 the boy went to America as an exchange student.
Future celebrity graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, where he had played in Macbeth along with Alisa Freindlikh. Theater, however, did not become Urgant’s main passion. Ivan decided that acting career was not able to feed him and he worked as a waiter, singer and show presenter in nightclubs.
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Most Handsome Soviet Actors

Most Handsome Soviet Actors

Most Handsome Soviet Actors

Most handsome Soviet actors
Here are famous men of the Soviet era, who would be easily called sex symbols today.

Vasily Lanovoi
Vasily was born in Moscow. He showed his acting talent in his school years. Lanovoi attended drama school and performed on the scene. After graduating from drama school he joined the Vakhtangov Theater and works there till today.
He made his debut in the title role in the film Leaving Certificate. In his filmography there are a lot of prominent roles in films, which have become classics of Russian cinema. He played Pavel Korchagin in the eponymous film, Gray in Scarlet Sails, Kuragin in War and Peace, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Ivan Barabas in Officers and many more heroes. In total, there are more than 60 films in his filmography and the actor does not stop acting. One of his latest roles to date was in the film The Three Musketeers, in which he played Cardinal Richelieu.
Lanovoi is married to actress Irina Kupchenko. They have two sons, one of whom died tragically last year.
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Igor Vernik – Russian actor, TV presenter

Igor Vernik

Igor Vernik – Russian actor, TV presenter


Russian actor and popular TV presenter Igor Vernik was born on October 11, 1963 in Moscow into a family of Union Radio director, People’s Artist of Russia, and music teacher. In his childhood Igor studied at music school.
Vernik successfully entered the Moscow Art Theater and after graduation he was invited to work at the Moscow Art Theatre. Igor has played in King Lear, The Pickwick Club, The Pit, Tartuffe etc. Besides, he has starred in more than a dozen films. But he became popular among viewers as a presenter of different television shows. He took part in the TV program It’s Easy on TVC channel, then there were such programs as For You, Nightlife Cities In The World, Seventh Sense, Good Morning, Saturday Night with Star, Rec-time.
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Maria Kozhevnikova – Russian actress, politician

Maria Kozhevnikova

Maria Kozhevnikova – Russian actress, politician


Maria Kozhevnikova is a Russian actress, member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. You know, she represents Siberian city Tomsk in Russian parliament.
Kozhevnikova, star of the television series Univer, was Russian Playboy’s cover girl in 2009 and was voted the country’s sexiest woman by Maxim magazine.
Maria was born on November 14, 1984 in Moscow into the family of Soviet ice hockey player Alexander Kozhevnikov, two-time Olympic champion and Merited Master of Sports. Mother of the future actress and politician worked as an English teacher.
Pretty girl was born in the Soviet Union, but grew up in Europe, because her father, hockey player, played in England, Sweden and Switzerland. The family traveled with him. In England and Sweden, Maria immediately made friends with classmates, but in Switzerland, there were many problems. The Swiss did not like immigrants and the girl had to fight with bullies.
Several times Maria was literally on the verge of death. 11-year-old girl was incorrectly diagnosed with peritonitis, interns took her to surgery and removed healthy appendix. The next time Maria was training for several hours without a break and fainted. Falling down she hit her head badly and broke her arm. A few years ago Kozhevnikova miraculously survived after car-truck crash.
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